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McCabe, Director of Communications
of Washington School Principals (AWSP)
or 360.951.5269 (mobile)
Two Washington youth slated to
receive national honors for strides in volunteerism
Selah and Battle Ground students earn trip and $1,000
awards—several additional Washington student volunteers
– Shari Schindler, 18, of Selah and Caitlyn Hammersley, 14, of
Battle Ground were recently selected as the top two youth volunteers
from Washington state for 2005 by the Prudential Spirit of
Community Awards in partnership with the National Association of
Secondary School Principals (NASSP). NASSP is the national affiliate of
the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP).
The girls, who were selected
out of a pool of more than 20,000 candidates based on their outstanding
acts of volunteerism, each received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion
and will take a trip to Washington, D.C. in early May.
“This program is an
outstanding example of how we can honor the good work of young people
and help inspire similar efforts in others,” said Gary Kipp,
executive director of AWSP. “Volunteerism is an important aspect
of education that should continue to be rewarded. We’re pleased to
see such variety in the projects by Washington students and that their
leadership is being honored at this level.”
Schindler, a senior at Selah
High School (Selah School District), produced and taught a series of
classes that focused on consumer finance.
With aspirations of one day
becoming a teacher, Schindler wanted to educate her peers using valuable
material that they could immediately benefit from. Nearly 800 students
and 250 teachers attended the classes, which ranged from budgeting to
avoiding identity theft.
“Young people need to realize the best
way to prevent problems with finances later on is to become educated
today,” said Schindler. “I would like young people to
realize their finances will always be an important part of their lives,
and it is never too early to start preparing for future decisions by
gaining the skills they will need later on today.”
Hammersley, an eighth-grader at Maple Grove
Middle School (Battle Ground School District), devotes her spare time to
raising puppies for the National Guide Dogs for the Blind Organization.
She joined the program in third grade and after graduating the program,
received her first puppy—it was two months old.
“Visually impaired people use these dogs
to help them better their lives with more fulfillment,” said
Hammersley. “Without the puppy raisers, people who are blind
wouldn’t have guide dogs.”
Hammersley trains the dogs and teaches them
general obedience commands. Around the puppy’s first birthday,
they are assigned to a new home and Hammersley starts the process all
over again with another new puppy. Giving the dogs back is the most
difficult part of the job, Hammersley said, but knows she is doing it
for the right reasons.
During the girls’ trip to Washington,
D.C., they will tour landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony and visit
their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. The trip will be
capped off when 10 of the 104 state honorees will be selected as
national honorees and will receive additional cash and
Along with Schindler and Hammersley, six other
Washington state students were recognized as Distinguished
Finalists for their community service activities:
- Dakota Cavanaugh, 12, Ridgetop Junior High
(Central Kitsap SD)
Cavanaugh collected donated school supplies for 15 needy students at
her school who could not otherwise afford them.
- Carlye Cunniff, 17, Olympia High School
To open the door to the tragedy of the African AIDS epidemic,
Cunniff organized a pen-pal project between 40 students at her high
school and 40 students in a South African school.
- Guadalupe Duarte, 16, Sno-Isle Tech Skill
Center (Mukilteo SD)
Duarte has served as an interpreter for three Spanish-speaking
students at her school since the seventh grade.
- Casey Oswald, 18, Bellingham High School
For two years, Oswald oversaw all aspects of construction of two
pedestrian bridges on a new nature reserve in the community.
- ErinLee Roesler, 18, Sultan High School
Needy citizens in Sultan receive free meals every month thanks to
Roesler, who hosts a community soup dinner at her church every
- Tasha Tarver-Guatney, 17, Cascade High
School (Cascade SD)
Tarver-Guatney established a nonprofit
organization called “Africa Unveiled,” which raises money to
support homeless children in Kenya.
For more information on this year’s
Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished
Finalists, visit: www.prudential.com/spirit or www.principals.org/awards/prudential.cfm.
About the Association of
Washington School Principals (AWSP)
The Association of
Washington School Principals is a professional association serving
principals and assistant principals. Formed in 1972, the Association now
includes more than 3,500 members from public and private elementary,
middle and high schools statewide. It also includes three component
boards, representing principals, assistant principals and principal
interns at the elementary, middle and high school level. The mission of
AWSP is to support principals and assistant principals and the
principalship in the education of all students.