Clyde-Savannah High School student Andrew Hamblet, 18, of Savannah, recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, and is granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Clyde-Savannah High School nominated Hamblet for national honors in recognition of his volunteer service.
Hamblet is an active member of his local Boy Scout troop and is part of Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. He earned the Eagle Scout rank in December 2016 by painting fire hydrants in the village of Clyde to meet National Fire Protection Association standards as his service project. He serves his classmates as senior class treasurer, and is a member of National Honor Society. He is an altar server at St. Patrick Church in Savannah, part of St. Joseph the Worker Parish.
“Clyde-Savannah High School’s faculty and student body are very proud of this formal recognition of Andrew,” Principal Craig Pawlak said. “Andrew has set a consistent example of community citizenship for his peers through his volunteer efforts as a member of our National Honor Society chapter as well as outside of school.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”