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Student Shines with Community Spirit

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Mary Kate Ryan, an eighth-grade student at Oldfield Middle, was selected as the school’s nominee for the 2014-15 Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Ryan’s application was selected to represent all of OMS at the state-level competition among hundreds of middle and high school applicants.

In her application, Ryan explained the community service work in which she participates and how she feels about giving back to the community. Ryan totaled approximately 200 hours in the past three years of community service and continues to dedicate her time volunteering at her church and a local nursing home. In addition to her community service and academic responsibilities, Ryan is a member and board treasurer of the National Junior Honor Society. Although she did not advance at the state level, Ryan received a Presidential Bronze Certificate for her participation in the competition.

“Not everyone is as fortunate as others, and I want to help them feel good about themselves and enhance their lives,” said Ryan. “Community service is very rewarding, and it means so much to me to put a smile on someone else’s face. It’s not work; it is fun, and I love it.”