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North Rowan senior earns Presidential Volunteer Award

SALISBURY — Jared Patrick Hensley, a student at North Rowan High School, has been honored for exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes volunteers of all ages who gave significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. North Rowan nominated Jared for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

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.

“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEO Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said association Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide in September through middle and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.

These schools and designated local organizations nominated local honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected state honorees, distinguished finalists and certificate of excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.

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