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Top Youth Volunteers in Each State Selected in 18th Annual National Awards Program

<p class='bwalignc'> <b>102 student volunteers earn $1,000 awards, silver medallions and trip to nation's capital</b> </p>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Top Youth Volunteers in Each State Selected in 18th Annual National Awards Program08:00 EST Tuesday, February 05, 2013 WASHINGTON (Business Wire) -- America's 102 most outstanding youth volunteers – two from each state and the District of Columbia – were named State Honorees today by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for exemplary acts of volunteerism. The awards program, now in its 18th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Each of the 102 State Honorees will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2013. In addition to the State Honorees, the program's judges recognized 234 students nationwide as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion. More than 400 other applicants were awarded Certificates of Excellence for their volunteer work. (See attached list of State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists.) Many of this year's State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists were recognized for working to combat bullying, raise money for cancer research and make more activities accessible to people with disabilities. Others were honored for mentoring other young people and supporting U.S. veterans and troops. A great deal of energy was also devoted to addressing critical needs abroad; many honorees volunteered to help provide impoverished and disaster-stricken communities overseas with food, clothes, shoes, education and comfort. Learn about the volunteer activities of each State Honoree and Distinguished Finalist at http://spirit.prudential.com. “Prudential is proud to honor these students for making meaningful contributions to their communities,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “We hope that shining a spotlight on their initiative, creativity and compassion inspires others to consider how they, too, can make a difference.” “Through their volunteer service, each of these young people has made his or her mark on at least one person, school or community,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “When you consider the collective impact of each of these individual acts, it's clear that young people can be a major force for good.” About The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service. All public and private middle level and high schools in the country, as well as all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Nearly 5,000 Local Honorees were then reviewed by an independent judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on criteria including personal initiative, effort, impact and personal growth. While in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees – one middle level and one high school student from each state and the District of Columbia – will tour the capital's landmarks, meet top youth volunteers from other parts of the world, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. On May 6, 10 of the State Honorees – five middle level and five high school students – will be named America's top youth volunteers of 2013. These National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. Since the program began in 1995, more than 100,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The program also is conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland and India. In addition to granting its own awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program also distributes President's Volunteer Service Awards to qualifying Local Honorees on behalf of President Barack Obama. About NASSP NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society™, National Junior Honor Society®, National Elementary Honor Society®, and National Association of Student Councils®. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org. About Prudential Financial Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit http://www.news.prudential.com/. Editors: For full-color pictures of the Spirit of Community Awards program logo and medallions, click here: http://bit.ly/Xi4oFWThe Prudential Spirit of Community Awards 2013 State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists   AlabamaState Honorees: Kristen Ashley, 17, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville Emily Whittington, 13, Knollwood Christian School, Mobile   Distinguished Finalists: Sarah Arwood, 17, Parrish High School, Parrish Eli Nafziger, 14, Hewitt-Trussville High School, Trussville Micah Smith, 16, Hoover High School, Hoover Caitlin Wall, 18, Florence High School, Florence   AlaskaState Honorees: Shaylee Rizzo, 17, Nikiski Middle/High School, Nikiski Samuel Allred, 13, Raven Correspondence School, Anchorage   Distinguished Finalists: Allison Ostrander, 16, Kenai Central High School, Kenai Reese Qualls, 13, Palmer Junior Middle School, Palmer   ArizonaState Honorees: Morgan Beckwith, 18, Telesis Center for Learning, Lake Havasu City Alexandra Cockett, 13, Trivium Preparatory Academy, Goodyear   Distinguished Finalists: Naveen Dasari, 15, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale Sarah Heiser, 18, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson Henry Ng, 18, Glendale High School, Glendale Aditi Poduval, 17, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale Matthew Safford, 17, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale Braden Whitaker, 18, Ironwood Ridge High School, Tucson   ArkansasState Honorees: Tiffany Easter, 18, Sheridan High School, Sheridan Blake Abston, 13, Pulaski Heights Middle School, Little Rock   Distinguished Finalists: Tatiana Borecky, 17, Shirley High School, Newport Katherine Boyd, 17, Huntsville High School, Huntsville Robert Callahan, 16, Southside High School, Batesville Hailey Flatte, 18, Greenwood High School, Greenwood   CaliforniaState Honorees: Allyson Ahlstrom, 17, Cardinal Newman High School, Santa Rosa Teagan Stedman, 13, Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles   Distinguished Finalists: Madison Brinnon, 17, YMCA of the East Bay, Oakland Lulu Cerone, 13, Archer School for Girls, Los Angeles Rohan Chandra, 17, The Harker School, San Jose Shawn Esmaili, 18, Saint Francis High School, Mountain View Sydney Fredette, 13, St. Anne School, Laguna Niguel Noah Lizerbram, 18, La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad Danamarie McNicholl-Carter, 18, Academy of Our Lady of Peace, San Diego Nicole Minkina, 17, Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita Samuel Patton, 14, Nevada County 4-H, Grass Valley Kayla Tinucci, 16, Canyon High School, Canyon Country   ColoradoState Honorees: Austin Reed, 18, Wray High School, Wray Estefania Martinez, 13, North Middle School Health Sciences & Technology Campus, Aurora   Distinguished Finalists: Matthew Golub, 18, Evergreen High School, Evergreen Andrew Pham, 18, Cherokee Trail High School, Aurora Courtney Pool, 18, Pine Creek High School, Colorado Springs Navya Roy, 16, Rock Canyon High School, Highlands Ranch   ConnecticutState Honorees: Alison Forger, 16, Masuk High School, Monroe Anna Murphy, 11, Stafford Elementary School, Stafford Springs   Distinguished Finalists: Hanna De Bruyn, 16, Lyme-Old Lyme High School, Old Lyme Tyler Hoffman, 17, Farmington High School, Litchfield Lexi Kelley, 16, St. Luke's School, New Canaan Charles Proctor, 18, Hopkins School, New Haven   DelawareState Honorees: Krysta Pritchett, 17, Sussex Technical High School, Georgetown Kyle Spillane, 13, Kent County 4-H, Dover   Distinguished Finalists: Emily Ciuffetelli, 17, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington Daniel Iammatteo, 17, Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes   District of ColumbiaState Honorees: Kahlil Epps, 16, St. John's College High School, Washington Miheret Hasenu, 13, Columbia Heights Educational Campus, Washington   Distinguished Finalists: Treyon Hancock, 18, Options Public Charter School, Washington Brianna Little, 17, Benjamin Banneker High School, Washington   FloridaState Honorees: Alexis Lehrman, 14, Design and Architecture Senior High, Miami Joshua Williams, 11, Ransom Everglades School, Coconut Grove   Distinguished Finalists: Sara Brenes, 17, The Randazzo School, Coconut Creek Erica Chemtob, 17, Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park Valentina Ferreira, 19, Wellington High School, Wellington Christopher George, 13, Equip Education, Miramar N'Jhari Jackson, 10, The Paideia School of Tampa Bay, Tampa Lance Oppenheim, 17, HandsOn Broward, Lauderhill Randall Slapikas, 13, Forest Glen Middle School, Coral Springs Tiffany Tang, 17, Cypress Creek High School, Orlando   GeorgiaState Honorees: David Resnick, 18, Centennial High School, Roswell Kelsey Hirsch, 13, Piney Grove Middle School, Cumming   Distinguished Finalists: Julia Abelsky, 18, North Springs Charter High School, Sandy Springs Ben Bearup, 14, Webb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta Chase Czaykowsky, 15, Atlanta Adventist Academy, Duluth Sara McCorkle, 17, Evans County 4-H, Claxton Mary Claire Birdsong, 18, McFarlane School, Augusta Shaurya Verma, 17, Milton High School, Milton   HawaiiState Honorees: Brittany Amano, 15, 'Iolani School, Honolulu Michael-Logan Jordan, 14, Kailua Intermediate School, Kailua   Distinguished Finalists: Scott Fetz, 17, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Kamuela Lynn Nguyen, 16, Punahou School, Honolulu   IdahoState Honorees: Abigail Blue, 17, Mountain View High School, Meridian Katie Skarpnes, 12, Vallivue Middle School, Caldwell   Distinguished Finalists: Kyle Ashby, 17, Bishop Kelly High School, Boise Carl Breidenbach, 18, Timberline High School, Boise   IllinoisState Honorees: Paige Logan, 18, Effingham County 4-H, Effingham Jashira Bolden, 13, Unity Lutheran Christian Elementary School, East St. Louis   Distinguished Finalists: Mark Crenshaw, 18, Eureka High School, Eureka Jake Herb, 16, Barrington High School, Barrington Isha Jog, 17, Hoffman Estates High School, Hoffman Estates Ingrid Lustig, 18, Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest Alex Marck, 18, Aquin Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Freeport Michael Bryant Powell, 18, Belleville West High School, Belleville Jen Rubino, 18, Maine South High School, Park Ridge Matthew Williams, 15, Vienna High School, Vienna   IndianaState Honorees: Cayman Jarvis, 17, Center Grove High School, Greenwood Courtland Cottle, 13, Maple Crest Middle School, Kokomo   Distinguished Finalists: Kellie Dippel, 18, Brownsburg High School, Brownsburg Brooke Campbell, 18, East Noble High School, Kendallville Audrey Eckart, 14, Clark-Pleasant Middle School, Greenwood Kaylin Fanta, 17, Hanover Central High School, Cedar Lake Amber Kriech, 18, Carmel High School, Carmel Clayton Smith, 17, Tri-Central High School, Sharpsville   IowaState Honorees: Katelyn Cinnamon, 17, Valley High School, West Des Moines Samantha Dilocker, 13, Red Oak Middle School, Red Oak   Distinguished Finalists: Bradley Baudler, 18, Adair County 4-H, Greenfield Dylan DeClerck, 17, Valley High School, West Des Moines Julianne Delessio, 18, Pleasant Valley High School, Bettendorf Jacy McAlexander, 12, Carroll County 4-H, Carroll   KansasState Honorees: Cassie Wang, 17, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe Alec Elffner, 14, Hiawatha Middle School, Hiawatha   Distinguished Finalists: Logan Brown, 17, Free State High School, Lawrence Blake Carnes, 17, Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park Luke Garrison, 17, Shawnee County 4-H, Topeka Anna Lipscomb, 16, Heritage Christian Academy, Olathe   KentuckyState Honorees: Virginia Newsome, 17, Lafayette High School, Lexington Madison Roy, 10, St. Raphael the Archangel School, Louisville   Distinguished Finalists: Faith Call, 17, Southwestern High School, Somerset Jessica Collins, 13, Martha Layne Collins High School, Shelbyville Olivia Colliver, 18, Montgomery County High School, Mt. Sterling Victoria Poston, 17, Marshall County 4-H, Benton   LouisianaState Honorees: Kellie Abbott, 17, Haughton High School, Haughton Erica LeMere, 14, University of Texas University Charter, Meridell Campus, Liberty Hill   Distinguished Finalists: Alexa Babin, 17, C. E. Byrd High School, Shreveport Henry Futch, 14, Cedar Creek School, Ruston Madison Heil, 18, Fontainebleau High School, Mandeville Safa Michigan, 13, Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport   MaineState Honorees: Katherine Elliott, 18, Scarborough High School, Scarborough Marissa Bates, 10, Girl Scouts of Maine, South Portland   Distinguished Finalists: Corey Kruszenski, 18, Kennebunk High School, Kennebunk Sydney Pepin, 14, Massabesic High School, Waterboro   MarylandState Honorees: William Michie, 17, Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn Sade Miller, 12, Lockerman Middle School, Denton   Distinguished Finalists: Celeste Awokoya-Gregory, 17, James Hubert Blake High School, Silver Spring Nylah Burton, 17, Guyton-Burton Homeschool, Upper Marlboro Susanqi Jiang, 16, Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville Jessica Lantz, 17, Easton High School, Easton Melissa Rifkin, 17, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Frederick Lindsay White, 17, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Towson   MassachusettsState Honorees: Lauren Sundstrom, 18, Newburyport High School, Newburyport Emily Fabre, 12, Essex County 4-H, Waltham   Distinguished Finalists: Jason Carrier, 17, Austin Preparatory School, Reading Erica Chalmers, 17, The Rivers School, Weston Jake Cohen, 19, Brookline High School, Brookline Rachel Collins, 17, Tyngsborough High School, Lowell Riona Reeves, 16, St. Mark's School, Southborough Sejal Vallabh, 17, Newton North High School, Newton   MichiganState Honorees: Keegan Scholte, 18, Gobles Public Schools, Gobles Catherine Sesi, 12, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills   Distinguished Finalists: Bailey Baringer, 17, Notre Dame Preparatory School, Pontiac Noah Bizer, 17, South Lyon East High School, South Lyon Ali Elreichouni, 17, Fordson High School, Dearborn Marwa Harp, 17, Fordson High School, Dearborn Autumn Holliday, 15, Morley Stanwood High School, Big Rapids Marlena Megerian, 18, Livonia Public Schools, Livonia Kilian Southworth, 12, DeWitt Junior High School, DeWitt Taylor Weckstein, 14, Central High School, Traverse City   MinnesotaState Honorees: Hawi Awash, 17, Highland Park Senior High School, St. Paul Louie McGee, 12, Highland Catholic School, St. Paul   Distinguished Finalists: Brock Bleichner, 18, Battle Lake High School, Battle Lake Xiuqi Cao, 18, Century High School, Rochester Jacob Jensen, 15, Albert Lea High School, Albert Lea Corey Loken, 16, Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope Christopher Nguyen, 18, Spring Lake Park High School, Spring Lake Park Kristina Swenson, 15, St. Michael-Albertville Senior High School, St. Michael   MississippiState Honorees: Emilee Parker, 14, Stringer Attendance Center, Stringer Joshua Prochaska, 13, Tate County 4-H, Senatobia   Distinguished Finalists: Mary Broadhead, 17, Simpson Academy, Mendenhall Taide Ding, 18, Oxford High School, Oxford Katie Pinkard, 17, Mississippi School of the Arts, Brookhaven Alivia Roberts, 16, Lee County 4-H, Tupelo   MissouriState Honorees: Sarah Sutherlin, 18, Villa Duchesne & Oak Hill School, St. Louis Sophia Greenwalt, 14, Reeds Spring Middle School, Reeds Spring   Distinguished Finalists: Sophie Bernstein, 13, volunTEENnation.org, St. Bonaventure, NY Slava Butkovich, 18, Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs Sarah Casteel, 16, Clayton High School, Clayton August Clark, 17, Marquette High School, Chesterfield Nancy Fairbank, 16, Central High School, Springfield Ryan Schweitzer, 17, Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro   MontanaState Honorees: Patricia Danielle Gornick, 18, Sentinel High School, Missoula Isaiah Hesford, 13, Boulder Elementary School, Boulder   Distinguished Finalists: Maria Abbot, 18, Loyola Sacred Heart High School, Missoula Sara Bonk, 17, Skyview High School, Billings   NebraskaState Honorees: Alexandra Baxter, 17, United Way of the Midlands, Omaha My'Kah Knowlin, 11, Lux Middle School, Lincoln   Distinguished Finalists: Justine Bauer, 15, Elm Creek Schools, Elm Creek Madeline Lorenzen, 18, Millard Public Schools, Omaha   NevadaState Honorees: Konner Robison, 17, Sage Ridge School, Reno Anthony Schrecengost, 14, Sig Rogich Middle School, Las Vegas   Distinguished Finalists: Anvi Bhakta, 17, Elko High School, Elko Haley Little, 17, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, Las Vegas Karthik Rohatgi, 15, Davidson Academy of Nevada, Reno Ashley Taylor, 16, Sage Ridge School, Reno   New HampshireState Honorees: Mariah Larocque, 17, Pinkerton Academy, Derry Anne Macleod, 14, Windham Middle School, Windham   Distinguished Finalists: Maya Bloom, 18, Hopkinton High School, Contoocook John Heald, 18, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter   New JerseyState Honorees: Zachary Certner, 16, Morristown High School, Morristown Ellen “Nelle” Evans, 13, Lawrence Middle School, Lawrenceville   Distinguished Finalists: Paige Alenick, 17, Pascack Hills High School, Montvale Salvatore Dragone, 18, Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill Matthew Horbacz, 18, Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft Joseph Mandes, 18, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Galloway Michael Mandes, 18, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Galloway Christopher Rim, 17, The Academies @ Englewood, Englewood   New MexicoState Honorees: Brianna Swinderman, 16, Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho Joseph Lee Estrada, 14, Peñasco Middle/High School, Peñasco   Distinguished Finalists: James Maynard, 18, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque Kelly Oostman, 17, American Red Cross in New Mexico, Albuquerque   New YorkState Honorees: Samuel Lam, 17, Jericho Senior High School, Jericho Cory Nichols, 12, Oceanside Middle School, Oceanside   Distinguished Finalists: Shane Carman, 17, Geneseo Central School, Geneseo Kevin Chaves, 16, Kings Park High School, Kings Park Jennah Ferrari, 11, Woodland Elementary School, East Syracuse Marcella Ferraro, 17, Hunter-Tannersville Middle/High School, Tannersville Stefanie Kaufman, 17, W. Tresper Clarke High School, Westbury Adam Moss, 17, South Side High School, Rockville Centre Steven Trezza, 17, West Hempstead High School, West Hempstead Alec Urbach, 17, Long Island High School for the Arts, Syosset   North CarolinaState Honorees: Emma Astrike-Davis, 16, Cary Academy, Cary Madison Bechtel, 14, Wake Forest-Rolesville Middle School, Wake Forest   Distinguished Finalists: Michael Brienza, 17, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Avery Faucette, 16, Charlotte Catholic High School, Charlotte Katherine Hicks, 18, American Red Cross, Raleigh Courtney Pisano, 16, William G. Enloe Magnet High School, Raleigh Kaylan Sinclair, 16, Hobbton High School, Newton Grove Casey Sokolovic, 15, D.H. Conley High School, Greenville   North DakotaState Honorees: Nicolette Cariveau, 17, Grand Forks Central High School, Grand Forks Lyndsey Scheurer, 14, Horizon Middle School, Bismarck   Distinguished Finalists: Ariana Herman, 16, Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons, Sioux Falls, SD Levi Schlosser, 17, Mandan High School, Mandan   OhioState Honorees: Scott Hannah, 18, Southeastern High School, South Charleston Jacob Glorioso, 13, Genoa Middle School, Westerville   Distinguished Finalists: Andrew Appleby, 17, Cuyahoga Falls High School, Cuyahoga Falls Madelyn Cook, 18, Rocky River High School, Rocky River Olivia Ireland, 18, Oakwood High School, Oakwood Erika Ladrigan, 17, Anderson High School, Cincinnati Tyler Moon, 16, St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus Kristen Sellan, 18, St. Francis DeSales High School, Columbus Nashawn Stevens, 17, Walnut Ridge High School, Columbus Ben Tiemann, 17, Hudson High School, Hudson   OklahomaState Honorees: Perrin Duncan, 17, Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Mason Harvey, 13, Guthrie Junior High School, Guthrie   Distinguished Finalists: Ellise Crawford, 18, Grove High School, Grove Garrett Dollins, 17, Payne County 4-H, Stillwater Elisabeth Willis, 17, Pittsburg County 4-H, McAlester Kaylee Young, 16, Cleveland County 4-H, Norman   OregonState Honorees: Caroline Brown, 18, Glide High School, Glide Cody Grater, 13, Meadow Park Middle School, Portland   Distinguished Finalists: Kiran Bernard, 17, Centennial High School, Gresham Erin Kirby, 15, Oregon City Senior High School, Oregon City Katelyn Phelps, 17, Ontario High School, Ontario Abbey Roberts, 17, Santiam Christian Schools, Corvallis   PennsylvaniaState Honorees: Adam Breneman, 17, Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill Devon Rodriguez-Cayro, 14, Mechanicsburg Middle School, Mechanicsburg   Distinguished Finalists: Julie Baldassano, 17, Upper Dublin High School, Ft. Washington Abriana Bernstein, 17, Harriton High School, Rosemont Catherine Clements, 18, Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, Edinboro Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, 16, Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Midland Meghan Harrison, 19, Buxmont Christian Educational Institute, Telford Julia Kramer-Golinkoff, 17, Lower Merion High School, Ardmore Emily Morgan, 17, North Pocono High School, Covington Twp. Katye Trexler, 18, Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg   Rhode IslandState Honorees: Marina Palumbo, 17, East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich Cody Clarkin, 14, Chariho Middle School, Wood River Junction   Distinguished Finalists: Nimindu Ambalangodage, 17, La Salle Academy, Providence Omar Zaki, 16, South Kingstown High School, South Kingstown   South CarolinaState Honorees: Olivia Baddley, 18, YMCA Camp Greenville, Greenville Emma McDaniel, 14, York County 4-H, York   Distinguished Finalists: Rachel Bryson, 17, YMCA of Greenville-Eastside, Taylors Olivia Grace Cox, 13, Aynor Middle School, Galivants Ferry Kelsey Foster, 17, Lexington High School, Lexington Marvin Goodly, 17, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg   South DakotaState Honorees: Daniel Schmidtman, 17, Washington High School, Sioux Falls Bridger Gordon, 12, Sturgis Williams Middle School, Sturgis   Distinguished Finalists: Hannah Higdon, 15, Dupree High School, Dupree Sierra Lutz, 18, Eureka High School, Eureka   TennesseeState Honorees: Hannah Bryant, 17, Zion Christian Academy, Columbia M'Lea Scott, 14, Craigmont Middle School, Memphis   Distinguished Finalists: Jurnee Carr, 18, University School, Johnson City Tayllor Cochrane, 17, Siegel High School, Murfreesboro Jessica Mitchum, 16, Concord Christian School, Knoxville Elizabeth Morris, 13, Jackson Christian School, Jackson Hunter Morrow-Elder, 16, Coffee County Central High School, Manchester Alexandra Sexton, 17, Farragut High School, Knoxville   TexasState Honorees: Matthew Draeger, 15, Paris High School, Paris Eric Curl, 14, Shadow Ridge Middle School, Flower Mound   Distinguished Finalists: Madison Albrecht, 16, Boerne-Samuel V. Champion High School, Boerne Chandler Burke, 18, St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas Kelly Burnett, 17, Texas High School, Texarkana Athena Chen, 16, Hebron High School, Carrollton Kaitlyn Dehaven, 18, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, San Antonio Kylie Fichter, 17, St. Agnes Academy, Houston Jordan Hayley, 15, Cypress Community Christian School, Houston Joella Methola, 12, St. Pius X School, El Paso Lisa Michaels, 17, Plano West Senior High School, Plano Keren Moyal, 18, Mesorah High School, Dallas   UtahState Honorees: Steven Olsen, 18, Sanpete County 4-H, Ephraim Dallin Bunnell, 14, Utah County 4-H, Provo   Distinguished Finalists: Aubree Matheson, 17, Clearfield High School, Clearfield Kylee Okerlund, 17, Lone Peak High School, Highland William Orton, 17, West High School, Salt Lake City Whitney Snow, 17, Pine View High School, St. George   VermontState Honorees: Neel Desai, 18, South Burlington High School, South Burlington Michaela Forgione, 12, Mater Christi School, Burlington   Distinguished Finalists: Thomas Watson, 15, Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg Samantha Wulfson, 17, Greater Burlington YMCA, Burlington   VirginiaState Honorees: Taylor Klein, 17, Broad Run High School, Ashburn Katherine Goodman, 12, Hanover County 4-H, Ashland   Distinguished Finalists: Jason Cui, 17, Langley High School, McLean Orion Dunbar, 17, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, Chesapeake Kartik Gupta, 17, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria Ronald McCormack, 17, Gonzaga College High School, Washington, DC Kaleela Thompson, 13, Hunter B. Andrews PK-8 School, Hampton Jessica Vance, 17, Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg   WashingtonState Honorees: Adam Griffis, 17, American Red Cross–Southwest Washington Region, Vancouver Jessica Chin, 12, Seattle Country Day School, Seattle   Distinguished Finalists: Jessica Alvarez, 18, Squalicum High School, Bellingham Amanda Beebe, 17, Hoquiam High School, Hoquiam Melissa Blue, 17, Liberty Senior High School, Renton Caleb Dawson, 18, Federal Way Senior High School, Federal Way Anastasia Pallis, 17, Aviation High School, Des Moines Svetlana Sergojan, 17, Capital High School, Olympia   West VirginiaState Honorees: Jay Haapala, 15, Capital High School, Charleston Julian Harrington, 12, Doddridge County Middle School, West Union   Distinguished Finalists: Briana Smith, 18, Mingo Central High School, Delbarton Tiffani Webb, 17, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond, Charleston   WisconsinState Honorees: Peyton Medick, 14, Idea Charter School/D.C. Everest Junior High School, Weston Colleen DeLisle, 13, Kettle Moraine School District, Dousman   Distinguished Finalists: Paige Bani, 18, West De Pere High School, De Pere Anna Boschert, 17, Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam Quentin Cauffman, 18, Walworth County 4-H, Elkhorn Trevor Foster, 16, Westosha Central High School, Salem Julie Schweiss, 18, Menomonee Falls High School, Menomonee Falls Trevor Stokes, 17, River Falls High School, River Falls   WyomingState Honorees: Darlee Hyatt, 18, Wind River High School, Pavillion Rachel Ehlers, 13, Newcastle Middle School, Newcastle   Distinguished Finalists: Blake Marquardt, 17, East High School, Cheyenne Jessica Power, 18, Cody High School, Cody For more information on Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit http://spirit.prudential.com. Prudential FinancialHarold Banks, (973) 802-8974 or (973) 216-4833harold.banks@prudential.com