Local Teenagers Win Award for their Volunteer Work

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) Sage Valley Junior High nominated one of their students, 14 year old Selah Jordan, for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Tuesday afternoon it was announced that the nationwide program honoring students for outstanding acts of volunteerism had chosen Jordan, along with one other teen, as Wyoming's Top Youth Volunteer in 2016. Eighth grad Selah was selected because of the church services she and her family conduct at nursing homes. She often spends time with residents afterward to keep them company. The teenager noticed, when visiting her own grandmother at the nursing home, how much other residents brightened up and made her feel welcome. “Their faces would literally light up,” she said. “It really hurt my heart to see how lonely they are and eager to have visitors.” So when Selah’s family volunteered to hold worship services at the facility, she definitely wanted to help. “At first, I was very shy and scared,” she said. She quickly warmed up to her role of spreading the gospel, choosing hymns to sing and lending her voice to musical numbers. When the service is over, Selah visits with the attendees. “I enjoy hearing their stories,” she said. “They are so sweet. Whenever I go, I feel like I’m part of their family. I love to brighten someone’s day with a helping hand and a smile.” Also selected was Grace Anderson, 15, of Devils Tower. She was nominated by Crook County 4-H in Sundance, for her work filling hundreds of shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and crafts for children in need. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the largest youth recognition program in America, and is based solely on volunteer service. As Wyoming's winners, Grace and Selah each receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C. There, they'll join other honorees from each state for four days of national recognition events. They may also be named as one of the nation's top youth volunteers of 2016. National Honorees will receive additional $5,000 awards, gold medallions, crystal trophies and $5,000 grants for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. They will also get to tour the capital’s landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill. Since the program began in 1995, more than 115,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. #county17 #news *Feature image: Sage Valley student Selah Jordan provided by CCSD #1, and the gold medal spirit award, provided by Prudential Financial.* -- *Brenda Kirk* Community Maven for | 614.940.7121 Twitter | Instagram | Facebook PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook