Kingsford High School named Teagan Petschar, the daughter of Darren and Sherri Petschar of Kingsford, its top youth volunteer of the year. The honor was granted as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide youth volunteer recognition program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
By selecting Teagan as its top youth volunteer, Kingsford High School has advanced her application for state-level judging in the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Prudential will announce Michigan’s top youth volunteers of the year on February 9, 2021. Teagan’s volunteerism has a very broad scope to include her school, her church, youth athletic programs, and several community activities, which has allowed her to accumulate over 300 hours of service. Her efforts have helped to make a positive impact on a large number of people and organizations across our community.
"Teagan is polite, courteous, and well respected by other students and staff members. She participates in many school-based clubs, organizations, and athletic teams. This commitment coupled with her exceptional volunteer efforts, makes her an excellent choice to represent Kingsford High School and our local community as the Prudential Spirit of Community Award Nominee." stated Principal Mr. David Holmes.
Kingsford High School also recognizes Chloe Smith for her exemplary volunteer service with Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Merit. Chloe has volunteered many hours of volunteer service through her church, Key Club, and other school activities.
As a Local Honoree, Teagan is now in the running to be named one of two Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees for Michigan. State Honorees receive a $1,000 scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events. Other state-level honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence. During the national recognition events, America’s top 10 youth volunteers of the year will be named by a distinguished selection committee. Each of these National Honorees will receive an additional $5,000 scholarship, a trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 Prudential Foundation grant for a charitable nonprofit organization of their choice.
"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us," said Prudential Chairman and CEO Charles F. Lowrey. "We salute their dedication, their achievements, and their spirit of community."