The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is searching for North Carolinas top youth volunteers. Through Nov. 6, N.C. students in grades 5-12 who have volunteered in the past 12 months are invited to apply for 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards by visiting http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.
North Carolinas top youth volunteers of 2012 were Kristen Powers, 18, of Chapel Hill and Nathaniel Stafford, 14, who until recently resided in Smithfield. As state honorees, Kristen and Nathaniel received $1,000 awards, engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C.
The awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, are granted annually to recognize middle and high school students for helping the less fortunate, promoting health and safety, protecting the environment or volunteering in other ways.