BHS Senior Honored for Service

BHS Senior Honored for Service
Posted on 03/12/2019
Hannah SmoliczHannah Smolicz, a senior at Berlin High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.


Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Awards applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.


Berlin High School nominated Hannah for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. During her junior year of high school, Hannah founded the Berlin High School Internship Program to ensure that students are able to discover their passions early on. As the president, she organized the program board, interview processes, business connections, and a presence on the Berlin High School website. Interns receive a half credit with the completion of 72 hours, weekly journals, and a concluding essay. According to Hannah, “I am proud that this program will continue to grow in the following years, with an exceptional group of leaders prepared to lead it to success.”


“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.”


“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”


Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide last September through middle level 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 officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact, and personal growth.