Student Silent Servant Award Recipients

Abdiraqib Hersi
Beaverton High School, Beaverton, OR

Abdiraqib Hersi, or Abdi as he is known, is a true Silent Servant. He has volunteered throughout his entire high school years building houses for Habitat for Humanity. Abdi’s story, and that of his family, is an excellent example of how Habitat for Humanity changes lives.

Abdi’s family lives in a Habitat for Humanity house. And this is how he and his younger siblings first began to volunteer many hours of their own time over the years building homes for others. He is also involved in Basketball and plays for a club team. He hopes to attend a Jr. College or Community College where he can continue to play.

Mallory Wilson
Beaverton High School, Beaverton, OR

Mallory wilsonMallory has a true heart of service. She serves others in many formal and informal ways, but most notably through her role in Leadership Club and also in Club Hope. In Leadership, she formally helps kids make their own connections to Beaverton High School. She really believes in helping all students "find their place". She makes YouTube announcements every Tuesday & Thursday to help Beaverton students know what is going on and how to get involved. This has been especially valuable during COVID times.

In addition, Mallory is involved in Club Hope - a group that brings necessary resources to Beaverton’s homeless and neediest student population. She takes a leadership role in all that she does, but never does so for the sake of attention or to "toot her own horn". She is a true Silent Servant. Her empathy skills come naturally and she will continue to serve others after graduating from and beyond.

Angelica Murro
Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

Angelica MurroAngelica Murro is Farrington High School Senior Class president. As class president in these challenging times, she had had to face so many obstacles in providing a meaningful, yet safe school year for all the students in her class. One of the main challenges she had to face is being an effective leader and getting cooperation from her team members during the unprecedented times of the pandemic in Hawaii. She faced leadership challenges no class President ever had to face.

Overcoming a lot of self-doubt while supervising the many various class activities and making sure everything met the new COVID standards is definitely something she is proud of. Angelica is a selfless individual who always puts others needs before her own and never complains about anything. She is a member of Youth Leaders in Training (Y-LIT) and helped develop digital Thank You notes to local businesses and establishments, showing appreciation for serving the community during the pandemic.

Ayanna-Rose Gray
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Jacksonville, FL

Ayanna-Rose Gray

Douglas Anderson is a school where arts and academics meet in excellence. Ayanna has been an integral member of the school campus academically and artistically. She is compassionate, ambitious, and charismatic. She is the ideal artist and student who continuously goes above and beyond expectations.

Within her Piano arts area, Ayanna has taken on multiple leadership roles and won countless awards. Ayanna was the sophomore President of her arts area to help lead and create opportunities. She was inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society and has supported multiple music arts areas through this organization. Ayanna was chosen as a Piano and Band director for the student curated performance called Black Art. Every aspect of Black Art is created by students.

Ayanna is also dedicated to her community. She loves volunteering at the Jacksonville Humane Society. Ayanna has shared her artistic skills by volunteering with Beaches Fine Arts. Ayanna has been an active member of her youth group at Church and has completed many community service activities. She was chosen as the social media director for her youth group.

Ayanna has been active in her Girl Scout group, winning multiple awards for supporting the community. She was chosen as a Youth Leadership Jax participant to help discuss concerns within our city’s community and advocate from a youth’s perspective. Ayanna is also a leader for United Diversity through Metrotown Institute of One Jax, where she uses her voice to support diversity. Ayanna has done so much work for the community and managed to work a part-time job at Topgolf and Home Depot.

Amelia Wondracek
Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Jacksonville, FL

Amelia is a leader in Girl Scouts. She has been in scouting since kindergarten and has completed both the Bronze (40 service hours) and Silver (sixty service hours) Service Awards. She is currently working on her Gold (100 service hours) Award! Amelia is a program aid for many of the Girl Scout activities, such as their astronomy club. In their astronomy club Amelia helps teach girls about space in more depth then what a regular science class does, and conducts various activities, like using telescopes to look at the stars and making models that help the girls to understand infrared light.

Amelia is also a Smile Camp director, and has been for three years (she was previously a councilor of this camp for two years). Smile Camp is affiliated with Girl Scouts and is a camp for disabled children. As a director Amelia works all year long with ten other girls and two adults planning the camp program and activities, and then putting it on during the summer for the kids and camp councilors. Additionally, Amelia has been one of Paxon's Golden Eagle Ambassadors since her junior year representing the school at various recruitment events and conducting tours for prospective students and parents.

Alexa Castro
Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Jacksonville, FL

Alexa Castro is currently a senior. She has volunteered at a special needs daycare and earned over 270 hours of community service. While serving children in this environment she learned the importance of patience when working with not only the children but their parents.

Alexa provided care and learning opportunities for students who were disabled due to Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Down Syndrome, etc. She used strategies she has used in school to help the students succeed and enjoy school. She also learned attention to detail is critical in every aspect of life but especially when tending to children.

Alexa has done all of this quietly and with the heart of a true servant, without ever expecting or seeking recognition for her service.

Madeline McMillen
Prairie High School, Vancouver, WA

Madeline McMillenMadeline McMillen is a Sophomore at Prairie HS. She is organized her fifth Christmas toy drive this year for underprivileged children in her Vancouver, WA community. Last year Madeline donated over 500 toys, and the year prior, over 700 toys. She loves helping out her community, and this is just one way that she can help out. She collects toys from various businesses as well as raises money by baking pies and accepting cash donations. She uses that money to purchase new toys for children in Clark County. Madeline teams up with a local non-profit for an event that they host each year. This year the event will not be in-person but will likely be a drive-through event. Businesses aren’t able to donate like before, yet more families are out of work, so the need is even greater. She is still determined and hopeful of reaching her goal of 500 toys.

Madison Ruby
Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, NY

Madison Ruby AwardMadison is a quiet student. But she is a strong presence in her school. She regularly volunteers in school and community service projects. She works very hard in her school programs, but shares her time with others. Madison Ruby is an excellent example of a quiet student who goes about her day to make the world a better place. She is very caring and always seeking to help others. She is also a standout in her CTE Culinary Program. Madison leads by example in the classroom.  She is an active student and positively contributes to academic discussions. She always makes sure that her classmates have the materials they need and work cooperatively in group projects. She is a leader on the Varsity Bowling team with the #1 spot on the roster.  She is going to continue this in college for Schenectady County Community College.  She also took the initiative to join a bowling league in the community. Madison takes special notice when her peers are struggling and looks to help them find strategies to improve, whether it in the classroom or on her bowling team.  Madison is the last one to stay at school events to help clean up.  She is known in her school for supporting students who are developmentally challenged and she takes extra time to spend with them.

Hayden Baker
Roscoe Collegiate High School, Roscoe, TX

Hayden BakerRoscoe Collegiate ISD was proud to announce that Hayden Baker won the Peter R. Marsh Foundation's Silent Service Award. Hayden is a Roscoe Collegiate High School Junior in the digital pathway. It is in his nature to help out when something needs to be done, such as organizing and leading other Boy Scouts in highway cleanup days. Hayden has become a mentor for the younger scouts. He can often be found helping them learn a new skill or teaching them a new concept. His scout leaders say that he will come early and stay late to help. No one has asked him to sacrifice his time and energy to help younger scouts. In addition to this, Hayden volunteers to help his local church and the primary school that his church sponsors. He often helps teach the younger students in Sunday school, and he will help after hours with projects for the Cornerstone Christian school.

Hayden does not seek recognition for his service, but everyone who knows Hayden knows that he has a servant heart that culminates in silent service to others. We are proud that he is a part of our school community. He will earn an associate degree upon graduation from high school in May of 2022. He is considering attending Lipscomb University in Nashville, and he wants to major in Digital Graphic Design or Animation. He loves all things Star Wars. Hayden is being recognized for his selfless service in the Boys Scouts of America, Fourth and Elm Church of Christ, and Cornerstone Christian School.

Hannah Ward
Roscoe Collegiate High School, Roscoe, TX

Hannah WardHannah is a senior student at Roscoe Collegiate HS in Roscoe, TX. She has been accepted to Lubbock Christian University and plans to study English. She is passionate about books and dreams of becoming a librarian someday. Hannah is an FFA officer, member of the Spanish club, and student government. She is involved in One Act Play as well as other academic events. She also serves as a reporter for the school's own news broadcasts. Most of all, Hannah cares about the "invisible" students. She always tries to engage and include people when others may not. She tutors her peers free of charge on her own time. In addition, she voluntarily makes baked goods for the school faculty and cooks food for those who are sick or who have had a family tragedy. Hannah also volunteers much of her time at her church through mission trips and other acts of service and seeks no recognition. She is an amazing young person who is an inspiration to faculty, staff, and students at Roscoe Collegiate High School as well as to people in the community.

 

Steve Berdy
Florida Virtual School

steve berdySteve Berdy is a senior at Florida Virtual School, FLVS, and they say he is one of their most exceptional students. He excels in his studies while at the same time continues to support and help his peers. He volunteers as a math tutor, holds leadership positions in the clubs to which he belongs, and works tirelessly in organizational activities. Steve has also been involved in many community activities outside of tutoring and has been receiving volunteer hours since starting high school. He has a passion for Math, technology, and coding. Last year Steve thought up and organized a coding activity called Game Jam which has become widely popular with students. This event brought students of all levels (basic, intermediate, advanced skills) of coding to work in teams and create a game in a specific time period when the theme is announced that day. Steve's character strengths are impressive as are his academic accomplishments. He is active, outgoing in class and clubs who works well with everyone. He has great leadership skills that is perfect in collaborations that serves greatly in his community.

Sean Rodgers
Round Lake High School, Round Lake, IL

Sean RodgersSean Rodgers is a Senior at Round Lake HS in Round Lake, IL. Over the last 4 years he has shown his determination and curiosity in all he does. He has been extremely successful at Round Lake High School where he earned a 4.23 weighed GPA and has been recognized as an Illinois State Scholar. He has been incredibly involved at our school, joining National Honors Society and Panther Crew. He participated in our athletic programs for Tennis, Lacrosse and Sports Medicine program, as well as played Hockey for the Northern Illinois Hockey League league all 4 years of high school, all while balancing his honors and AP coursework. I think it is important to note these involvements due to their time commitment, for even with all of this on his plate he still made time for community service work in the community.

Every year of high school Sean has been found contributing to his community through a multitude of events. He has worked multiple Feed My Starving Children events packing food for the less fortunate each year, helped create bag books and donated books and the bags he made to Bernie's Book Bank, and participated in Cradles to Crayons where he helped put together backpacks of school supplies and clothes for underprivileged children. Sean has helped set up a homeless shelter in Highland Park, where he was a part of collecting canned goods and helping make and deliver food for PADS. He also volunteered his time to delivered prepackaged Thanksgiving dinners to underprivileged families and was found spreading cheer at Pumpkin Fest. It takes a big heart to want to engage in community service work, and to want to mentor children is even more impressive. Sean can be found as a camp counselor for Tamarak Day Camp every summer and on the weekends he helps to coach young goalies at his ice rink. Service is part of his spirit and his connection to his community is why he deserves the Silent Servant Award. Sean Rodgers has committed to attending the University of Nebraska- Lincoln for Psychology.

Natalie Flechas
Vanguard High School, Ocala, FL

Natalie FlechasNatalie is a Senior at Vanguard HS in Ocala, FL, where she is Co-President of the Senior class and National Honor Society. She makes everyone who walks into the school feel welcomed. She leads with compassion and is liked and respected by all, because she also leads by example. She is a counselor at the Royal Family Kids Camp which is a camp for abused and neglected foster children. Natalie was nervous to be a counselor because she knew she could have a big impact these children’s lives. What she didn’t expect was that these kids would impact her life in the significant way that it did. She says she learned so much about how just one person’s actions and one person’s love could change the way these kids not only thought about themselves but what their life is worth. For some of these kids, camp was the only place where love and affection were shown to them.

In a year when nothing is ‘normal’ Natalie really stepped up. From her club adopting 30+ foster kids (and getting enough donations to get almost everything on their wish lists), to sending snacks to all of the essential workers (all three hospitals, City and County Fire Department, the Health Department, and all seven City Fire Departments), to making homemade Valentines for every resident at three different nursing homes, to keeping Vanguard’s Positivity Wall filled with Positivity Posters, to collecting warm socks for nursing homes. Natalie was instrumental in every one of these projects as well as keeping track of volunteer hours, paperwork, agendas, and so much more behind the scenes duties.

Finally, Natalie organized and led Warm Ocala’s Soles. The purpose of this project was to collect socks for the homeless in Ocala. She realized something that is very overlooked in donations for the homeless is socks. She was able to organize and set up collection boxes at various local businesses throughout Ocala and even advertised through local radio stations. Through much hard work She was able to collect over 2,000 socks to donate.Natalie Flechas is a true “Silent Servant” helping to make this world a much better place to live.

Benjamin Kagan
Francis W. Parker School, Chicago, IL

After an effort over several weeks to help book coronavirus vaccination appointments for his Grandparents, Benjamin Kagan, a 9th grader at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago founded ChicagoVaccineHunters.com. The website now has a waitlist of 250 people asking for his help. “The vaccination system is just so complicated," Kagan said. "If you don’t understand the technology, you are just going to lose out and not be vaccinated. And that’s difficult. People were sending me private messages saying 'Benjamin, I can’t figure this out -- can you book it for me?'”

Kagan realized many elderly people, his grandparents included, were not familiar with the "refresh" button on an internet web page, which allows the browser to reload online content for new updates. "Plus, every country, state, even pharmacy has its own online maze," Kagan says. Kagan first joined the "Chicago Vaccine Hunters Facebook group, but was inspired to create his own group called "Chicago Vaccine Angels," where he and a team of 50 volunteers respond to a Google form to assist a growing list of senior citizens who are asking for help.

Thousands of people have joined the group on Facebook where members share information with one another about where they might be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Chicago using leftover doses that presumably would have to be otherwise discarded.

Melisa Pedroza Moctezuma
Round Lake High School, Round Lake, IL

Melisa PedrozaMelisa is a Senior at Round Lake HS in Round Lake, IL. She has earned a 4.22 weighted GPA and she never stops to pushing herself to be the best that she can! Melisa is someone who will always make school and her community her top priority and works to get involved as much as she can. She has volunteered her time at a multitude of organizations, like at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, where she checked donated books and created book bags for the less fortunate students and schools in the area. She also took time out of her nights and weekends to go to Feed my Starving Children to pack meals for hungry children in foreign countries.

Melisa volunteered her time for the Red Cross blood drive to ensure that the organization has the support it needed to be successful in our community, assisted at our school first speech team tournament where she directed individuals and assisted to make sure the event ran smoothly, as well as assisted the counselors to facilitate a smooth Freshman orientation and 8th grade preview day. She was an integral member of the Holiday Gift Wrapping program to help make sure that the donated gifts for less fortunate children were wrapped with love for the holidays. All those volunteer activities were impressive but nurturing young children was incredible to me. Melisa volunteered her time during the week to help support the middle school Volleyball team at their games, using her skills as our Volleyball team captain to support their growth both mentally and physically. As a captain, she learned so many skills like how to be coachable and how to teach others to be coachable enabling support and confidence in her both teammates and the middle school students.

Lyonna Nichols
Vanguard High School, Ocala, FL

Lyonna NicholsLyonna Nichols is an exceptional student who leads by example. Lyonna made an outstanding contribution as a Mentor and student leader during the Ocala Police Department's 2019 summer camp entitled, Police and Children Connecting (P.A.C.C). Her duties included: supervising children of various ages, leading and working alongside other teenagers, adults and Police officers. As a mentor, Iyonna was assigned to a classroom with 30 plus children. Her responsibilities included helping to make sure that each child was accounted for at all times and well fed each day. Throughout the entire camp experience she mentored the younger students and assisted with classroom management. Iyonna earned well over 200 plus community service hours during the summer program and the Ocala Police Department looked forward to her returning in 2020, during her Senior Year. Unfortunately, like so many school activities and programs, 2020’s Police and Children Connecting camp program was canceled due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Ocala Police officers remarked how wonderful it was to see how the younger students looked up to and admired Lyonna.

Nicole Dolor
Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

Nicole DolorNicole is an outstanding Special Education student who overcame Dyslexia, a serious reading disability, and will be the first Special Education student at Farrington to graduate with High Academic Honors. She is the very model of a silent servant. Every day, Nicole quietly goes about sharing what she has learned through her own personal struggles with other Special Education students and doing so with extraordinary patience. She volunteers daily, during classes and after school, peer-teaching and mentoring other Special Education students, helping to find what strategies work best for them, such as color-coding, showing examples, making the work into a video game-like competition. In her Kalihi community, Nicole volunteers for the Youth Grace/Malama Mentors, where she serves as a role model for elementary students, gives extra support and attention, reads books to students, plans learning activities, and leads learning games. She also finds the time to tutor Dole Middle School students in all subjects. On top of all this, she is active in many leadership roles in the Farrington student body, including helping to organize the Senior Prom. She plans to become a Special Education teacher. Nicole is an inspiration to all who know her.

Alejandrea Lozada
Middletown High School, Middletown, CT

Alejandrea Lozada AwardAlejandrea Lozada goes above and beyond at Middletown HS as well as in the community. Throughout her high school career, she volunteered as a peer advisory leader assisting underclassmen to navigate all aspects of high school life. In addition, she volunteers in the community at the Department of Children and Families, Brighter Days Community Outreach, and Middlesex Hospital as a patient care volunteer. Alejandrea Lozada began her high school career at Mercy High School during which time she played on the Girl's Basketball team and served as a Mercy Ambassador. Upon arriving at Middletown High School, she quickly became involved in MHS clubs and activities. She assisted the Class of 2024 students by becoming an MHS Pride advisory leader as well as being a member of the Youth Service Bureau's Girls Circle. In addition, she volunteers in the community at the Department of Children and Families, Brighter Days Community Outreach, and Middlesex Hospital as a patient care volunteer. Alli's teachers describe her as self-motivated as well as an intelligent young woman with a great sense of curiosity. Upon graduation, Alejandrea plans to pursue a degree in nursing.

Kayla Dearman
Southern Wayne High School, Dudley, NC

Kayla DearmanKayla DearmanKayla Dearman is an Air Force JROTC Cadet at Southern Wayne High School. She joined this program for the fellowship and the opportunity to serve her local community. She is involved in numerous service projects throughout the year. Given the many challenges throughout this past year, it has been difficult to serve the community in any organized manner given personal contact restrictions. However, this didn't stop Kayla from providing a needed boost to her local community this past holiday season. She went to her Principal concerned about the need to help struggling families in the surrounding area. She then then laid out her plan to provide food packages and gifts to those in need. She organized a crew of helpers, went out to local businesses, and managed to collect enough food and toys to assemble a dozen food boxes for the holidays, and presents for more than 40 local children. She organized a drive though pickup area and notified the families in need. All the families picked up enough food and presents to ensure they had one of the best holiday celebrations in recent memory. Kayla did all of this without help from the school staff. Throughout her school career year, she has been involved in helping others and improving the lives of the citizens of her community. Just this past year alone, she participated in 3 local parades (Veteran's Day Parade, Christmas Parade, and the Black History Unity Parade). Kayla led 4 school campus cleanup/beautification projects, a Memorial Day flags on graves posting at the Mt. Olive Cemetery and participated in a flag raising over Fort Sumter in South Carolina. In Mt. Olive, she worked a dinner for the elderly held at the American Legion building, where she cooked a meal for more than 20 senior citizens. She also spearheaded 5 fund-raisers that raised enough money to ensure 27 students could go on a field trip without incurring any costs of their own. This is just a look at one year's worth of projects. Kayla has been doing this for 4 years straight and never once brought attention to herself or her accomplishments. She is an exceptional young lady.

Sydney Hatley
Alma High School, Alma, AR

Sydney HatleySydney Hatley has an outstanding work ethic and is very active in her school and community. She volunteers countless hours through Alma HS Student Council, National Honor Society, and marketing program. Sidney is a very soft-spoken, kind person who never seeks attention. Her kind spirit sets an excellent example for other students. She is an inspiration to all around her. Sydney is a varsity starter in basketball and volleyball. She is an officer in the Student Council, National Honor Society, and DECA. In addition, she is on track to be the top graduate of the class of 2021. She has scored a 30 on her ACT and is a young lady of great integrity.

Haden Ashley
Potsdam High School, Potsdam, NY

Haden Ashley AwardHaden makes every person feel valued and respected. He has never spoken ill of any student or teacher, even when being challenged by different personalities. This is quite a feat, as he identifies with Asperger's. Haden is generous to the student population with whom he works and studies. He complements them easily, offers suggestions generously and never brags or boasts. Interactions with Haden are always positive. On rare occasions when he is frustrated, he is easily calmed and grateful to those who lend an ear for counseling or advice. Haden always thanks those who support him graciously. Haden has participated in Model UN for the last three years. Haden is on the yearbook committee this year, as there is not Model UN. Haden volunteers at the ASPCA, working on caring for many of the animals in the shelter. Haden has taken honors courses in the areas of history, and college level history courses. Haden is interested in the areas of history, geography, and world governments and politics. Haden is currently taking a Software Development course through the tech center. Haden has been nominated many times for National Honor Society. Haden will receive an advanced Regents Diploma.

Emma Endres
Rensselaer High School, Rensselaer, NY

Emma Endres awardAs a result of the COVID pandemic the Rensselaer School District faced a serious financial hardship and was forced to eliminate all clubs and sports programs. Emma organized a fundraising effort and raised over $7,000 for the school district. Emma is a dedicated student and has a heart of gold. Emma is interested in majoring in Elementary Education, and for the past two years has been an intern at the elementary school and has been a wonderful addition. She currently ranks second in her Senior Class. In June, Emma will be earning the regents diploma with advanced designation with honors. Emma was selected to attend the first highly distinguished career technical program specifically for students interested in majoring in education offered at the SUNY Albany campus. This program has given Emma an introduction to firsthand knowledge of becoming a school educator. Emma has excelled in this program and will be a wonderful future educator.

Cole Siems
Tri-County High School, De Witt, NE

Tri-County Schools NECole Siems recognized that many of his fellow students were struggling with the uncertainty and isolation of virtual learning caused by the Pandemic. And he had an idea of how to help. He led a team of three other students to create a program for their peers at Tri-County HS to help them with mental health and wellness during remote learning. This program has had a positive effect on the entire community and student population. The program has become a model for other schools across the state of Nebraska and was featured on Nebraska’s, The Good Life Podcast. Cole’s selfless act showed leadership skills while working with his peers to develop this resource to help other students.

Cole Siems is a Senior at Tri-County High School. Cole is a part of a student leadership group aimed to give their perspective on the value of mental health in schools. Cole has a 4.0 GPA and is an outstanding three sport athlete.

Victoria Brown and Emma Farmer
Vero Beach High School, Vero Beach, FL

Emma and VictoriaVictoria Brown and Emma Farmer are excellent students with bright futures ahead of them. They are also completely selfless young women who are genuinely concerned for the well-being of all students. They are committed to helping those students in need at Vero Beach HS. Victoria and Emma have taken it upon themselves to make sure all students feel accepted, included, and have a caring ear. Each day Victoria and Emma go into a Special Education classroom on campus to eat lunch with the six special-needs students there. They sit with this group of special-needs students treating them as friends and equals. They do what all students do. They talk about school activities, discuss things like current events, food, holidays, home life, and much more. Not only do they discuss these topics with them but, they demonstrate their true friendship by building real relationships with each student. They recall previous day’s conversations and build off them in each visit. While this may not seem like a whole lot to some, to the six special-needs students they eat lunch with each day, it means a great deal and represents the very essence of our Silent Service Award.

Isabella Buhat
Middletown High School, Middletown, CT

Isabella Buhat awardIsabella Buhat routinely volunteers in her role as an active member of the Middletown High School Key Club, and at her church. Through her service as a Key Club member, she has been an integral part of many toy drives and food drives to support the local community. Isabella's counselor describes her as self-motivated and dependable. These skills have served her well as she has risen through the ranks to become an assistant manager at a pharmacy while maintaining high honors at school. Isabella's case manager has witnessed her extraordinary ability to work through difficult situations and persevere despite her disability during distance learning.

Lauryn Stallworth
St. Croix Central High School, Christiansted, USVI

Lauryn StallworthLauryn Stallworth goes above and beyond in serving others. She gives of herself selflessly, and always does it with a smile. Lauryn's selfless service includes not only assisting the students in her school, but her community as a whole. Her generosity, kindness, and willingness to assist has had a significant, positive impact on the lives of those she has served. Some of Lauryn's major efforts include: distributing headphones to students to participate in virtual learning, preparing COVID-19 prevention care packages, feeding the elderly and disabled, collecting items to distribute to non-profit organizations including the Puerto Rico Earthquake Drive, mentoring elementary school students, cleaning her island’s beaches and school campus, being a guest speaker and host at school related events, assisting with the setup of various school ceremonies, reading stories to elementary students, preparing seedlings to donate to an Agriculture class, and last but not least, donating and giving out presents to children.

Sahra Jilaow
John Marshall High School, Rochester, MN

Sahra JilaowSahra Jilaow’s leadership style is all about mentorship and support. She played a key role in fundraising this past year through her school’s annual initiative: JM Gives. Sahra is an active member of the Rochester Community Initiative, a 100% student-led initiative that focuses on addressing issues in the community of Rochester and beyond, where she is an active component of the education committee. She has served as a mentor to younger students, both through Rochester Community Initiative and also through Camp Invention, where she worked with second and third graders to guide them through STEM lessons as part of a summer camp. Sahra is also active in the John Marshall Diversity Council, Student Government, Model UN, Honor Society, and Speech and Debate. Sahra is a dedicated young servant leader.

Oliver Brownsey
Niskayuna High School, Niskayuna, NY

Oliver Brownsey AwardOliver is a model student who has taken full advantage of the CTE offerings through the Capital Region BOCES. New York’s BOCES are Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, a program of shared educational services provided to school districts by the New York State Legislature. Oliver’s focus has been in the areas of welding, machinery, and related vocational programs. Oliver is a kind, caring, empathetic, and well-rounded student. He quietly leads by example and his presences makes his overall school environment better. Oliver manages to stay closely connected to Niskayuna HS while also attending a half day CTE program through Capital Region BOCES. Oliver is a great ambassador for Niskayuna high school and is very active in many co-curricular programs.

Cody Williams
Onslow Early College High School, Jacksonville, NC

During Cody's 8th grade year in middle school, one of his close friends lost their life to suicide. Cody was very upset and wanted to help every student and individual he met by making them aware of suicide and steps toward prevention, in honor of his friend Tori. During his freshmen year Cody established an organization known as Tunes for Tori to help promote suicide awareness. He has moved the organization across several media platforms over the years, but has finally settled on Instagram as its final home. He uses the organization and social media platform to promote suicide awareness and prevention. Every year Cody has held a weekly suicide awareness campaign at our school to help all students who may have been impacted or have considered suicide in honor of his late friend Tori. He also created Tunes for Tori clothing that is sold to provide a financial support to help organize and fund the organization's projects. Cody has pushed himself in preparation of pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. Cody will graduate Summa Cum Laude, "With Highest Honor," from OECHS and Coastal Carolina Community College. Cody is active in the school's Science Olympiad team and a member of National Honor Society.

Cyerra Johnson
Southern Wayne High School, Dudley, NC

Cyerra JohnsonCyerraCyerra Johnson has been involved in every service project that has been carried out by her JROTC unit at Southern Wayne HS. She organized and executed the unit's participation with the local Salvation Army to ring bells for donations outside of a local retailer. The money raised by her efforts directly served local families in need. For two consecutive holiday seasons she co-organized food, jacket, and toy drives that provided needed items to local families in need. These families were deeply moved by her efforts and generosity. Cyerra organized the cadet volunteers, and participated herself, in the first ever Tim Tebow Night To Shine event held in Goldsboro, NC. She managed to sign up 21 cadets to provide a receiving line and 6 cadets to provide a saber team for the formal entrance. She also coordinated with the schools cheerleading squad to have them on hand to provide cheering for the event participants. When an annual local event suddenly reached out for help, Cyerra was the first to volunteer. The annual Tuna 200 mile relay run came through Dudley and they needed volunteers to run checkpoints. Cyerra volunteered her own time and managed to gain the support of 2 dozen more students to help out with the race. She is also an avid fundraiser, organizing more than 7 events that raised over $5000 to help defer or eliminate costs to students going on field trips with the school. These are just a few of the many local service projects she has led, organized, or volunteered her time for.

Sean Araka
John Marshall High School, Rochester, MN

As Senior Class President, Sean embodies the idea of servant leadership. When new students transfer into the school, Sean is often the first to greet them and personally gives them a tour of the school, introduces them to new friends, and works to make them feel welcome. As a member of Student Government, Sean has been actively involved in John Marshall’s annual JM Gives community fundraising event. Beyond that, he works to be a voice for the students of his school throughout the Rochester community, representing his classmates on Student School Board and multiple community organizations. Sean is active not only in Student Government, Student School Board, and the Diversity Council, he volunteers in the John Marshall Community Resource room, and has served as a student mentor through PACE.

Audrey Parmenter
San Lorenzo Valley High School, Felton, CA

Audrey ParmenterSenior Audrey Parmenter has spent the last eight years raising money for breast cancer research. She has raised $6,500 in total, through fundraisers at her home (silent auctions, dinners, crafts), which she has donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Audrey is also a team captain and fundraises for Relay for Life through the American Cancer Society. Audrey started this effort very soon after two of her grandmothers were diagnosed with breast cancer within a fairly short time-span. Thankfully, they are both survivors. Audrey does this work out of her passion for supporting this cause. She doesn't do it for any fanfare or attention. However, she DOES deserve fanfare and attention, as her drive and efforts towards this work, starting at age 9, are phenomenal. She exemplifies the very essence of 'service'! Audrey is a true school leader, serving as President of the ASB/Student Council this year. She has been on the school volleyball, basketball. cross country, and track teams. Audrey is an avid camper and has visited many of the national parks in the western United States. She is the daughter of Ross and Katie Parmenter of Felton.

Juan Cortez Zavala
Beaverton High School, Beaverton, OR

Juan trophy Juan ZavalaJuan Cortez Zavala is a student who quietly goes about his leadership and service, without need for fanfare. He is a real unsung hero at BHS, and our nominee for the 2021 Silent Servant Award. Juan is in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a program for low income, first-generation college-bound high school students. He also participates in MeCHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan), a National club and organization that promotes higher education, leadership, Latino history and culture. Within MeCHA, Juan has emerged as the "go to" member to get the other students motivated and enthusiastic about the many events the club oversees, from Day of the Dead activities to the Cinco de Mayo fiesta in May. The MeCHA advisor says that getting males involved has been difficult. But Juan leads the charge to involve all students. He volunteers to help, is willing to lead the meetings without adult guidance, and has great pride in his culture. In addition, Juan is the first to volunteer and help at bi-lingual parent night events. Juan wants to be a teacher one day. At his church, he volunteers every Wednesday to tutor elementary age students who call him "Mr. Juan". He is bright, mature and a natural for the education field. Juan was also a volunteer at the Oregon Zoo. Pre-COVID he had been invited to join the Zoo Teen team as a paid employee.

Yessenia Marin
Borrego Springs High School, Borrego Springs, CA

Yessenia Marin is a senior at Borrego Springs High School. She has actively served her school and community by participating in fundraising, organizing school events, and being a member of student government. Yessenia completed the 60 hours of community service needed to graduate early in her high school career and continued to volunteer in the community. Pre-COVID the Little League was in desperate need of people to help work with children on teams and organizing and working in the snack bar. Yessenia would go after school to help work with teams and in the snack bar. Yessenia is also a member of the Soroptomist Club at our school and worked diligently to raise funds for projects in India and programs that serve our community. Families in our small community have lost jobs and are facing hard times. Several groups have come together to host a food bank for families in need. Yessenia volunteers to work one day a week at the food bank since it opened assisting families to make sure they have food. Yessenia works from the heart and wants the community she lives in to be a better place for all families. This belief in service has led her to want a career in law enforcement to better help people.

Adriana Ortega
Belleview High School, Belleview, FL

Adriana has logged 829.7 community service hours in 3 1/2 years. Her priority is truly helping others. Even with her goal to go into family law, this passion is evident.

The list of her work is extensive but includes counseling young girls at summer camp, putting on an event to fundraise for Children's Miracle Network, volunteer work at the hospital, making toys for sheltered dogs, Salvation Army bell ringing, St Paul's church, and many more at our school and in the community. Adriana truly cares about the well-being of others and is compassionate to all. Not only is she is one of the top students at Belleview High School, time outside of school is spent ringing bells at the holidays, making toys for sheltered dogs, serving pancakes and washing dishes for Key Club, serving spaghetti at Church Dinner, transporting patients at the hospital and so much more.

Gina Uribe
West High School, Tracy, CA

Giana-Uribe Giana-UribeFor four years Gianna Uribe has served her school with unconditional devotion, effort, and passion. She has exemplified a selfless attitude and as president and has worked numerous long hours in giving her classmates and colleagues an enjoyable high school experience. Her dedication to her school, her community and her town is showcased by her countless community service hours. Giana works many, many hours behind the scenes and is not the type that looks for recognition. She is a true joy to be around and leads by example. In her position as Student Body President, her dedication and service to our school has been unmatched. Just this year alone, Gianna was a big contributor to the can food drive, she oversees all aspects of our community service which includes campus clean-up days, clothes drive, as well as numerous other events. Gianna truly exemplifies extraordinary skills by her actions. She is constantly making birthday posters for the staff as well as decorating offices to keep the spirits up. I am very proud of her and her positive attitude through all of this.

Sophia Aquilera
Wilder High School, Wilder, ID

SophiaSofia Aguilera exemplifies the very essence of 'service'! This past Summer, Sofia, worked diligently to have the community come together to create a safe environment for an outdoor Prom. A creative solution that brought excitement and energy under challenging circumstances. Sofia is instrumental to her classmates, serving as a mentor and tutor for all academic studies. She often will set aside her own endeavors to support her classmates with their academic efforts. Her very presence in our school and this small rural Idaho community lends itself to serving others and modeling positive forward thinking. Sofia is a Wilder Wildcat to her core, whether it be on the volleyball or basketball court, in the classroom or representing the students, as the Student Body President, at the school board meetings. Sofia is instrumental to her classmates, serving as a mentor and tutor for all academic studies.

Ethan Morse
Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

Through his award-winning videos, Ethan Morse has built positive relationships with community members, increased public awareness of social issues, and developed an empathetic understanding of others. Ethan produces news, short videos and public service announcements for over 2400 Farrington HS students, staff and community members. He has been featured on the PBS Hawaii HIKI NO show and is one of Hawaii's new wave of storytellers. He was featured on HIKI NO where he shared a glimpse into his life during the pandemic. Ethan also served his local Kalihi community by filming and producing videos for the Farrington Alumni and Community Foundation. He filmed their annual fundraising luncheon and produced their alumni of the year video.

Asharia Harris
Warren Township High School, Gurnee, IL

AshariaAsharia has been actively involved in community service work, through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., for a number of years. Just recently, she participated in a Community Literacy Project with Lake County P.E.A.R.L.S. where she read a book, on video, to K-3rd grade students. This virtual video project was simply one of her ways of reaching out to others in need, in her community. Just a few of Asharia’s other volunteer activities include collecting and packaging toiletries for delivery by AID to HAITI, creating encouragement cards for the AFRICARE’s Power Forward Teens in Nigeria, collecting canned goods for a local Community Action Project, staffing the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and sorting and distributing Christmas gifts to local children for Toys for Tots.

Neel Jain
Westview High School, Beaverton, OR

NeelNeel Jain started a free grocery delivery service during the COVID-19 pandemic. PDX Concierge launched in mid-April after Neel Jain went grocery shopping for his grandmother, whose age and asthma make her vulnerable to the novel coronavirus. “I just realized there are a lot of other people who may not have family and need help,” said Jain. So far, his team of volunteers has made about 150 deliveries in the metro Portland and Vancouver, WA area. Clients fill out a form online with their grocery list and volunteers will go buy the groceries and deliver them. Volunteers maintain social distancing guidelines and wear gloves and face masks while they shop. Clients then reimburse volunteers for the cost of the groceries, which are dropped off in front of their homes. It’s a free service, so tips or donations are used for gas money, maintaining the website and helping pay for groceries for clients who need extra financial assistance. “It’s a great feeling to help out in this hard time,” Jain said. “Kids have a lot of time on their hands with schools being closed. It’s good to be able to put that to use.”
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Nicholas Angelo
Schuylkill Haven High School, Schuylkill Haven, PA

When Nick is not involved in school functions he volunteers his time to community organizations, such as the Schuylkill Haven Little League Association, the Trinity Lutheran Church, Schuylkill Hose Co. #2, Boy Scouts and the Schuylkill Haven Area School District Parent-Teacher Organization. Nick is always willing to lend a helping hand when he notices someone in need. Overall, Nick is a respectful and honest young man that pays particular attention to his academics, and always the first to volunteer his time to the school and community. Nick is an active member in extracurricular activities, such as marching band, concert band, and chorus. He is a member of the Hurricane Hero Club, which promotes positive behavior within the high school.

Riley Stuttz
Deer Park High School – South, Deer Park, Texas

Riley Stuttz is in 10th grade at Deer Park High School-South Campus near Houston, Texas. Riley worked a part-time job this past summer and used the money he earned to purchase 24 backpacks filled with school supplies. These backpacks were given anonymously by school counselors to needy students at Deer Park High School. When Riley was asked why he did this, he stated that he wanted to promote kindness in our society. The school created a short video presentation on being kind to each other that was shown to the student body during our Deer Time.

Sheeva Farahani
John C. Kimball High School, Tracy, CA

Sheeva is one of those exceptional students that has made it part of her life’s mission to serve others in her community.  She has done this by giving her time and efforts to several organizations that are highly engaged in the area.  One of those organizations is Brighter Christmas which seeks to provide Christmas presents to children in need within the Tracey area.  Sheeva has done this for the past ten years.  She has also given her time to the individuals living at the Astoria Gardens Senior Care Facility, The American Legion’s Hall , Wreath’s Across America (serving our veterans), as well as Support the Troops.  Sheeva is constantly looking for ways to be involved in helping people in the Tracey community.

Hazelle Baptisda
W. R. Farrington High School, Honolulu, HI

Hazelle has been involved in multiple service groups and organizations; most notable is the Key Club at W. R. Farrington High School.  Through Key Club she has selflessly volunteered at many community events including: beach cleanups, The Great Aloha Run, and many on campus events which benefited Kalihi community.  Hazelle is also very involved in PAAC (Pacific and Asian Affairs Council) where last year she served as Vice President of Public Relations during which she was responsible for making sure articles and newsletters were dispersed to the community.  This year she has increased her leadership responsibilities by assuming the role of Division News Editor for her club division, serving nine other schools and working with editors in California and other district level club leaders.  ​

Andrea Malakar
Henley High School, Klamath Falls, OR

Andrea is one of the most “others-focused” young adults in the student population at Henley High School.  She has proven to be one of the most compassionate and supportive Henley High students in everything that she does.  Andrea has been involved for her entire high school career with a program started at HHS called Hunger Not Impossible, whose mission is to provide meals for food-insecure teens and their families.  During the summer of 2019, not only did she volunteer her time as she had done in the past, she took over as program coordinator.  She has been organizing fundraising, training volunteers, and overseeing the program every night during the summer and holiday breaks once the school year started to ensure that local teens across the basin had access to food.  Andrea’s compassion to help others as well as her desire to go unrecognized for her efforts set her apart from most people in this world. ​

Elisabeth Patnode
Woodland High School, Woodland, WA

Elisabeth served more than 800 hours during her 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years. She has spent the majority of her time volunteering at the Love Street Playhouse and Camp Evergreen. She also volunteered at Woodland high school in a student leadership role helping with the incoming freshman, with FFA doing various activities including planning meetings, planting trees, teaching a middle school wreath making class, and being a district officer, as well as with Lelooska Foundation Cultural Center.

​Elisabeth is an amazing student all around. With all of the hours she volunteers she still is able to excel academically which includes two AP classes this year. She also has one class in which she is a peer mentor for some of the special education students with more severe disabilities. She truly is a selfless person that brings out the best in everyone else. ​

Liliana Rosebrook
Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton, OR

Lili has been a great student at Valley Catholic High School. She was a finalist as Rose Princess this year and plans to try for the honor of Rose Princess again next year.  Besides being a great student academically, Lili is also a great human being – a young woman of great character.  Lili performs acts of service not so she can build a strong resume but because it is simply part of the fabric of who she is and how she has been raised.

Lili is incredibly active in her service to help raise money and awareness of MS.  Beyond that, though, she has been involved in helping at local churches, various youth events, and other community outreach programs that serve those in need.

Nathan Moore
Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR

Nathan has been extensively involved in promoting equity and inclusion within the LGBTQI+ community. This service has extended above and beyond the walls of Southridge High School, but into the greater Beaverton and Portland communities. Nathan has been involved with:  a local teen council for a total of 114.5 hours, Equity leadership work within Beaverton School District for roughly 20 hours, Equity and inclusion work, and representing Southridge High School at community events around inclusion, race and equity roughly 15 hours. Nathan's voice is heard, well respected and patient. He believes that all students should be included, listened to and part of a greater whole.

Nathan has been a member of the Southridge Principal's Equity Advisory Committee for the past three years. His voice has always been important within this group, guiding our school's equity vision, and ensuring that student voice is always listened to when making decisions.

Maggie Blaser
Astoria High School, Astoria, OR

Margaret is described as a quiet, rather reserved young woman in comportment and demeanor. Yet her outreach and advocacy on the behalf of others can be strongly felt throughout the Astoria community. Due to her mother's role in the District Attorney’s office, Ms. Blaser has been aware of issues of social injustice from a young age and she has taken action to alleviate its negative effects. Throughout her high school career, she has worked with the community’s support house, the Harbor. Through fundraising efforts, as well as general service and interaction, the women and children of the Harbor were able to benefit from Maggie’s efforts. She has also worked with local law enforcement to streamline paperwork issues regarding domestic violence. Furthermore, her sincere care for others has been exemplified in her sharing of her piano talents by performing at the communities local Senior Centers. ​

Alexis Sierra Villegas
Riverside Senior High School, Boardman, OR

Alexis is touted by her school counselors as “one of the few that goes above and beyond for any high school senior”.  She is not only extremely responsible and outgoing, but also compassionate and empathetic - wanting to make her community a better place to live. Alexis has been involved with the school’s backpack program, giving of her time and resources to make sure that students, who are in need, receive the supplies that they need to attend school.  She has also been involved in the annual holiday canned food drive, feeding people in the community.  This fantastic student has taken time for the past three years, going around town collecting non-perishable food to help make the food drive successful.  Once the bags are filled with food for families, she personally takes it upon herself to deliver the supplies to people in the community who are in need.  Alexis has given countless hours to serving others and the community that she lives in.

Kai Talley
Aloha High School, Aloha, OR

Kai is a sophomore who has a passion for the game of lacrosse and has played the sport for a large portion of his life.  He has turned his passion for the game into a business that helps others get involved in lacrosse.  The business is called Lumber Lax and it all starts with the wood stored in his garage.  Kai cuts down 10-foot long pieces of lumber to make shafts for lacrosse sticks.  Along with his sisters, parents and some friends, they paint and engrave them in the shop at their home.  About 150 sticks are made a month.​  For every shaft he sells, he donates one. His donated sticks are used in programs in Panama, Malaysia, Kenya and Uganda.

Riley Vinson
Beaverton High School, Beaverton, OR

All of the teachers know Riley as a "leader's leader".  She leads in formal ways and by example. She is a member of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and also a member of Student Leadership (Government). Riley is Beaverton High Schools "go to" whenever anyone needs someone to help out. Riley always goes above and beyond any expected requirements. She recently volunteered to be a part of "Beaver Congress", a position within the school where she listens to other student's concerns to take back to the adults at BHS. Riley is personable and approachable; a natural for this type of work. On her own, she has also dedicated over 850 hours to the school theater program as student actor, editor and director. Riley is a member of Site Council, a position held by only the most mature and confident students. ​

Hannah Smith
Cascade Christian High School, Medford, OR

Hannah has been involved in club competitive cheer leading and on a state top three team for four years. She swims and has coached swimmers. Hannah's real passion is veterinary science and she has logged more than 350 volunteer hours at the Southern Oregon Humane Society.  While serving at the clinic, Hannah administers vaccines, gives medicines and prepares surgical suites. Hannah also has a calling to serve in her church and so for, has over 150 hours helping in the kids' wing.  Additionally, Hannah has volunteered for the Rogue Valley MobilPack for Feed My Starving Children, packing food for kids in need. Ms. Smith has volunteered at the local pregnancy center for various events and helped raise money for a family in the school who lost their home to fire. Hannah has also organized clothing and book drives for kids in the hospital.

Alyssa Smith
Horizon Christian High School, Tigard, OR

We are proud to present Alyssa Smith the Silent Servant Student Award.  Alyssa is one of those people who is fully engaged in her community.  She has served at the Royal Family Kids Camp for a number of years.  Royal Family is a non-profit organization that focusses on serving families who foster children.  This wonderful student volunteered her time to run and create a local carnival that profited over $3k in which she donated to the Royal Family organization.  Alyssa also hosted and ran a used book drive that sold used books to raise over $1k to donate to the SMART reading program.

Danika Leaver
Brookings-Harbor High School, Brookings, OR

Danika is a senior at Brookings-Harbor High School and has an amazing ability to serve in her school, to donate time to the American Red Cross, and encourage other classmates to serve all at the same time.  She has been coordinating the school blood drives for the last few years. Her duties are to recruit donors, coordinate donation times, set up and clean up the gym, communicate with administration and the office of absences missed by donors, collect permission slips, answer questions, troubleshoot problems arising in the gym on the day of the drive, coordinate student volunteers and make sure they are on task and doing their job, be a liaison between the school and the Red Cross, and reserve the gym and inform physical education teachers.  For the month leading up to the blood drive she can spend 5 hours a week or more just trying to do all these things. The day of, she is in the gym for at least 8 hours that day. She then starts gearing up for the next one.

Danika has helped run the blood drives for two years, and has worked at the blood drives since her freshman year.  At the end of October, Brookings-Harbor had their latest blood drive. Their goal for the school was 43 units. They were able to collect 54 units. For every unit collected, it has the potential to save 3 lives.  This means that 162 people could get blood collected at our blood drive.  Danika worked at 2 blood drives last year and one the year before. Brookings-Harbor, with a population of 475 students has continually outperformed the much larger (1,500+ students) in the valley.  This is due to the great organization and the recruitment efforts of Danika.  When she graduates, she will train a new volunteer and the school plans to continue to outperform the large valley schools in southern Oregon.

On top of all of the work that Danika donates to the American Red Cross, she also serves at the local food bank, Operation Christmas Child Donations, assisted in raising funds for Doernbecher Children's Hospital, and has served as a class officer.​

Cameron Monfared
Beaverton High School, Beaverton OR

Cameron got his start as a volunteer leader back in middle school, when he joined the Beaverton City Library's teen council. The teen council would help organize resource fairs, which was an eye-opening experience for Monfared. "I just saw how much need was in our community, in Beaverton," he said. "Beaverton is generally a middle-class city, but we have a lot of issues we can take care of together."

Monfared is passionate about: helping homeless people, serving his community, and being a leader. In his early years as a volunteer, he noticed that too often, people would spend a lot of time talking about problems and not as much time actually solving them.  This shaped his results-oriented focus.

"It would always frustrate me," he said, "I always love having these conversations, but we would sit there and sometimes talk for hours and hours, but nothing would come of it."

As president of his school's Key Club, Monfared presides over a local chapter of the largest student-led volunteering organization in the country. Under his leadership, participation numbers have gone up and Monfared puts an emphasis on sending students out into the community whenever possible.

The same holds true for his work with the newly founded Club Hope. "With Club Hope, we have been able to supply more to students at our school," Monfared said. "Over the summer, in the community outreach capacity that I serve in, we spoke to and interacted with over 200 families.  Whatever I do," he said, "even if I end up in business, I want to make sure I'm always doing something to benefit the community."

Delayne Sklaijir
Beaverton High School, Beaverton OR

This sometimes soft spoken and often overlooked student is very creative and an active participant in Best Buddies.  Delayne is also Captain of the Girls Tennis team, contributes regularly to the BHS literary magazine and is their media coordinator.  She also volunteers at Play-Fit-Fun, an elementary school club that promotes health and recreation. In addition, she has volunteered at a nature summer camp the last two years, she is a member of Key Club (a service organization), and National Honors Society (for top academic students), and started a personal art business, Dandelion Designs by Delaney, where she sells linoleum prints.

Delaney is the founder of the Best Buddies Beaverton at Beaverton High School. It started as a service project for her sophomore leadership class and blossomed from there to what it has become today. Best Buddies is a program to promote inclusion and acceptance throughout the community for our most impacted special education students. The Buddies match students from the "mainstream" with students in Special Education to help them participate in school activities: they attend sporting events together, meet them for lunch and help them in their classes.  At the end of the year, they even organize a Buddies Prom.​

Mak Beatty
Aloha High School, Aloha, OR

Mak Beatty is one of those rare individuals who has overcome life’s hard circumstances and has chosen to make it his life’s mission to serve others in his community.  The Peter R. Marsh Foundation would like to honor Mak because of this outstanding dedication to others as he as volunteered in the following areas.  Beatty created a local scouting unit designed to meet the needs of young men and women ages 14- 21 with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. He is an Eagle Scout and has had leadership roles in scouting. Mak has been an advocate for people receiving services from the Albertina Kerr Centers in northwestern Oregon. He has had the privilege of being a guest speaker for the Oregon Council of Developmental Disabilities.  Mak has also volunteered at the Oak Grove Academy Harvest Festival for two years.  He has spoken at various Albertina Kerr board meetings.

Through scouting he has been involved with fund raising to benefit local scouts. Mr. Beatty has been a team leader in scouting, advocating for youth who are in group and foster homes. He has been an activist for disability rights and educating the public on what can be done to fight the mental health stigma.

Mak once wrote as a mission statement that his life’s objective is "To serve my community with devotion, respect, pride, and a relentless pursuit to ensure that all voices are heard, all people are supported, and the needs of my community are prioritized. I intend to work with an organization that aligns with my objective and is continuously dedicated to fulfilling their responsibilities to the community in which they serve."  The Peter R. Marsh Foundation is honored to have awarded Mak Beatty with the Silent Servant Student Award.

Henry Samuelson
Astoria High School, Astoria, OR

Henry is a senior at Astoria high school and is known in his school as one of those rare individuals who sacrificially gives and serves others.  If he sees a need, he’s one of the first to jump in to get the job done.  He currently volunteers his time locally by serving the homeless through Homeless Connect Guide, reaches out to younger people as a youth mentor, and he serves as a leader and national ambassador for the 4H Club.  In addition to these ongoing service opportunities, Henry gives his time on a regular basis both in his school and in his community.  The Peter R. Marsh Foundation is honored to have awarded Henry with the Silent Servant Award.​

Lily Moser
Southridge High School, Beaverton, OR

Lily Moser has found a passion for serving others.  She currently serves as a Make a Wish Foundation Ambassador where she has the opportunity to help dreams come true for children who have major health issues.  A large part of Lily’s time is spent working with Abby's Closet, a non-profit that provides dresses for young ladies in need of a prom dress.  Additionally, Lily has served on the Oregon Military Teen Panel for a few years now and has traveled the country encouraging other military families.  This Southridge student has also served at the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board Summit, Nordstrom Fashion Advisory Board, Portland Distinguished Young Women, and has served as Co-President of Southridge Fashion Club, to name a few.  Lily has given hundreds of hours for the various organizations and continues to do so today.  It’s notable that Lily's family also volunteers for multiple organizations, so Lily comes by it naturally.

Lily wants to study costume design after high school. She was accepted to Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) located in California, to major in costume design.  Lily thinks about others, always has a smile, and is never too much in a hurry to stop and visit with a person, especially one that looks like their having a tough time.  The Peter R. Marsh Foundation is honored to have awarded Lily with the Silent Servant Award.​

Samuel Stetzel, HS Senior
Horizon Christian High School, Tualatin, OR​

It’s an honor to introduce you to Samuel Stetzel,  a senior at Horizon Christian High School located in Tualatin, Oregon. The faculty at Horizon nominated Sam for the Silent Servant Student Award because of his outstanding contributions to his community. This young man is very involved with his own school serving as the Vice President of the associated student body, he is the DECA chapter president, and is a part of the National Honor Society. Amazingly, Sam has found time to create a DECA chapter for the middle school associated with Horizon Christian.  Samuel has found it very important to serve outside the school in his local community by volunteering with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Organization. The PRM Foundation is delighted to offer such an amazing student the Silent Servant Student Award.

Damaris Witham, HS Senior
Crosshill Christian School, Keizer, OR

The PRM Foundation is proud to introduce Damaris Witham, a high school senior at Crosshill Christian School located in Keizer, Oregon.  By unanimous decision, the faculty at Crosshill Christian nominated Damaris to receive the Silent Servant Student Award. Clearly, this young lady has a heart for serving others.  One of her greatest passions is serving in her own community, working with foster children and their families.  For the last two summers, Damaris has served at Royal Family Kids Camp, a week long outreach that focuses on encouraging, teaching, and building up foster children while giving their foster parents a reprieve.  On a daily basis, Damaras is highly engaged with her family who has chosen to be foster parents themselves.

Damaris has always seen a need to serve outside her community as well.  From a young age, Damaris has been raising funds to support the International Justice Mission, World Vision, Compassion International and for surgeries to those who desperately need help in Ethiopia.  Not content with just raising money, she has personally spent time in Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, and Addis Ababa serving those in need including people who have been stricken with leprosy.

Kyle Wegner, HS Senior
Cascade Christian High School, Medford OR

The Silent Servant Student Award is an award given to students who selflessly serve in their local community.  Kyle Wegener exemplifies what this award is all about.  A student at Cascade Christian High School located in Medford, Oregon, Kyle has dedicated himself not only to academics, but to giving his time to helping others in his community.  This amazing student on average, gives ten hours of time each month to many different people.  As an example, Kyle has served as a counselor at a family camp for students with disabilities; he has been a “buddy” to students with disabilities through his church, and serves as a representative on the disabilities committee.  Kyle Wegner is a volunteer instructor of Tae Kwon Do to children between the ages of five and fourteen.  Using these same skills, Kyle showcases his martial art skills for the Kick-a-thon for both the American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army, the Kennedy Elementary Girl Scouts cultural fair, and during the half-time show at the Central High wheelchair basketball game.  The impact Kyle has made in the lives of the disabled is incalculable.  He is impacting the lives of his peers and teachers alike!

Selah Luben, HS Senior
Horizon Christian High School, Tualatin, OR

Selah, a senior at Horizon, provides exceptional and perpetual voluntary service within her school and her community.  In addition to her service as an assistant volleyball coach, leadership in the Young Life organization, mentoring teenage girls, voluntary service within her school and other service projects, Selah has put spent many hours and traveled countless miles to help the efforts to stop child trafficking.  Selah is a consummate student-servant.