DOVER, DE.- The Prudential Spirit of Community awards have just awarded two of the top youth volunteers of the year.
Elizabeth Quesenberry, 17, of Wilmington, and Piper Biggs, 11, won the award which honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Quesenberry was nominated by Padua Acadamey High School and Piper was nominated by Kent County 4-H in Dover.
Currently in its' 20th year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is conducted by Prudential Financial in Partnership with the National Association of Secondary Principals. (NASSP)Quesenberry, a senior in high school, overcame a diagnosis of brain cancer and started a nonprofit organization that has raised $100,000 over the past six years to increase awareness of childhood cancer. The fund helps search for a cure, and ease the financial pressure on families of young cancer patients.
"Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these remarkable young volunteers," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "By shining a spotlight on the difference they've made in their communities, we hope others are inspired to volunteer too."
Since the program began in 1995, more than 100,000 young volunteers have been honored at the local, state and national level. The program also conducted by Prudential subsidiaries in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, India, and China. In addition to granting its own awards, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program also distributes President's Volunteers Service Awards to qualifying local honorees, on behalf of President Barack Obama.