Plainfield Student Wins Service Award

EDISON — The Middlesex County Guidance Council granted its Caring Award to Charles Pivnichny of Plainfield, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, during its 23rd Annual Recognition Program on the evening of April 29 at Middlesex County College. The award is given to students who demonstrate outstanding service to our communities and those in need.

A certified Emergency Medical Technician on two rescue squads, Pivnichny has also been awarded for contributing the most volunteer hours of any young person in Plainfield. He has also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity over the past four years.

At Wardlaw-Hartridge, Pivnichny has served as the crew chief and head of construction for the last two years on the set of school productions. During the plays and musicals, he also acts as chief lighting and sound technician while training others to follow him upon his graduation. he also assists various school clubs and organizations in setting up and operating audio and lighting systems during special events throughout the school year. He also serves as director, producer, writer, camera operator and co-president of Wardlaw-Hartridge Television.

In nominating Pivnichny for The Caring Award, one of his teachers commented: “If I were stuck by the side of the road with a flat tire or a heart attack, I’d want Charlie Pivnichny. He has practical good sense, a heart of gold and when he’s doing something he loves, he is hands down the one you want there by your side.”

Charles is the son of James V. Pivnichny and Joan D. Van Pelt of Plainfield.

CARING SENIOR…Charles Pivnichny of Plainfield, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, poses, center, with Kevin P. Farrell (president of the Middlesex County Guidance Council) and Shirlie Camp (Chairperson of The Caring Award), after receiving his certificate. Photo by Susan Swenson/Wardlaw-Hartridge

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