Union Catholic Senior Selected For Prudential Spirit Of Community Award

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Union Catholic Senior Michael Pego of Kearny.

SCOTCH PLAINS – Senior Michael Pego of Kearny was named the Union Catholic volunteer of the year in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the award recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. Michael is now eligible for the New Jersey youth volunteer of the year award. Two State Honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February. Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition ceremonies with a parent or guardian next May.

Pego serves as a facilitator for St. Stephen’s Confirmation preparation program, in Kearny, where he prepares for and conducts weekly sessions with seven to ten high school freshmen several times a year. He is expected to research the topic being presented on a particular night and then prepare a lesson and discussion questions for the session. “I believe the Confirmation candidates themselves benefit the most from my work,” said Pego. “They will use the material I pass on them to help strength their faith and make better their lives as young Catholics.”

Pego was also recently given the St. Timothy Award, the highest recognition the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and the Archdiocese confers on a high school youth. One extraordinary youth from each county who selflessly serves his/her peers and the community is given this honor.


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