Benedictine Academy Students Receive NJ Youth Service Awards

ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy, the all-female Catholic college prep high school in Elizabeth, received three awards, one in the category of “Citizenship”, another in the category of “Community Improvement”, and a third in the category of “Peace & Justice”, during the “NJ Youth Service Awards” Ceremony held at the Newark Museum on Saturday, May 12. The awards were given through the “New Jersey Make Service Count Challenge”, a Youth Service Initiative of the NJ “Jefferson Governor’s Award” coordinated by the Star Ledger of NJ and the Community Foundation of NJ.

Three of Benedictine Academy’s youth service projects, Delivering Happiness, Globe Changers Modern Day Abolition, and JTB Club “Good Samaritan Law”, were selected to receive a 2012 “New Jersey Youth Jefferson Award” in the Youth Service category. The projects were selected from a number of outstanding entries around the state. The judges were “impressed with the creativity and contribution young people are making in their communities, schools, state and world.”

Benedictine Academy’s Globe Changers and JTB Club, along with a school-wide service effort by all clubs, were honored on May 12 for their exceptional good works along with twenty five other schools, groups and individuals from northern New Jersey, who carried out numerous service projects over the past year or more.

Benedictine Academy students will travel to Washington, D.C. in mid-June to compete in the National Students in Action competition as part of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. The Jefferson Service Award is considered the Nobel Peace Prize for volunteer service. Benedictine Academy also won the “Jefferson Award New Jersey Regional Competition” and Gold Banner for outstanding volunteerism in March.

Students from Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth were honored at the Newark Museum on May 12 with the NJ Youth Service Award for their volunteer efforts. All Benedictine Academy Service Clubs were recognized for their volunteer leadership efforts in Delivering Happiness to the local and global communities by helping those in need. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

Benedictine Academy’s Globe Changers Club members won an award for their dedicated work as modern day abolitionists in fighting to eradicate human trafficking; the Academy’s JTB Club was recognized for its successful advocacy in changing the outdated state “Good Samaritan Law”, regarding the use of defibrillators. Pictured (l-r) at the Newark Museum are Benedictine Academy students Ewa Kowalczyk, Carolyn Antonio, Ariana Taveras, Danah Laguitan and Andrea Mendoza, with Karen Hatcher, NJ Regional Director of Volunteer Service Leadership of the Community Foundation and Jefferson Awards Students In Action. (Photo courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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