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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Keeley DeLora, a high school Junior at Oakridge High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Keeley DeLora stands in the hall of OHS holding her letter from President Trump and her Certificate of Excellence
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
Oakridge Public Schools nominated Keeley for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. Keeley is a volunteer at Chance Stables in Muskegon, MI, where she is able to assist special needs kids of all ages work and ride therapy horses. “I work with the kids at Chance Stables about once a week, and then I will also volunteer at the stables to feed and help take care of the horses”, said DeLora. “Sometimes I get to ride the horses, too.” Keeley is also an active volunteer with The Penguin Project. “I’m in Drama Club at the high school, and The Penguin Project teams drama students up with a special needs actor to help learn lines and perform. Last year we performed Aladdin at the Frauenthal Center. I was an Artist Mentor from June until October, working once or twice a week in preparation for the show.”
In addition to Keeley’s volunteer efforts, she’s also very active at Oakridge High School. A member of the Varsity Golf Team, which launched just last spring, the Drama Club and Choir. She is also enrolled in the Early College Program, hoping to earn college credits towards a degree in Speech Pathology. When we asked how she felt about being chosen for this award, Keeley said she is very surprised. Her mom encouraged her to apply for this recognition, and we are so glad that she did. “Keeley is an amazing student, and we are so honored to have her at Oakridge”, said Principal Jason McVoy. “She is an outstanding leader in our community, and it’s wonderful to have her hard work recognized at the national level.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.