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Rutland-area students, teachers receive U.S. Presidential awards

At a recent awards ceremony at Stafford Technical Center, 12 students and two faculty members received Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.

The criteria was that in the 2009 calendar year, the young adult needed 100-174 hours of volunteer service to qualify at the bronze level, 175-249 for the silver level, and 250 or more hours for the gold level. For adults, the requirement was greater- both got lifetime achievement awards for 4,000 or more hours. Stafford's SADD Chapter became a "certifying organization", and sought out awardees and verified the volunteer service. There were six bronze level awards, one silver level awards and five gold level awards among the students.

Bronze level awards were won by Kayla Thomas and Lindsey Brown of the Health Careers Academy, for their work at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Kayla also volunteered at her church and did volunteering through Rutland High School's Green Mountain Teen Institute Organization.

Also winning the bronze level award from Health Careers was Colton Francis, who volunteered at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center, and Danny Biebuyck, who volunteered with the Vermont Ski and Sports Adaptive Sports Center. Kayla Jones, a student in the Public Safety Services Program, received her bronze-level award for her work with SADD and with the Rutland City Police Cadets. Tim Mumford, a student in the Electrical and Plumbing Program, a student from Mill River Union High School, won his award for his work with the Clarendon Volunteer Fire Department.

The silver awards went to a student in the Power Mechanics and Welding Program: Colin Terenzini Colin, a student from Rutland High School, got his award for his work with the Rutland Town Fire Department, where he is a member.

The gold level award winners were all enrolled in the Public Safety Services Program. Mill River Union High School students Erika Stocker and James Reed spent hundreds of hours on their fire departments, Wallingford and Middletown Springs. Ashley Barnes volunteered at the SADD, the RAD Program, and Rutland Police Explorers. Geoffry McDonald, an Otter Valley student, did work through his church as well as with SADD. Kyle Lenher, a Proctor High School student, volunteered at his church and was a Rutland Police Explorer. The awards were announced by SADD members Kyle Lenher and Geoffry McDonald.

Health Careers Academy lead instructor Kristin Jarvi received a lifetime award for thousands of hours donated to the American Red Cross, SkillsUSA, her church, and other groups. Public Safety Services Instructor John D'Esposito donated in excess of 4,000 hours to the Otter Valley Union High School Board, the Maclure Library, SADD, Pittsford Fire Department, and the Rutland Area Prevention Coalition.

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