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Media Release

Mayor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award Ceremony

Release Date: May 10, 2016

Contact Information:
Faidra Smith , Public Information Coordinator, 843-341-4640, Fax: 843-842-7728
Lynn Buchman , Administrative Assistant, 843-341-4700


Mayor David Bennett presented 160 Hilton Head Island Middle School and High School students with the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award at a special ceremony at the Sonesta Resort on Monday, May 9, 2016. The ceremony presented a way to thank and honor these students who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspired others to engage in volunteer service and who have given their valuable time and effort into making a difference in our community.

All 160 students completed at least 50 hours of community service since May 1, 2015 contributing a total of nearly 19,000 volunteer hours to our community.  42 of the 160 students contributed more than 150 hours of service to earn the Mayor's Call to Service Award and 5 of the 160 students contributed more than 400 volunteer hours. Photos for each award level group can be found on the Town’s website at www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov. 

Recipients for each level included:

Bronze Level (At least 50 hours):

Damaris Diaz, Meredith Inglis, Kayla Kozak, Megan MacDonell, Ryan Mirabella, and Kevin Palacio Ruiz

Photo of Bronze Level Recipients of the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award

Silver Level (51to 100 hours):

LaTeeyah Almendarez, Leah Anderson, Dominick Aurelio, James Bartholomew, Michael Becvar, Ally Boys, Mary Cobia, Jefferson Dail, Nicholas Deas, Sarah DeLoach, Rebecca Donaldson, Lily Doyle, Anna Lesemann Eddy, Gwendolyn Ellenberg, Hannah Fedor, Lauren Fettes, Alexandra Fisher, Jean Foissac, Lydia Fuller, Julia Gigante, Nicholas Gioffre, Sarah Glenn, Shiso Go, Vanessa Gonzalez, Hannah Rose Harrison, Joel Herrin, Joseph Hutchinson, Mark Hutchinson, Zoey Jackson, Andi Jacobs, Elizabeth Jordan, Emma Knight, Michelle Kunz, Parker Liggett, Jake Lopko, Maximilian Lowrey, Shane Mason, Jack Mastrorocco, Edward Maxted-Sorensen, Virginia McAvoy, Aidan McCloskey, Christopher McCorkendale, Kaley Grace McGuire, Eliza Mehle, Frank William Milbourn V, Sydney Mink, Jacquelyn Nahman, Joanmarie Nimmer, Mary Grace Nimmer, Samantha Norton, Lydia Novak, Lukas O’Grady, Sydney Owen, Alex Parsick, Ely Poacher, Davis Puckey, Thor Michael Pullon, Sophia Elizabeth Rameizl, Abi Rasch, Olivia Reichenbach, Jackson Richard, Ava Roberts, Mallory Russell, Quinn Ryan, Mable Safe, Tess Sanford, Michael Santorum, Anthony Senouillet, Elena Senouillet, Jacqueline Steinmetz, Melis Tirhi, Lucas Tomita, Kailey Tucker, Wescott Unik, Marleny Vargas, Alexis Voulgaropoulos, Avery Wallace, Evan White, Joshua Williams, Olivia Wyrick, Peiyu Xiong, Zachary Zahler, and Shirley Zhilan Zhou

Photo of Silver Level Recipients of the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award

Gold Level (101 to 150 hours):

Logan Bedenbaugh, Alex Borelli, Jasmyn Brown, Ailyn Chavira, Santiago Diaz, Sydney Hall, Laney Hawkins, Haylee Lynn Hopman, Hunter Hopman, Veronique Horup, Olivia Jackson, Kelsey Kabiri, Anya Lazinski, Jamia Leonard, Xin Richard Liu, Molly Lucci, Tate Lucci, Billy Medrano, William Monts, Ryan Nimmer, Ava Nixon, Elizabeth Parker, Madeline Prince, Emma Pyle, Sophie Rudloff, Brenda Tinoco, Rik Ujaan, Malika Williams, and Ana Zavaleta

Photo of Gold Level Recipients of the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award

Mayor’s Call to Service Award (More than 150 hours):

George Boney, Dylan Brown, Michael Caramello, Jasmine Chee, Melany Chong, Mya Clayton, Grey Anne Cummings, Edi Darnell, Hope Anne Dobbelaere, Kelly Gasca, Caroline Graves, Ashley Hamlin, Brittany Jayce Hanna, Julia Herrin, Jamie Hubbard, Curtis Johnson, Emily Krepfle, Allison Krivda, McKenna Leitner, Cassandra Maurer, Kathryn Maurer, Rebecca Lynn McCorkendale, Reedy Newton, Sophia Elizabeth Nimmer, Theodore Oldham, Ashna Patel, Mitt Patel, Sandy Phillips, Jordan Robinson, Raechel Schroeder, Lauren Shand, Ella Simons, Morgan Smith, Ashleigh Snyder, Mackenzie Starnes, Rachel Alys Stratton, Sarah Sugg, Claudia Swidzinski, Jackson Tomaszewski, Adam True, Annalisa Wachtel, and Kelsey Wallace

Photo of Mayor's Call to Service Recipients of the Mayor's Youth Volunteer Service Award

*Note: Photos are attached for each award level. Please note that the order of the names in the press release do not match the order of the kids in the group photos. Not all students were present to receive an award.