Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) congratulates eight students who were among those recognized by the Grande Prairie Volunteer Service Bureau with Leaders of Tomorrow Awards at the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, April 17.
The Leaders of Tomorrow Awards program recognizes students aged 13 to 15 years old and 16 to 18 years old who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through volunteerism. Nominees must exhibit dedication and excellence in any field of volunteer work including school, community, athletics, or fine arts; and inspire the spirit of volunteerism in others.
Award recipients receive a trophy, a cash award of $100, plus a $100 donation to a registered charity of choice.
Grade 9 students Charlotte Schmidt and Sky Vetsch of Hythe Regional School, and Sophia Underwood, a Grade 8 student at Helen E. Taylor School, were among those who received recognition in the 13 to 15 years old category.
“It makes me happy to help people,” says Miss Underwood. “It gives me things to do that I enjoy.”
At her young age, Miss Underwood has already developed an impressive list of contributions to her community. She volunteers at Wembley Parks and Recreation events, serves as an assistant soccer coach and provides childcare for adult fitness programs. She is actively involved in Girl Guides, Helen E. Taylor School, her church and the Wembley Public Library.
Recognized in the 16 to 18 years old category were Grade 12 students Jesse Gundersen, Faith Nayko, Jackson Sweder and Shannon Taylor from Beaverlodge Regional High School, along with Annika Rorem of Sexsmith Secondary School.
“Being born into a privileged family makes me want to help others who may not have the same advantages,” says Miss Rorem. “It feels really good to directly impact people. Being a volunteer has definitely widened my world view, changed my perspective and shown me how easy it is to make a difference.”
Miss Rorem is the president of Sexsmith Secondary School’s leadership team and co-president of her graduating class. She is a member of the school’s Interact Club, volunteers as an assistant dance instructor and was a Youth Ambassador for the 2014 Mighty Peace Day event.
For more information on the Leaders of Tomorrow Awards, visit http://www.gpvsb.com.
- Top: PWSD students who received recognition in the 13 to 15 years old category were (l-r) Sophia Underwood, a Grade 8 student at Helen E. Taylor School, and Grade 9 students Charlotte Schmidt and Sky Vetsch of Hythe Regional School.
- Second: Sophia Underwood, a Grade 8 student at Helen E. Taylor School, was recognized in the 13 to 15 year old category.
- Third: PWSD students who received recognition in the 16 to 18 years old category were (l-r) Grade 12 students Jackson Sweder, Shannon Taylor, Faith Nayko and Jesse Gundersen of Beaverlodge Regional High School, and Annika Rorem (missing from photo) of Sexsmith Secondary School.
- Fourth: Annika Rorem, a Grade 12 student at Sexsmith Secondary School, was recognized in the 16 to 18 year old category.
- For more photos, visit PWSD's Facebook page.