Rhinebeck High School Student Honored with National Service Award
Elizabeth Goldstone, a student at Rhinebeck 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 granted by the program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
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 from 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.
Rhinebeck High School nominated Ms. Goldstone for national honors last fall in recognition of her dedication to community service. Her service has included serving as a member of the Peer Mentoring Club at RHS, organizing a Holocaust Remembrance Event at RHS which featured presentations by Holocaust survivors, volunteering for the Rhinebeck Science Foundation, founding the annual Bright Nights Winter Coat Drive in her freshman year, and serving as the Teen Liaison for the Temple Beth-El Social Action Committee. Ms. Goldstone is also the recipient of the "Jewish Federation of Ulster County Award for Leadership and Community Service" and a is semi-finalist for the "Diller Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) National Award".
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. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these remarkable young volunteers,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “By shining a spotlight on the difference they’ve made in their communities, we hope others are inspired to volunteer as well.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4—H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated local honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.