RUMFORD — Caleb Gauvin, 16, of Rumford has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognized Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Caleb participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, where he is a student.

Caleb earned this award by volunteering for the Parish of The Holy Savior Youth Ministry, MVHS Peer Helpers, announcing games for Area Youth Football, managing the AYF website and coaching floor hockey at the GRCC.

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities.

“The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “In recognizing these students and placing spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through community volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCA’s and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After local honorees were named, state-level judges selected state honorees, distinguished finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

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