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Iowa’s top youth volunteers of 2013 named today by Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Posted February 05, 2013 in Community Web Exclusives, Web Exclusives, West Des Moines

Today, Katelyn Cinnamon, 17, of West Des Moines and Samantha Dilocker, 13, of Red Oak were named Iowa’s top youth volunteers of 2013 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program honoring middle level and high school students for outstanding volunteer service.

As State Honorees, Katelyn and Samantha each will receive $1,000, engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips to Washington, D.C., where they will join 100 other top youth volunteers from across the United States for four days of national recognition events.

The program also recognized four Distinguished Finalists from Iowa:

– Bradley Baudler, 18, of Fontanelle

– Dylan DeClerck, 17, of Clive

– Julianne Delessio, 18, of Bettendorf

– Jacy McAlexander, 12, of Rockwell City

The Distinguished Finalists each will receive engraved bronze medallions.

Katelyn, Iowa’s high school State Honoree, was honored for raising thousands of dollars to purchase iPad tablets for each exam room at the Blank Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic, and to send young cancer patients to a weeklong camp through the Children’s Cancer Connection.

Samantha, Iowa’s middle level State Honoree, was honored for initiating an annual auction of baked goods and crafts at her local Elks Lodge that has raised more than $14,000 over the past six years for a local food pantry, a scholarship fund, a community toy drive and a child with cancer.

Read more about each of Iowa’s State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists in today’s news release:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.

For more information, contact Harold Banks, Prudential Financial, (973)
802-8974, (973) 216-4833 or or visit:

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