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Wolfe's volunteer efforts awarded

July 16, 2007

Robert Wolfe, 17, of Smithsburg, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from the 2007 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Robert was nominated for this award by Grace Academy in Hagers-town, where he is a student.

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 across America for outstanding community service activities. Robert earned his award by forming the Grace Academy Missions Team. The purpose of the missions team is to go out into the community to do service projects, as well as take collections for local charitable organizations.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, now in its 12th year, also recognized the top middle-level and high school volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia. More than 200,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

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"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 Art Ryan, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "They truly deserve all of the praise and encouragement we can give them."

"The young people recognized by the Spirit of Community Awards demonstrate an enormous capacity for giving and reaching out to those in need," said Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. "NASSP is proud to honor them, as they are wonderful examples of the high caliber of young people in our nation's schools today."

Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle-level and high schools, Girl Scouts councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and volunteer centers. 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.

NASSP, based in Reston, Va., is a leadership organization representing the nation's middle-level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring principals.

Prudential Financial, based in Newark, N.J., serves individual and institutional customers worldwide, offering a variety of products and services in the areas of insurance, investments, securities, banking and real estate.

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