CONTACT: Lisa Freed
FAU High Student Honored for Volunteerism
BOCA RATON, FL (March 3, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University High School student Christina Zarrilli recently was named a distinguished finalist by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Zarrilli, 16, of Boca Raton, is a junior at FAU High. She has devoted more than 4,000 volunteer hours to a broad variety of activities, including disaster relief, search and rescue, senior citizen aid, veteran and soldier support, and youth mentoring. Zarrilli also is a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Volunteer Auxiliary, and volunteers regularly at community events in Boca Raton, as well as delivers speeches to promote volunteerism.
“I believe it is important that each of us do our part to contribute to our country, society and the world’s well-being,” said Zarrilli. “Volunteerism allows me to put my idealism into daily practice. I hope that when young people experience the satisfaction of assisting those in need, that they will make service to their communities a lifetime commitment and encourage their friends and future children to do the same, thus making a positive significant impact on the world for generations to come.”
Zarrilli is one of eight Florida students recognized, and will receive an engraved bronze medallion. She hopes to become a U.S. astronaut and work on a space mission for NASA.
All public and private middle level and high schools in the United States, as well as Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and volunteer centers were eligible to select a student or member for the local Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States’ largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.