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Two Georgia youth honored for volunteerism

National award ceremony in Washington pays tribute to Roswell and Cumming students

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey, far left, congratulated David Resnick of Roswell and Kelsey Hirsch of Cumming, who were recognized for their volunteerism May 5. (click for larger version)
May 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgia's top two youth volunteers of 2013, David Resnick, 18, of Roswell and Kelsey Hirsch, 13, of Cumming were honored in the nation's capital for their outstanding volunteer service during the 18th annual presentation of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

Resnick and Hirsch – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History on May 5.

Resnick, a senior at Centennial High School, has played a leadership role for the past six years in an organization called Creating Connected Communities that throws an annual holiday party for more than 750 children from homeless shelters throughout Atlanta.

Hirsch, an eighth-grader at Piney Grove Middle School, sold more than $15,000 worth of silicone wristbands to help the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) respond to a recent surge in call volume from victims of sexual violence.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), named Resnick and Hirsch Georgia's top high school and middle school youth volunteers in February. In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events.

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