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Milton HS students honored for volunteer service

by Emme Raus

March 18, 2013

From left, Milton High School Principal Cliff Jones, Ivan Liu, Shaurya Verma and Assistant Principal Heidi Ballog.
From left, Milton High School Principal Cliff Jones, Abhinaya Uthayakumar and Assistant Principal Heidi Ballog.
From left, Milton High School Principal Cliff Jones and Vikrant Jain.
MILTON, Ga. — Four Milton High School students received various prestigious awards from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program (PSCA).

Abhinaya Uthayakumar and Vikrant Jain, both seniors at Milton HS, received the President's Volunteer Service Award from PSCA, a group dedicated to commending young people across the United States for outstanding community service activities, on behalf of President Barack Obama.

The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country.

Ivan Liu, a junior at Milton HS, was also honored with a state-level Certificate of Excellence from this year's PSCA program. Liu was among the top 10 percent of all applicants from the state of Georgia.

Liu earned his award by working through the Children's Restoration Network of Atlanta. During the summer, he focused on the organization's annual food and school drive as a regional coordinator.

Currently, Liu is working on a new volunteer society called the Your Club You Serve Foundation. He has already designed the website and is planning for future events.

Shaurya Verma, a senior at Milton HS, was named one of the top runners-up in this year's Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Georgia.

Verma will receive an engraved Bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion to commemorate this impressive award. He has also qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award based on the number of volunteer hours he has volunteered.

Verma founded a club called MDJunior, which brings together medical professionals with middle and high school students in underserved areas to help inspire children to serve in their community.

More than $40,000 has been raised to support this organization, which today has 20 chapters in seven states, 114 mentors and nearly 600 participating students.

"Prudential is proud to honor these students for making meaningful contributions to their communities," said John Strangefeld, Prudential chairman and CEO.

"We hope that shining a spotlight on their initiative, creativity and compassion inspires others to consider how they too can make a difference."

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), more than 370,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.