IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain High School senior Emily Maule has been nominated the volunteer of the year in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.
Emily is the daughter of Pamela and Doug Maule of Iron Mountain.
In addition, Emily Mattson, Joanne Ray and Desi Bottesi, all students at IMHS will receive Certificates of Merit for their volunteer community service.
These students have been positive role models and representatives of Iron Mountain High School, officials said.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the awards recognize outstanding community service by young Americans.
Emily is now eligible for the Michigan youth volunteer of the year awards.
Two state honorees, one middle level and one high school student, will be named in February.
Each will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., for recognition ceremonies with a parent or guardian next May.
Other honorees will receive bronze medallions or Certificates of Excellence.
At the Washington event, ten National Honorees will be named by a distinguished national selection committee, and each will receive an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for his or her school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of his or her choice.
"Young people who contribute their time and talents to their communities are role models for all of us," said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial. "We salute their dedication, their achievements and their spirit of community."
Emily has been recognized for her wide variety of volunteer activities.
She has participated in running the desk at the Cornish Pump, helping mentor and tutor elementary students in the after-school program at the YMCA, assisting at the VA Hospital in both the library and also the Dietary Department, teacher assistant at the Summer Science Camp and currently a teacher assistant for her church CCD classes.
"Emily is an exemplary role model and has demonstrated that volunteering on one project can lead to so many rewarding experiences. Emily is to be commended on her passion and community spirit," school officials added.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are supported by Girls Scouts of the USA, National 4-H Council, American Red Cross, YMCA of the USA, HandsOn Network (generated by the Points of Light Institute) and many other national youth, service and education organizations.