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28-Feb-13 (HHS) – Hoover High School student Micah Smith has now received national recognition for his locally-based efforts to help provide cleanwater wells in Africa. He’s been named a “Distinguished Finalist” by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

“We were very, very surprised. Shocked. Speechless,” Smith said – referring to himself and those who assisted him with this outreach.

The Prudential program was impressed at Smith’s ability to raise thousands of dollars through community-based lemonade stands during the summer of 2012. He collaborated with a church contact who is a local representative for Neverthirst, the organization which helps establish cleanwater wells for towns and villages in third-world countries, Smith said.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to know these people will be safe and healthier through these cleanwater wells."

Smith joins five others from around Alabama who earned recognition from the Prudential program. Each receives a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for several days of national recognition events. In addition, two to ten runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists and receive a bronze medallion, according to the Prudential website.

Smith raised more than $8,000.00 in 2012 – and says he hopes to top that in 2013.

More about the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards…

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities. Over the past 17 years, more than 345,000 young Americans have participated in the program, and more than 100,000 of them have been officially recognized for their volunteer efforts.

-Jason Gaston/HCS Public Relations

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