Erin and Sean Hobbs, 4th year and 1st year recipients
By Karen Hobbs
Last week in a ceremony at Lincoln High School more than 154 students received High School Letters. What was unique is that these Letters were from 28 different High Schools in Pierce County. These Letters were not for any sport but for Community Service and they are a joint project of the United Way of Pierce County and local schools. This is the 7th year that this program has been in existence and each year more students receive their Letters. Nine students received their 4th Letter in Community Service, which shows an incredible amount of dedication to the volunteering spirit. There were also 107 1st time winners, 25 2nd year winners and 13 3rd year recipients.
According to Bob Connelly of UWPC, a total of 39,658 hours were volunteered by these students! If you could calculate a value for these hours to the organizations involved it would total $773,727 saved! These are amazing numbers and there are many more students out there donating their time and talents that are not counted. In order to earn their Letter, a student must submit a time log of hours volunteered from 1 April 2007 until 31 March 2008. These must total at least 140 hours and must include at least some hours spent helping a school run organization. These hours are verified by UW staff who contact all the organizations involved. In addition each student also receives the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the Bronze, Silver or Gold Level, depending on hours served. 20 of the awardees also received the Willie Stewart Community Service scholarship presented by Willie Stewart.
In our area we had several Letter winners.
From Clover Park High:
- Yong Ki Cho (Senior, 1st year winner, 159 hours)
- Wang Lee (Junior, 1st year,153 hours)
- Airol Mae Salanga (Junior, 1st year, 145 hours)
Their activities included: volunteering at St. Clare’s, teaching Korean Language to young children, helping at ROTC events, the Ignite program and St. Leo’s food connection.
From Lakes High School:
- Everett Armistad (Junior, 1st year, 512 hours)
- Patrick Breadnax (Senior, 1st year, 527 hours)
- Anthony Elmore (Sophomore, 1st year, 316 hours)
- Keith Jones (Senior, 1st year, 785 hours)
- Michelle Peious (Freshman, 1st year, 433 hours)
- Dan Prior (Junior, 1st year, 617 hours)
- Brittanie Saxberg (Junior, 2nd year, 652 hours)
- Katlyn Schmitt (Senior, 1st year, 602 hours)
- Ralph Topps (Senior, 1st year, 502 hours)
All of these students are involved in the school’s JROTC program and spend countless hours volunteering with the Armed Drill Team, the Path Finder’s Team, the Team One Color Guard and the Leadership Camp among other roles. They also volunteered with other organizations such as the City of Lakewood, 593rd Transportation FRG, Main Post Chapel, Fort Lewis Catholic Youth Group, Special 4 Advisory Board and a Vacation Bible school.
From Steilacoom High School:
- Loren Enold (Junior, 1st year, 190 hours)
- Erin Hobbs (Senior, 4th year recipient, 293 hours)
- Sean Hobbs (Freshman, 1st year, 157 hours)
- Denise Isler (Senior, 1st year, 176 hours)
- Jacquelyn LaValley (Junior, 1st year, 355 hours)
- Dezeirai Lewis (Senior, 1st year, 228 hours)
- Katie Palmer (Senior, 1st year, 178 hours)
Their many and varied organizations served included MDA’s summer camp, Mission Mexico home building trip with St. John Bosco Youth Group, helping provide food and clothing to migrant farm workers in Mt. Vernon, WA, a Girl Scout Gold Award project to interview residents at Patriot’s Landing and compile a directory, YMCA, Boy Scouts, Key club, Ft. Lewis sunday school and youth basketball coach.
Congratulations to all these hard working, dedicated and caring young adults! As the guest speaker, Madlyn Murrey, RN quoted at the end of her speech, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”Continue your wonderful lives, doing wonderful things.