At a recent awards ceremony at Stafford Technical Center, nine
students and two faculty members received Presidential Volunteer
Service Awards. The criteria was that in the 2010 calendar year,
the young adult needed 100-174 hours of volunteer service to
qualify at the bronze level, 175-249 for the silver level, and 250
or more hours for the gold level. Stafford's SADD Chapter became a
"certifying organization" and sought out awardees and verified the
volunteer service. There were three bronze level awards, one silver
level awards and five gold level awards among the students.
Bronze awards winners include:
Allyson Bradley and Amanda Reid of the Cosmetology Program and Anya
Smith of the Health Careers Academy. Allyson Bradley, a student
from Proctor High School, received her award as a result of her
work as a volunteer dance teacher. Amanda Reid, a student from Fair
Haven Union High School, earned her award as a result of her work
in the area of child care. Anya Smith, who is from Rutland High
School, volunteered at the Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The silver award winners include:
Ashlie Whittemore also in the Health Careers Program. Ashlie, a
student from Otter Valley Union High School, got the award for her
work at Camp Daybreak.
The gold award winners include:
Poultney High School junior Tyler Manning spent many hours on his
department, the Middletown Springs Volunteer Fire Department, as
did Fair Haven Union High School's Stephen Marcoux, a member of the
Castleton Volunteer Fire Department. Kim Rupe, also a Poultney High
student, volunteered at the Venture Crew as well as with SADD.
Nupur Naik from the Health Careers Academy did hundreds of hours of
volunteer service through RRMC. Porsche Lowell, an Otter Valley
student, did her community service as a member of the Brandon
Police Explorers. All gold award winners were all either enrolled
in the Public Safety Services Program or in the Health Careers
The awards were announced by SADD members Megan Barber and Alison
Also receiving Lifetime Volunteer Service Awards for over 4,000
lifetime hours of volunteer service were Cosmetology Instructor
Laurel Austin, a volunteer ski instructor, and Peg Bolgioni,
Stafford's Outreach Counselor, who is active in Rotary.