Liberty student honored for work in Israel

February 19, 2013

By Staff

Melissa Blue, a senior at Liberty High School, is being recognized by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards programs as a top youth volunteer.

Sponsored by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the national program is now in its 18th year and recognizes middle level and high school students for their outstanding community service. Blue is one of six students in Washington and 234 nationwide who were named Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive an engraved bronze medallion.

During her two years at the American International School in Israel, Blue conducted research into environmental hazards to encourage farmers to reduce the use of pesticides.

“When you consider the collective impact of each of these individual acts, it’s clear that young people can be a major force for good,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the association.

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