Alexander, Corker Congratulate Tennessee Students Honored with 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Zion Christian Academy Junior and Craigmont Middle School 8th-Grader Among Students Recognized in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, MAY 9 – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R.-Tenn.) today congratulated Hannah Bryant, 17, of Columbia, and M’Lea Scott, 14, of Memphis, for being selected as Tennessee’s state honorees in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community awards program. Each year, the program selects one high school student and one middle school student in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based upon their outstanding volunteer service. This week the 102 state honorees gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2013 national recognition events.

“I am delighted to congratulate Hannah and M’Lea, two tremendous role models, as they represent the state of Tennessee and are recognized for their accomplishments,” Alexander said. “They each saw a need in their community and responded with creative, thoughtful plans to make a big difference in people's lives.”

“It was a pleasure to welcome this year’s award winners, Hannah and M’Lea, to Capitol Hill this week. I am proud to congratulate them on this outstanding honor and hope their commitment, generosity and service is an example to young people across our state,” said Corker.

For the past five years, Miss Bryant has given brand-new purses filled with clothing, accessories and personal items to hundreds of girls in need in her community. To raise funds to personally shop for the purses and items to fill them, she started “Hannah’s Purse Drive,” several fundraisers per year, including a “ragball” tournament that raised $4,200.

Miss Scott started her “Pennies for the Homeless” campaign to support Memphis Union Mission, which feeds the hungry. She asked her church congregation, friends, family and school administrators to each donate one roll of pennies per week—which she calculated would be about $26 per year. Many people gave more, and within a year she was able to collect enough funds to feed 600 hungry people at the Memphis mission.

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