U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today congratulated Katlyn Vacanti-Mitchell, 17, of Brentwood, Tenn., a junior at Ravenwood High School, and Katie Ayres, 12, of Memphis, Tenn., a seventh-grader at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis, for being selected as Tennessee’s state honorees in the 2009 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 for being outstanding volunteers in their communities. The 102 state honorees gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2009 national recognition events.
“I am proud of Katie and Katlyn for volunteering so much of their time to help others,” said Alexander. “I congratulate them on their hard work and wish them the best of luck in all future endeavors.”
“I thank Katlyn and Katie for making a difference in their communities,” Corker said. “These young leaders are inspiring examples and they represent our state well.”
Miss Vacanti-Mitchell founded a charitable organization that has raised more than $130,000 to provide free meals and long-distance phone calls from parents of children undergoing lengthy treatments at two children’s hospitals. Miss Ayres volunteered to teach young children at a school summer camp and at a church-related camp, to assist at her church’s vacation Bible school, and to serve as an acolyte during church services.
For more information about the awards program visit: http://www.principals.org/prudential.