High school students recognized for community service and leadership

Youth Service Committee members and a representative from International Neighbors.
Back Row: Emily Anness, Jenna Warren, and Haley Chan Front Row: Emily Burleson, Makayla Whitehurst, Lucy Birchfield, Deborah Ayres-Brown, and Kari Miller
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- The Charlottesville Area Community Foundation awarded its 2016 Youth Service Award to the group International Neighbors earlier this week.

The $10,000 award is given to one student from the senior classes of the ten area public schools and the private high schools that have demonstrated active participation in community service, leadership and academic excellence.

Dr. Rosa Atkins, the Charlottesville Public Schools suerpintendent, made the presentation.

Dr. Joe Gieck and Antonio Ricer were on hand to accept the award, along with Emily Anness, of the Renaissance School; Deborah Ayres-Brown, of Western Albemarle High School; Lucy Birchfield from Albemarle High School; Emily Burleson who attends St. Anne’s Belfield School; Haley Chan at Covenant School; Thea Louis from the Miller School of Albemarle; Pearl Outlaw at Tandem Friends School; Bradley Shard from Murray High School; Jenna Warren at Charlottesville High School; and Makayla Whitehurst who attends Monticello High School.

International Neighbors is a local nonprofit that chooses to serve the Charlottesville area refugee and special immigrant community.

Members work in coordination with the International Rescue Committee.

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