(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Iowa's top two youth volunteers of 2013were honored in the nation’s capital Sunday night.
Thirteen year old Samantha Dilocker of Red Oak and 18 year old Katelyn Cinnamon of West Des Moines were honored for their outstanding volunteer service during the 18th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Katelyn and Samantha, along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country, each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), named Katelyn and Samantha Iowa's top high school and middle level youth volunteers in February. In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events.
Samantha, an eighth-grader at Red Oak Middle School, initiated an annual auction of baked goods and crafts at her local Elks Lodge that has raised more than $22,000 over the past seven years for a local food pantry, a scholarship fund, a community toy drive and a child with cancer.