Five students from Malden Catholic School for Girls will be traveling to Washington D.C. in June to compete in the National Students in Action competition.
Students in Action was launched in 2006 by the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Deloitte and aims to “develop high school students into community leaders. Currently active in communities across the U.S., the program encourages teenagers to positively impact their schools, communities and world,” per its website.
The group from Malden Catholic, which includes Valeria Arahna, Elena Chronopoulos, Francesca Callahan, Chrisnie Clerge, and Lauren Pozark, focused their service projects on people with disabilities.
The team, made up entirely of first-year high-school students, received a Gold Medal of Distinction and were awarded first place in the regional competition at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston.
The three main pillars for the Students in Action project are leadership, engagement, and impact. Along with the three pillars, there are seven goals the students work towards, which include engaging the school community, establishing an effective leadership team, expanding volunteer capacity, expanding financial capacity, telling service stories, growing and expanding the mission of Students in Action, and innovating.
To meet these goals, the students from Malden Catholic have been working all year to help people with disabilities. They focused on two key projects: creating a sporting event and improving traffic safety.
For its first success, the group advocated for a new sidewalk ramp on the corner of Holden Street and Rt. 60 in Malden. Construction for this project began this Spring.
Second, the group worked with the Fenn School in Concord and hosted an event in February dubbed “Kickball for All” which was a day-long event that joined children with and without disabilities to participate in games, arts and crafts, and play kickball.
The Students in Action competition required extra effort from all of the students involved who worked before and after school and even during lunch periods.
Congratulations to these students for their hard work, and best of luck in D.C.!
To learn more about the Students in Action project, click here: http://studentsinaction.jeffersonawards.org/
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