Secretary of State honors two B.I. studentsCivic Leadership Awards recognizes contributions to school, community
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis honored two Block Island students with 2013 Civic Leadership Awards, which are given annually to members of the senior class who make outstanding contributions to their school and their community.
“This award recognizes students who show an understanding of the importance public service has in a democratic society. They take the principles of civics and put them into action at home and at school,” said Mollis.
This year’s award winners from the Block Island School are Elizabeth Grace O’Neill and Jaixen Hall. O’Neill is a kindergarten teaching assistant and former student council president who also volunteers for the Block Island Lions Club and the fire department’s Ladies Auxiliary. Hall is a three-sport athlete, a teaching assistant at the elementary level, a member of the National Honor Society, a Big Brother and a member of the volunteer fire department.
As hundreds of family and friends looked on, more than 90 students received awards at a State House ceremony. Mollis was joined by Ron and Pete Cardi of Cardi’s Furniture, who urged the recipients to make community service a life-long commitment.
Mollis had asked high schools around the state to nominate one female and one male member of the Class of 2013 based on their record of public service, leadership ability and academic achievement.
Nearly 70 high schools ranging from Barrington High to Woonsocket High nominated seniors for the honor. This is the seventh consecutive year Mollis has presented the awards.
“My goal is to encourage young people to get involved. Their enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the civic life of their school and community are vital to the strength of our democracy. I hope their example inspires next year’s senior class,” said Mollis.