Three GCS Students Receive Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Three Guilford County Schools students are being honored for their outstanding volunteer service.

Savannah Albright, a senior at Northern High; Kiersten Cook, a senior at Southeast High; and Ashley Neeley, a senior at Southeast High, each received Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.

Albright was nominated for her work at the Greensboro Science Center, where she planted a monarch butterfly conservation garden. She planted dozens of flowers, especially milkweed, which is a food source for the endangered animal. Savannah held demonstrations at the science center to educate visitors on monarchs and other pollinators, and provided crafts and hands-on activities for future environmentalists. 

Cook was nominated in recognition of her “Drowning Out Hunger” canned food drive to benefit Greensboro Urban Ministry. She worked to unite the Community Swim Association for a three-day annual food drive during the City Swim Championships. She contacted local businesses for sponsorship, presented the idea to swim coaches and contacted local media to promote the event, which has brought in more than 7,500 pounds of food in the past three years. 

Neeley was nominated as the result of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which she earned last year. She worked with members of the men’s and women’s soccer team at Southeast High and the Greensboro United and Fusion soccer clubs to organize a free soccer clinic for elementary school children.

All three seniors received additional recognition from the Guilford County Board of Education at its meeting Thursday night.