Two recent Gratiot graduates recognized for their community service – The Morning Sun

Two recent Gratiot County high school graduates were recognized for their volunteerism by Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Jaina Barden of Ithaca was one of 31 recipients from across the state to win the Youth Changemaker Award, given to students who have completed more than 400 hours of community service during their high school years.

Moritz Richter

Alma’s Moritz Richter was one of 52 recipients to receive the Youth Spirit of Hope award, given to students who have completed more than 200 hours of community service in high school.

Barden and Richter also completed more than 50 hours of community service in their senior years to earn MCSC Community Impact Awards.

“We are so proud of all of the teens and young adults in Michigan who have volunteered their time to help others,” said MCSC Executive Director Ginna Holmes, who previously worked for Alma College and Michigan Public Schools. Alma.

“By learning the power of volunteerism at a young age, these Michiganders are nurturing a lifelong passion for making a difference and strengthening communities, making our state more resilient.”

In addition to her community service work, Barden, the daughter of Jason and Cheryl Barden, was a member of the Ithaca High School cheer squad and marching band. She is also a dancer for the Academy of Performing Arts, senior researcher and junior Rotarian, and was first runner-up in the 2022 Alma Highland Queen of Scots Festival competition, where she was selected Wee Queen in 2014.

Richter, the son of Marcus and Ellen Richter, was an all-conference football player for the Panthers and served as student council president, vice president of the National Honor Society, and chair of the Gratiot County Community Youth Advisory Council. Foundation.

“I am thrilled to honor so many Michigan student volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help others and build stronger communities in our great state,” Governor Whitmer said in a press release announcing the recipients.

“These extraordinary young Michiganders honored Michigan’s tradition of helping others and remained dedicated to service, donating hundreds of hours of their time to help those in need. They give me hope and will help us build a more prosperous and prosperous Michigan for all.

Winning students will receive medals and certificates for their community service efforts.

Jill E. Washington