Carroll recognized for service


Hannah Tadey, staff writer

Senior Hollis Carroll has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Hollis Carroll participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Joliet West High School.

Hollis Carroll earned her award by volunteering a significant amount of her time at Timbers of Shorewood, an assisted living community for seniors, as well as organizing volunteer time and opportunities for our school’s National Honor Society.

In her application, Carroll wrote that “I amassed about 850 volunteer hours during my time there…. I helped out with anything and everything they wanted me to do.”

“The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John R. Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “In recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer service activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”