Local student receives award for volunteer services

Tiffani Alexander of Covington, a member of the Rockdale County 4-H organization and a home schooled eighth-grader, recently was selected as one of Georgia's top two youth volunteers for 2011 in The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

She is being honored for creating and presiding over a bug club for children at a child abuse prevention center.

Alexander also will receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will join more than 100 other top honorees from across the country for several days of national recognition events.

Ten of them will be named America's top youth volunteers for 2011 at that time.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represent the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

All middle level and high schools in the United States, along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November.

More than 5,000 local honorees were then reviewed by state-level judges, who selected state honorees -- one middle and one high school youth -- plus a select number of distinguished finalists from each state and the District of Columbia, based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.