Higdon selected by Prudential Spirit of Community Board to be recognized for volunteerism
Photo and Story by Patty Peacock
Giving of personal time is one of the most valuable gifts that someone can share and Dupree High School has a student, Hannah Rose Higdon, that has literally donated hundreds of hours to young girls in the area through her assistance with the Dupree School PreK-2nd and 3rd-6th Dream Team Cheerleading Squads and has been selected by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards board to be recognized for her efforts.
Over the past few years, she has worked with adults (Kayla Farlee, Sheri Higdon, and Ashley Frederick) that have set up and lead the program, and they provide a wonderful outlet for young girls at Dupree School. Presently, she is the only high school student that works with them and attends and dances/cheers in their programs with them. She is an exceptional role model in her outstanding personality, superb grades, and friendly style and the young girls truly adore her and look up to her.
Due to her involvement and other characteristics, DHS School Counselor Mrs. Peacock assisted her with the Prudential Spirit of Community application process and was thrilled when Higdon was chosen as one of the top four in the state. Two young men, Daniel Schmidtman of Sioux Falls and Bridger Gordon of Whitewood, were selected for the top honors and will each win $1000, silver medallions, and free trips to Washington, DC. Hannah Rose Higdon, of Dupree, and Sierra Lutz, of Java, were selected for the next honors which are Distinguished Finalists and will be presented with bronze medallions by representatives from Prudential Financial, Inc.
The top two honorees that go to DC will have a chance to compete for one of ten spots that each win an additional $5000, gold medallions, crystal trophies, and $5000 grants for the nonprofit groups/charities they volunteer with.
Building on this honor, Higdon was also sent a certificate and official letter from the White House because her amount of volunteer hours qualified her for one of President Barack Obama’s President’s Volunteer Service Awards!
Since 1995, the Prudential Spirit of Community program, which is also held in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, and India, has honored over 100,000 young people in grades 5-12.