Truckee student Gilmore to be honored |

Truckee student Gilmore to be honored

TRUCKEE ” Truckee High School junior Tracey Gilmore will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2009 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which honors outstanding youth volunteers.

The Presentation will take place Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. during an “Evening of Excellence” event in the gymnasium at Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road.

Tracey is being honored for providing more than 25 backpacks filled with daily living essentials and school supplies each month to children in foster care and homeless shelters. With grant money and donations, Tracey shops for backpacks and supplies, assembles her “LovePacks,” and delivers them to local police, child protective services agencies and a women’s shelter to distribute to children in need.

All middle level and high schools in the U.S., 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 two State Honorees in each state and the District of Columbia, plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

The awards program, sponsored in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is part of a broad initiative created by Prudential Financial to encourage young people to become involved in community service. Other elements of the initiative include a community leadership training program for high school students, and a variety of educational materials for young people and teachers relating to youth volunteerism.

For more information on this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit or

In existence since 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association’s mission is to promote excellence in school leadership. The National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils are all programs of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. For more information, visit or call (703)860-0200.

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