Basking Ridge Teen Volunteer Efforts Extend Beyond Local to Global

Ridge High School (RHS) Senior Deirdre McMahon Credits: NS

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Ridge High School (RHS) senior Deirdre McMahon is no stranger to service. She has earned the RHS Bronze Service Award twice, which requires completion of over 100 hours of community service within one year. Deirdre’s devotion to service extends from her heartfelt ties through her faith and her family. Her commitment to helping veterans stems from sacrifices made by her grandfathers, uncle and godfather. 

Deirdre and two classmates created the USA Pride Club at RHS to provide support for veterans. They establish outreach through the local VFW, Operation Shoebox and the Travis Manion Foundation. The Pride Club organized a Memorial Run to honor 9/11 heroes in 2016. Among the participants was a firefighter and responder to the September 11 attack. He ran the Basking Ridge event wearing all 60 pounds of his equipment and carrying the American Flag.

Deirdre is an active member of her parish and the Key Club at school. She has held leadership roles in the annual Antioch retreats and mission trips. Deirdre feels compelled to give back to the community that has raised her and offered her so many blessings and opportunities. Deirdre was one of the initial members of the NJ mother/daughter chapter of Room to Read formed in 2011.

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Her involvement in local and global efforts has summoned invitations to speak on several occasions. She is not shy when it comes to public speaking: “If I have an opinion about something I am passionate about, it just comes out and I am not afraid to share it.” – Deirdre McMahon

Deirdre emphasizes the abundance of avenues to get involved with a cause: “There are so many different things for different people, there is always an opportunity.”

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