BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Meyer Gershater, a senior in the Academy for Health & Medical Sciences at Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, has been honored of this 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 granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.  Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School nominated Meyer for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

As part of Meyer’s President’s Volunteer Service Award application, he spoke of the work he has conducted with the Somerville Red Cross Youth Council.  Last year, Meyer served as the club’s Secretary and is currently the President.  As part of the Somerville Red Cross Youth Council, Meyer has helped run fundraisers, blood drives, and fire  canvassing campaigns.

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The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

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

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti.  “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients.  Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School is a fully accredited, four year high school located on an eighty acre campus at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  Serving all of Somerset County, SCVTHS accepts students on a full or shared-time basis for challenging programs that combine training in occupational and academic skills. Along with the Career and Technical Education offerings, students are provided with the opportunity to take a variety of rigorous college preparatory academic courses.  SCVTHS has been providing quality education and technical skills training to Somerset County for over fifty years. 

For more information, contact James Strickhart at jstrickhart@scvts.net or 908-526-8900, ext. 7169.