CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham High junior Kate Ryan has been named the recipient of the United Nations Global Goals Honor Award for her 40 hours of service.

“I was so honored to receive this award," Ryan said. "I love helping our community, especially as a Key Club member and leader of Play Unified. Through Play Unified, I have been given the wonderful opportunity to promote inclusivity by bringing together Chatham High School and the students from the ECLC.

"Although my volunteering experiences may look different this year regarding COVID-19, I am looking forward to coming up with ways to connect with our community safely.”

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Ryan is one of 20 Chatham High School students recognized by the United Nations Association with National Community Service Awards. 

The 19 CHS students recognized with Merit Awards are: Jack Casano-Boris, Gregory Himstreet, Suhaib Iqbal, Brenda Jaroker, Talia Miller, Kaitlin Osucha, Zachary Osucha, Alyssa Paone, Ryan Teisch, Samantha Teisch, Owen Truppo, Ryleigh Van Vliet, Katherine Ziegler, Shannon Carey, Kelsey Clark, Matthew Krill, Miranda Salinger, Peter Wang, and Yiru Zhou.

“Kate is a mature and compassionate young lady," Mark Maka, her CHS counselor, said. "Her drive and determination are evident in everything she does and this award is a testament to the commitment she has in helping others.”

The UN Association noted that CHS students volunteered collectively in 135 different service activities, and accumulated 1,547 total service hours, which had an impact value of $45,621. 

“It is always an honor to recognize our students who complete service hours, as it is such a selfless act," CHS Principal Darren Groh said. "We are especially proud of our students who are being recognized by the UN Association, as they completed a minimum of 20 service hours last year.”