SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. -- Manya Trehan recently received a great honor when she was chosen as Union Catholic's Prudential Spirit of Community Award recipient, which recognizes students who make meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

For being selected, Trehan, a senior from Scotch Plains, will receive a Certificate of Achievement and she advances to the state level judging where she will have a chance of being named New Jersey's award winner, which will be announced in February. All the state honorees will then advance to the national level.

Trehan, who founded the Girls Who Code Club at UC, instructed several Coding Classes over the summer at the Scotch Plains Library, has volunteered for the communications department of the American Red Cross, and is part of an organization called #BUILTBYGIRLS, a program that exposes students to the possibilities for a career in tech by connecting with the industry's best professionals.

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Trehan was honored to be chosen as Union Catholic's 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community award recipient.

"I was so happy when I found out that I won this award,'' said Trehan, who was a captain on the UC tennis team this past season, has severed as an Emerging Leader, and is also member of the National Honor Society.  "It's nice to be recognized for something I love doing.'

To be considered for the Prudential Spirit of Community award,  Trehan had to write essays about her volunteer activities.

"I mainly did mine on the coding classes that I did at the library, which were for both adults and middle school students,'' said Trehan.

What made Trehan decide to instruct coding classes? 

"After I started the Girls Who Code Club here at Union Catholic, I wanted to do something to reach more people in the community, so I reached out to the library about doing the coding classes,'' said Trehan.       

The Prudential Spirit award is one of many honors Trehan has collected during her years at Union Catholic.

Over the past year, Trehan was also selected for the 2018-2019 class of the Governor's STEM Scholars by the Research & Development Council of New Jersey, and was chosen as a 2018 New Jersey Affiliate Honorable Mention award winner by the New Jersey Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.