Michigan House recognizes Belmont youth volunteer

SPIRIT AWARD—State Rep. Tom Pearce, right, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson.  Courtney has been named one of Michigan’s two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

SPIRIT AWARD—State Rep. Tom Pearce, right, welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson. Courtney has been named one of Michigan’s two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Pearce invites ‘Spirit’ recipient Courtney Fedeson to Lansing

State Rep. Tom Pearce welcomed to the Michigan Capitol today Courtney Fedeson of Belmont, one of two top youth volunteers to receive the 14th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

Fedeson, a 12-year-old seventh grader at North Rockford Middle School, was recognized during today’s Legislative session by the full House chamber for her accomplishment and was presented a House of Representatives’ resolution of congratulations.

“I congratulate Courtney on her accomplishment and for becoming a role model for other youths who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “I was especially impressed with her maturity and graciousness during our visit to make sure it was understood her Girl Scout troop and other volunteers deserve recognition too. This is a tremendous example of how our entire community embra-
ces volunteerism.”

Fedeson helped lead her Girl Scout troop to beautify the front entrance of her school. The project included designing, raising funds and installing new landscaping, concrete sidewalks and a brick sculpture base.

Fedeson and her parents Brian and Jodi Fedeson also had lunch with Pearce while
in Lansing.

As a state honoree, Fedeson received $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and she will travel to Washington D.C. in May for national recognition events with all other states’ honorees and the naming of America’s top youth volunteers for 2009.

      The program was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to emphasize the importance of service to others and contributing to communities.

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