Sarah Deitz (left) receives her President’s Volunteer Service Award from Michael Brandt, Lutheran’s head of school.
Ben Lewe (below, from left), Toria Turner and Sarah Deitz were also honored for their volunteer work.
The award, which recognizes those who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities, was granted by the The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Deitz, daughter of Ed and Stephanie Dietz, volunteers with SonRise camp in Anderson, which is under the direction of Lutheran Disabilities Ministry. The camp offers an opportunity for her and others to share fun, faith formation, and fellowship with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“SonRise is always the most enjoyable time of my summer,” she said. I feel this experience not only lifts others up but also impacts me personally and allows me to grow in my faith. Giving gifts of time or service makes people happy, and that makes me happy.”
Michael Brandt, Lutheran’s head of school, said Sarah is a great young lady who spends a lot of her time volunteering. “I know she plans to continue her work at SonRise. She is committed to making a difference in the lives of others while maintaining an above-4.0 GPA. This is a great example of a student who is engaged in our school mission to prepare for a Christian life while achieving academic excellence.”
John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, stated, “The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities.”
Those receiving certificates were senior Toria Turner, daughter of Edward and Karen Turner of New Palestine, and junior Ben Lewer, son of Steven and Beth Lewer.