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Webb Students Earn National Recognition for Exemplary Volunteer Service


August 12, 2019 By Webb Alumni Office

Our nation’s strength comes from our people. America has always been at its best when citizens together joined in common purpose. We help focus this energy on local challenges to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes those individuals for making a difference.

So began Webb Upper School Service Learning Coordinator Hemal Tailor’s presentation during a May Upper School Chapel when she recognized the latest recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is given annually in recognition of sustained volunteer service. It celebrates the importance of volunteers to America’s strength and national identity, and honors the deeply invested volunteers whose service is multiplied through the inspiration they give others. The PVSA is presented to individuals, families and groups that have achieved a substantial amount of volunteer hours served over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

The awards are offered in multiple levels, including bronze, silver, gold, and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service.

The following Webb School students are the latest Gold Medal recipients of this year’s national PVSA in recognition of their exemplary commitment to community service. The Gold Medal is presented to teens, ages 11-15, who have performed 100 hours or more of service over a 12-month period, and to young adults, ages 16-25, who have volunteered 250 or more service hours during the past 12 months.

  • Maddie Bell ’22
  • Zach DiBiase ’20
  • Charlotte Fuchs ’21
  • Crawford Hovis ’21
  • Aliya Jatoi ’22
  • Harrison McCollum ’21
  • Michael Nichols ’20
  • Caroline Ross ’19
  • Parth Tailor ’19 (two-time PVSA recipient)
  • Maggie Tipton ’21

Together, these students have volunteered 2,000-plus hours of community service at myriad organizations, including Pond Gap Elementary School, Wesley House Community Center, Knoxville Youth Sports, Beardsley Community Farm, Second Harvest Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, Webb summer camp, and school-related service activities and events.

Community service is an integral part of the Webb School of Knoxville experience and its mission of preparing students to serve as leaders of character in tomorrow’s world. Webb School’s service program combines the principles of experiential learning with a broadening of students’ understanding and appreciation of others while making a positive difference in the community and in the world.