Annie Bachmeier, senior at Rugby High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President's Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
President's Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
Bachmeier volunteers because it is fun. "It's really fun to give back to the community," she said. "It feels right to give back to a community that has done so much for me."
Bachmeier's volunteer experience includes helping at food drives in Rugby, Minot and Fargo, working at the Lyric Theater and Haaland Estates, selling concessions during games, painting faces at Geo Day and more. As a member of the National Honor Society, Bachmeier is required at least 12 volunteer service hours per year. However, she has completed over 100 hours this year.
"[Volunteering] is about taking advantage of the opportunities that you have and doing the best you can. There are lots of opportunities for volunteering in this community," Bachmeier said.
According to Bachmeier, her favorite volunteer experience is when she helped with a food drive at the North Dakota Governor's School in Fargo. Eighty-two students, along with Bachmeier, dropped collection bags at homes in the area. A few days later, the students went back to retrieve the items.
"It was cool to see how much we can actually make a difference just by hanging bags on doors," Bachmeier said. "It was something so simple but really fun to do, and you feel good about it."
Bachmeier plans on attending Minot State University in the fall, where she will continue to volunteer in any way that she can. "I'll find a way to get involved and start volunteering there, too," she said. "Volunteering allows you to meet new people, and to find a new face and a new presence, and I find it enjoyable."
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.