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Reed High School Student Honored for Volunteer Service by National Program

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RENO, Nev., Feb. 20 -- Washoe County School District issued the following news release:

Alyssa Inskip, 16, a student at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a national program that honors youth volunteers nationwide for outstanding volunteer service. The program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), grants Certificates of Excellence to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.

Alyssa dedicated more than 300 volunteer hours as a member of the Reed High School Leadership Team and as Miss Washoe County's Outstanding Teen (WCOT) 2013 of the Miss America Organization, supporting local organizations such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Special Olympics, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Research, SPCA, Project Solution (homeless youth), Family Homeless Shelter, Volunteers of America, Children's Miracle Network, Rotary, Crisis Call Center, Notables, Boys and Girls Club, Josh Morrows, among many other local events and activities. Working with her Leadership Team and serving as Miss WCOT, Inskip created and chaired the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Committee at Reed, leading month-long activities in October encouraging kindness and promoting bullying awareness and prevention. RAK Month involved a kindness calendar of daily challenges and Hearts Anonymous, where a kind message was hand-written on a heart cut-out and placed on every single locker at Reed High. RAK month involved an entire high school of more than 2,000 students and will continue in the future as a new activity of Leadership.

"I know I am a representative of my high school, of my county, and of my community and I recognize I can be a role model," said Inskip. "My hope is to inspire others to get involved, and to know we can all make a difference."

"Alyssa is an active member of Reed High School's leadership class and an integral part of its commitment to raise awareness regarding issues that touch the lives of high school students," said Reed High School Principal Mary Vesco. "The Random Acts of Kindness Committee promotes our school's goals of Responsible, Respectful, and Successful. Alyssa Inskip lives these goals in all aspects of her life. Alyssa is a serious student who cares deeply about the world around her. Alyssa has extended herself into the school and the larger community more than any other student I have worked with during my career. Alyssa Inskip is a five-star student and Reed High School is very fortunate to call her a Raider."

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

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"We applaud each of these young people for their exemplary volunteer service," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. "They use their time and talents to make a meaningful difference in their communities, and we hope their example inspires others to do the same."

"By going above and beyond in their volunteer service, these students have brought positive change to communities across the country," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. "Congratulations to each and every one of them on this well-deserved honor."

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Reed High School serves 2,030 students in grades 9 through 12, and is the third largest high school in the Washoe County School District -- a district as large as the state of Delaware.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 36 countries around the world. The association connects and engages school leaders through advocacy, research, education, and student programs. NASSP advocates on behalf of all school leaders to ensure the success of each student and strengthens school leadership practices through the design and delivery of high quality professional learning experiences. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), a financial services leader, has operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Prudential's diverse and talented employees are committed to helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth through a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds and investment management. In the U.S., Prudential's iconic Rock symbol has stood for strength, stability, expertise and innovation for more than a century. For more information, please visit www.news.prudential.com.

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For more information, contact Reed High School Principal Mary Vesco at (775) 353-5700 or mvesco@washoeschools.net. At Prudential, contact Harold Banks, (973) 802-8974 or harold.banks@prudential.com.

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