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Orlando Senior Selected As Top 10 Youth Volunteer

Shardy Camargo, a senior from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, was chosen as one of America’s top 10 youth volunteers for 2009 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She led a group of 40 high school students in writing and publishing a book about homeless people after experiencing homelessness herself a few years earlier.

As her school’s Beta Club vice president, Shardy encouraged fellow club members to help write a book to raise awareness of homelessness. She and fellow students went to the homeless shelter to interview 30 adults, and then attended two workshops with University of Florida professors to begin the writing process. Afterward, Shardy spent several months editing the students’ chapters, and the book, “Everyone Has a Story to Tell,” which was published in 2007.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards was created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). It is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Over the past 13 years, the program has honored more than 80,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level.