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Local students honored by state of Michigan for volunteering

LANSING — The Michigan Governor Youth Award program issued 424 awards honoring Michigan students completing between 50 and 400 hours of volunteerism during their high school tenure.

The Michigan Governor Youth Award program is run through a youth social responsibility platform to help students, groups and schools highlight community service impact, passion for causes, skill development and connect local effort to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Award winners included:

— 31 recipients for Youth Changemaker (400-plus hours of service) from 15 different schools;

— 52 recipients for Youth Spirit of Hope (200-plus hours of service) from 20 different schools;

— 341 recipients for Michigan Community Impact Awards (50 hours of service, past academic year) from 48 different schools.

Student winners will receive medals and signed certificates for their volunteerism efforts.

The Youth Changemaker and Youth Spirit of Hope student award winners from the local area include:

Crystal Falls — Timothy Bendick, Youth Changemaker;

Iron Mountain — Danika Juul, Youth Changemaker; David Juul, Youth Changemaker; Isabella Rosenthal, Youth Spirit of Hope; Jaden McLain, Youth Spirit of Hope; Emma Golfis, Youth Changemaker;

Kingsford — Madison Beck, Youth Spirit of Hope; Emma Bilgreen, Youth Spirit of Hope; Brooke Bittinger, Youth Spirit of Hope; Samantha Doran, Youth Changemaker; Aliyah Garvaglia, Youth Changemaker; Zoie Geronimi, Youth Changemaker; Natalie Joski, Youth Spirit of Hope; Trestan Larson, Youth Spirit of Hope; Allison LaVarnway, Youth Spirit of Hope; Cassandra McMahon, Youth Spirit of Hope; Magdalaina Menghini, Youth Spirit of Hope; Paige Olsen, Youth Changemaker; Benjamin Pickett; Kylie Plemel, Youth Spirit of Hope; Kelsey Quick, Youth Spirit of Hope; Reihannen Reed, Youth Spirit of Hope; Ella Spreen, Youth Spirit of Hope; Abby Terrian, Youth Spirit of Hope; Talia Wallis, Youth Spirit of Hope.

Norway — Mackenzie Gilroy, Youth Changemaker.

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