Golden Dragon nominations are being accepted

The Golden Dragon Award Committee of Warren Areas High School has announced its annual campaign to solicit student candidates for the community service award, the Golden Dragon. The awards are presented to high school students who are volunteering their time and talents in service to the community, above and beyond what is normally expected. Many young people are serving the community as volunteers in various capacities and in positive ways. Their efforts deserve recognition and award.

Nominations for the award may be submitted from area organizations, churches and local agencies that have benefitted from the service. Each organization sets its own criteria as to what it feels is exemplary service, however, it is required that a minimum of 30 hours of service, performed during their high school career, be given by the student before a nomination is made. The committee requests the service be an ongoing commitment and not something that was done only once or twice. A student may receive the award at any time grade nine through 12. A student may receive the award only once by nomination of the same organization. The Golden Dragon Award Committee reviews the nominations and approves the awardees.

Some recent recipients of the award have done such volunteer work as participating in volunteer fire departments, teaching children in religious education classes, serving at Warren General Hospital, Warren Public Library and Warren County YMCA, and helping agencies like American Cancer Society and Warren County Humane Society.

Recipients of the Golden Dragon will be honored at an Awards Reception at Warren Area High School on May 14.

Organizations wishing to nominate a deserving student for voluntary, ongoing work done for them or their organization may do so by filling out an application form available at the Warren Area High School or First United Methodist Church office.

This year’s nominations must be returned to First UM Church, c/o Golden Dragon Committee, 200 Market Street, by April 15. Anyone with questions may contact Heidi Ketzko through First Church at 723-4930.