February 11, 2013

Todd Marshall
Director of Communications,
Marketing and Development
903.794.3651 ext. 1013

Kelly Burnett, THS Senior, Selected as Distinguished Finalist for Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Texarkana, TX – Kelly Burnett, a senior at Texas High School, was selected as The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Distinguished Finalist for 2013. Nine additional students in the state were honored with this award along with two State Honorees. More than 28,000 students across the country were considered for state-level recognition.

The Prudential Spirit of Community awards, created in 1995 by Prudential Financial in partnership with National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), are designed to emphasize the importance our nation places on service to others, and to encourage all young Americans to contribute to their communities.

Kelly, daughter of Dr. & Mrs. Robert Burnett, founded the “Young Philanthropists’ Club” in 2008 as a way to give back after three years of treatment and recovery from a rare illness. She has involved 25 of her friends in her mission, has helped to raise more than $5,000 through chores and jobs and has donated the funds to a variety of local and international causes.

According to Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld, “Prudential is proud to honor these students for making meaningful contributions to their communities. We hope that shining a spotlight on their initiative, creativity and compassion inspires others to consider how they, too, can make a difference.”

“Through their volunteer service, each of these young people has made his or her mark on at least one person, school or community,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “When you consider the collective impact of each of these individual acts, it’s clear that young people can be a major force for good.”

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