contributed by Angie Kovacs
Four members of the Batavia High School/Great Oaks chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA)
were recently awarded the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Medal. Seniors Morgan Cravens, Nathan DeFrank, Issac Hattar and Koren Moore-Runck displayed their medals and stoles during their May 20th graduation ceremony.
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a prestigious national award presented by the White House and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. It was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.
Batavia Local Schools Board of Education President Michael Enriquez presented the award to the students on Thursday, May 13th. During the ceremony he said, “These young men and women have documented over 100 hours of community service during their junior year. This accomplishment sets them apart from their peers and we hope their example encourages others to take action.”
The students also received commendations and recognition from state representative Adam Byrd and U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup.
Chapter advisor Angie Kovacs said, “This is an exceptional group of young men and women. To volunteer over 100 hours while going to school, playing sports, working part-time and completing and internship is amazing.”
The students are enrolled in the Business Management program at Batavia High School, a satellite program offered in partnership with Great Oaks Career Campuses.