More than 150 students at Palo Alto High School will be recognized for their service to the community in a presentation Friday (Dec. 9) of the President's Award for Volunteer Service.
The nationally recognized award honors students who perform 100 or more hours of community service in 12 consecutive months. The students' service was in the areas of humanitarian work, health and safety, animals and environment, education, seniors and disabled, food and shelter, civic engagement, homes and construction, sports and more.
Forty-eight of the 158 honorees completed 250 hours or more of community service in the year, earning them "gold" awards. Sixteen students earned "silver" awards, representing 175 to 249 hours of service. Nearly 100 earned "bronze" awards, representing 100 to 174 hours of service in a year.
The combined service of the 158 Paly students amounted to 33,624 hours.
The awards will be presented by Paly's College and Career Center in a ceremony to be held Friday at 11:35 a.m. in the school's Haymarket Theater.
Earning gold awards, for 250 hours or more of service (100 hours or more for 14-year-olds) are freshmen Carmelle Bareket-Shavit, Kallee Bareket-Shavit, Elle Billman, Kristin Carey, Sydney Franz, Jamie Garcia, Christopher Hinstorff, Ethan Jorasch, Coby Parker and Eric Whitson.
Sophomores earning gold awards are Tal Almogy, Joyce Chang, Tessera Chin, Winston C. Ge, Bella Graves, Sean Keegan, Hollis Kool, Kavya Ramakrishnan, Emily Semba, Phoebe So, Heather Strathearn, Jasper Tom, Derek Young, Jonathan Ziegler, and Alvina Zou.
Juniors earning gold awards are Shaheen Essabhoy, Francis Ge, Alvin Kiho Kim, Jennifer Lai, Eric Lee, Megan Lewis, Kelly Stern and Edward Yeung.
Seniors earning gold awards are Tomer Arnon, Alexander (Al) Brooks, Matthew Bungarden, Skyler Dorosin, Heather Gaya, Eve Higgins, Tremaine Kirkman, Gabriel Landa, Morris Mouton (Gates-Mouton), Elizabeth Silva, Zorawar Singh, Skyler Tom, Victoria Tse, Annalise Wedemeyer and Amy Chang (Gunn).
Sophomores earning the silver award are Caroline Johnson, Ethan Look and Christopher Maystead.
Juniors earning the silver award are Yusra Beig, Sara Billman, Xiaoxuan (Christina) Chen, Grace Fang, Elle Fukui, Nikhil Junnarkar, Benjamin May, Juliana Moraes-Liu and Amber Ugarte.
Seniors earning the silver are Mira Ahmad, Shoshana Bortner, Zarek Siegel, Sierra Mieko Temple, Kevin Wang and Kyle Wycoff.
Sophomores earning the bronze award are Talia Brown, Heather Collins, Lena Cuevas, Christian Freyre, Theodore Hu, Victoria Kyone, Julianne Le, Sarah Limb, Samuel Mignot, Kate Musen, Abigail Schmit, Ziv Schwartz, Mehr Sikri, Daniel Sonner, Alyssa (Yumi) Temple and Emma Wolfe.
Juniors earning the bronze award are Kate Apostolou, Charlotte Barry, Micayla Brewster, Christine Chang, Dahae Choi, Quitterie Collignon, Nicholas Farn, James Foug, Staci Fung, Wilbur J. Ji, Nina Kelty, Miles Kool, Samuel Y.W. Lee, Chaejin Lee, Robert Lee, Raymond Li, Caroline Martignetti, Nadya Nee, Weston Preising, David Raftrey, Rohit Ramkumar, Juliana Ronn, Mathias Schmutz, Grant Shorin, Tran Situ, Peter Skorokhodov, Lucas Smeets, Benjamin Wexler, Elizabeth Yan and Jeffrey Yan.
Seniors earning the bronze award are Syed Amaan Abidi, Anjali Ahuja, Michael Augustine, Lindsay Black, Elise Bruguera, Shelby Burk, Tor Carlson, Clara Chang, Samantha Chang, Madeline Dahm, Natalie Demarzo, Lou Paulette Din, Gregory Dunn, Naomi Epstein, Brian Gill, Samuel Hain, Emily Howard, Kirah Ingram, Honora Ip, Hannah Kim, Sonya Kohli, Justin Krasner-Karpen, Allyssa Kron, Peter Lai, Kevin Lee, Matthew Lee, Toby Lee, Linda Li, Grace Liao, Zeyu (Andrew) Liu, Zezhou (Alex) Liu, William Lichtenger, Jeffrey Lu, Jessica May, Paige Morkner, Nicholas Moss, Tin Nguyen, Justin Robinson, Kyle Samos, Ariana Sanchez, Katya Stukalova, Emily Swanson, Hidetaka Tajima, Uma Veerappan, Ryan Vertelney, Justin Wang, Lauren Wong, Livia Wyss, Amitai Zand and Charles Zhang.