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Students named Prudential Spirit of Community Distinguished Finalists

spirit Two Socastee High School seniors were named Distinguished Finalists for the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for South Carolina. This annual recognition program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. Both students were presented bronze medals for helping their communities during Hurricane Florence and the historic flooding that followed.

Ward Wilson helped his community prepare for hurricane flooding by helping homeowners move furniture and irreplaceable belongings, as well as filling and delivering many thousands of sandbags. He helped recruit several hundred volunteers, including 200 of his high school classmates, for this three-day operation through word of mouth and social media.

Awards Iliriana Lekani played a key role in evacuating and relocating people and animals, filling and delivering many thousands of sandbags and packing 1,000 lunches in preparation for Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. She spread education about hurricane preparedness and recruited volunteers through social media campaigns and by talking to local news outlets about her cause.

 

(Alex Stanek of Prudential Financial (pictured right) presented bronze medals to Socastee High School students Ward Wilson (second from left) and Iliriana Lekani (second from right) for being named Distinguished Finalists in the 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in South Carolina. Both Wilson and Lekani were recognized for their work to help their community during Hurricane Florence and the historic flooding that followed the storm. Socastee High School Principal Jeremy Rich (pictured left), joins Stanek in congratulating both students)