Bishop Ireton senior receives award for volunteer service

Isabel Anderson, a senior at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award.

The award was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program that is sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals on behalf of President Barack Obama. The program recognizes middle and high school students for outstanding volunteer service.

Anderson was recognized for starting the school's Charity Through Medicine club that arranges for students to visit and hold events for sick children at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. She also has traveled to Ghana and Costa Rica to do volunteer medical work. Anderson plans to study public health in college in order to work on issues such as sanitation and health precautions in developing nations.

"Isabel truly represents the very best at Bishop Ireton," said Principal Denise Tobin. "Her commitment to helping those in need is exemplary and an inspiration for other students."

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