Iolani School 10th grader named state's top volunteer

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Iolani School tenth grader Brittany Amano has been selected as Hawaii's top high school youth volunteer in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, now in its 18th year. Amano will receive a $1,000 award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of national recognition events from May 4 to 7, 2013.

Since elementary school, Amano has been an active volunteer deeply committed to community service. She began by volunteering at Leahi Hospital at the age of 10. When she was a seventh grader at Washington Intermediate School, she was named Hawaii's top middle school youth volunteer in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program and then started her own non-profit "Hawaii's Future Isn't Hungry" which is dedicated to supporting programs that aim to end hunger.

At Iolani, she is active with the Key Club and other community service clubs. She is also on the YWCA's Young Women's Network Board which aims to recruit young women voters. She also interned with the Hawaii Senate. Amano hopes to someday pursue a career in public service or medicine.

Amano has now qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award which recognizes people of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their county.

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