Belleville High School Students Receive President's
Volunteer Service Award
Belleville, NJ- Victoria Bruno and Beatriz Mariscal, Seniors of Belleville High School, have been honored for their exemplary volunteer service with President's Volunteer Service Awards.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. Belleville High School nominated Victoria Bruno and Beatriz Mariscal for national honors this fall in recognition of their volunteer service.
Principal of Belleville High School Mr. Pagano said, “As always, I am very proud of my students. They continue to amaze me.”
Victoria said, “I am extremely humbled and blessed to receive this award and I would like to thank Ms. Leonard for recommending me. When I was a child and my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, I noticed the goodness in the world with the help I received. Since then, my passion to volunteer has blossomed and it has changed my life for the better. I believe we have the power to make a change and I hope to reach that change one day. A unique award like this is special not only for me, but for many students to use as an inspiration to continue to serve our beautiful community.”
Victoria has been president of her class for all four years of high school, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has a grade point average above a 4.0. Victoria is a member of Essex County 4-H and has been an active volunteer for years.
Victoria has a hand in maintaining multiple “urban gardens” throughout Newark and Belleville and at a small farm in Montclair. She was selected to represent Essex County as a delegate for a week-long leadership conference in Washington, DC this past summer.
Victoria is a leader in several clubs and organizations at Belleville High School. She is the chairperson of the Student Principal Advisory Committee, captain of the girls’ volleyball team, manager of the girls’ basketball team, a student ambassador, a member of the Chamber Orchestra, and plays softball. She is found volunteering at every town-wide event in addition to those at the high school. Additionally, she has taught elementary school after-care students different science experiments. She is a natural born leader and serves her community in a myriad of fashions.
Beatriz has volunteered at church for Sunday school. She is a member of the Belleville High School National Honor Society. She has volunteered for Belleville’s recreational program, nonprofit organizations, and for the community.
Beatriz said, “I enjoy volunteering because my parents have always told me the importance of giving back to my community as well as others outside of it. I decided to start my volunteer work because I wanted to show my parents how much I care for those in the community around me. In time, I have turned it more into something that makes me feel good because I know that those around me are getting something in return that will help them and give them joy. Volunteering has given me the chance to increase my self-confidence and give back to those around me which is highly important to my family.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
"The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."
"Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said
NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.