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West High School student honored for volunteer service

By Victoria Advocate
March 10, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 9, 2012 at 9:10 p.m.

Harrison Garrett

A Victoria West High School student was honored with a presidential award for his volunteer service.

Harrison Garrett, 18, of Victoria, was awarded a President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. The award was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Harrison participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of West High School.

Harrison earned this award volunteering his time through his church affiliation and the clubs and organizations he belongs to. With his church youth group, he has attended mission trips working to make improvements in housing projects, painting houses for the elderly and has served as a counselor for Camp Campers - a part of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.

He is involved in the Keep Victoria Beautiful campaign and has been active in the local Relay for Life. Through Boy Scouts, his Eagle Scout Project dealt with making improvements to the Athey Nature Trail at Riverside Park. He is currently working at Vickers Elementary tutoring fourth-graders in reading.

Harrison's reasons for volunteering are simple: He volunteers because "he can." The idea of sitting around doing nothing holds no appeal for Harrison, so he keeps busy helping others. He sees this as "contributing to the lives of others."

Program applications were distributed last September through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, and affiliates of HandsOn Network. After local honorees were named, state-level judges selected state honorees, distinguished finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients.

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