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Rep. Bridenstine: I'm Proud to Recognize Oklahoma Recipients of Prudential Spirit of Community Award

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Washington, September 8, 2015 | comments
Rep. Jim Bridenstine is proud to recognize Oklahoma recipients of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award: Alexandria (Lexie) Lerblance of McAlester and Malayna Stober of Oklahoma City. For more information please visit

Rep. Bridenstine received this letter from Prudential CEO John Strangfeld and NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti on September 8th, 2015:

Dear Representative Bridenstine:

You may recall that two students from your state, Alexandria (Lexie) Lerblance of McAlester and Malayna Stober of Oklahoma City, were honored in Washington, D.C., last May for their outstanding community service by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. This week we are beginning the search for more top youth volunteers in Oklahoma as we kick off the 21st year of our awards program.


As in past years, we will be soliciting applications from young Oklahoma residents in grades 5-12 through middle level and high schools, as well as through Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network. Oklahoma's top middle level and high school youth volunteers for 2016 will be announced February 9 and brought to Washington next May for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia.


Here is an informational flyer and a copy of the news release announcing the kickoff of the 2016 program in your state. Further information is also available at and If your office has any way of helping us spread the word in your district about this opportunity for young volunteers to be thanked and recognized for their wonderful work - through your constituent newsletter, website, social media, or any other means - we would greatly appreciate your assistance. We will notify you in February if any youth in your district receive state-level honors.


The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the nation's largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service, has honored more than 115,000 youth volunteers over the past 20 years at the local, state and national level. We thank you for your support and look forward to recognizing more outstanding young Oklahoma students in the coming year.



John Strangfeld
Chairman and CEO
Prudential Financial

JoAnn Bartoletti
Executive Director
National Association of Secondary School Principals

About the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, created in 1995 by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), are designed to emphasize the importance our nation places on service to others, and to encourage all young Americans to contribute to their communities.

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