Presidential service award goes to Batavia-Great Oaks students

Pictured from left to right – Collin Sammons, Jake Kovacs, Dylan Young and Zach Newcomb, all seniors.

Five members of the Batavia High School chapter of Business Professionals of America (BPA) have received the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Medal. Seniors Jake Kovacs, Collin Sammons, Zach Newcomb and Dylan Young displayed their medals and stoles during their graduation ceremony. Junior, Brett Moles will have to wait a year. Actually, Brett is hoping to earn another next year.

Pictured from left to right – Collin Sammons, Jake Kovacs, Dylan Young and Zach Newcomb, all seniors.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a national award from the White House. The President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard and measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime. Each of the students receiving the award completed over 100 hours of service between March 2016 and February 2017.

Batavia Local Schools Board of Education President Michael Enriquez presented the award to the students on Thursday, May 11th. He said, “These young men documented over 100 hours of community service during their senior year. This accomplishment sets them apart from their peers and we hope their example encourages others to take action.”

Nationally, only thirty-one BPA students earned the award; and in Ohio only nine were recognized. Chapter advisor Angie Kovacs said, “This is an exceptional group of young men. To volunteer over 100 hours while going to school, playing sports and working is amazing. I do not say this lightly; it has been a privilege to have each of them in my class.”

The students are enrolled in the Legal Management program at Batavia High School, a satellite program offered through the Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development.