Concord, Calif. (October 14, 2016)
In September, Carondelet High School's Jefferson Awards Students in Action team once again received the Gold Medal Award for service leadership. This past spring, the students presented their accomplishments from the 2015-2016 school year to a panel of Jefferson Awards Foundation representatives, and were given this award to honor their extraordinary commitment to serving their community. By winning this award, Carondelet was given a new banner and a small monetary prize to help fund the team's future service projects.
Carondelet has been an award-winning Jefferson Awards Students in Action (JA-SIA) high school since the program's inception, and has been recognized in Washington D.C. as one of the top service schools in the nation. When speaking about the value of the experience, senior Olivia Conte explained, "JA-SIA has shown me how I can make a positive impact on other people's lives and help my fellow sisters do the same thing."
The Jefferson Awards Foundation was started in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft and Sam Beard to acknowledge those in our community who perform extraordinary acts of kindness and service. The Jefferson Awards essentially became Kennedy Onassis' version of the Nobel Prize for community service.
Ten years ago, the Jefferson Awards organizers recognized the incredible acts of service that many of our high school students were performing across the nation. As a result, they created Jefferson Awards Students in Action to acknowledge this service and to help the students inspire other teens around them to engage in service.
Students in Action service clubs are now present in high schools throughout the nation. According to the foundation's website, "Students in Action drives teenagers to become leaders in their schools and communities by helping them discover the issues they care about and providing tools for maximum impact."
The achievements of Carondelet's JA-SIA club speak to the school's widespread commitment to service. These bright young women are truly living out the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph to serve the dear neighbor without distinction.