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St. Ursula Academy Chosen to Represent the Toledo Region at the National Jefferson Awards Ceremonies in Washington, D.C.
Posted 02/21/2013 12:10PM

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Toledo, OH - - Leadership Toledo (LT) Executive Director David Schlaudecker announced this morning at the Jefferson Awards Breakfast that St. Ursula Academy’s Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action initiative was selected by an esteemed panel of judges to represent the Toledo Region at the national Jefferson Awards ceremonies this June in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Schlaudecker explained that because of its well-respected youth programming, LT was selected in late 2008 by the national Jefferson Awards for Public Service to facilitate the localYouth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action (SIA) program.  The greater Toledo community encompasses one of the 14 national regions for SIA, which is designed to pass the tradition of service and volunteerism to the next generation of young Americans.  Participants in the Toledo Region now total 31 high schools, including Anthony Wayne, Bowsher, Cardinal Stritch, Central Catholic, Clay, Glass City Academy, Lake, Life Skills Center, Maumee, Maumee Valley Country Day, Northwood, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg, Rogers, St. Francis De Sales, St. John’s Jesuit, St. Ursula Academy, Scott, Springfield, Start, Sylvania’s Northview and Southview, Swanton, Toledo Christian, Toledo Early College, Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo Technology Academy, Waite, Whitmer, and Woodward - all offering students this prestigious national youth recognition and reward program.

The judging panel included Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak, Chip Carstensen of Block Communications, Mark Peddicord of The Blade, and Leadership Toledo Trustee Dan McQuillen.  Each of the 31 schools was invited to demonstrate within a five-seven minute video presentation how their year-long efforts had redefined the culture of their campus to one of service and how they met each of the Youth Jefferson Awards/Students In Action 7 Deliverables including:

Deliverable #1 - Engaging The School Community

Deliverable #2 - Establish an Effective Leadership Team

Deliverable #3 - Expand Volunteer Capacity

Deliverable #4 - Expand Financial Capacity of Volunteers

Deliverable #5 - Tells Stories in the Community

Deliverable #6 - Grow and Expand SIA

Deliverable #7 - Innovate

“The decision,” stated Mr. Schlaudecker, “was extremely difficult yet unanimous for our judges.  Their competition video demonstrated that ‘I Will Serve’ are not mere words for the 500 students who attend St. Ursula Academy.  Service to others is something they delight in every day - done not as a requirement or obligation but as a joy!  We congratulate students at every school, especially those at St. Ursula and runners-up Toledo Christian, Lake, St. Francis De Sales, and Lima Central Catholic, for redefining the culture of their school campus into places that thrive with enthusiasm for charity, community service, and teamwork.  Leadership Toledo is proud to support them as they lead others to address needs in their neighborhoods, schools, and the region.”

Data indicate that individual and group efforts to increase awareness and participation in service are attaining success - the more than 20,000 students attending 31 schools currently involved in the Toledo Region’s SIA are on target to reach or exceed 213,000 hours of service this year!  Schlaudecker concluded, “This is evidence that our young servant leaders of TODAY are already helping change the alarming trend of passive reliance of youth on someone else to create solutions for the problems that challenge our communities!”

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