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U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., congratulated two West Virginia natives on their youth volunteer awards May 6.

Katie Cowie, 17, of Milton and Olivia Smith, 14, of Belleville, were each selected as West Virginia’s state honorees and the top two youth volunteers in the 19th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

The nationwide program honors middle school and high school students for their exceptional service to others and their community at the local, state and national levels.

“I am proud to congratulate Katie and Olivia today for their incredibly inspirational volunteer services that has been recognized at the national level,” Manchin said. “These two young leaders have set an extraordinary example to all West Virginians, and their actions should inspire us all to make a difference in our own communities. I applaud Katie and Olivia on their accomplishments and I look forward to the many great things that they will continue to achieve in the future. “

Each state honoree receives $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the program’s national recognition events, where the students meet with the top two honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for several days.