Philippi student earns national recognition

Barbour

A Barbour County student has been recognized with two national awards.

Stephanie Santilli of Philippi was named as a distinguished finalist for the ‘Prudential Spirit of Community Award’.

The award honors those students who work to improve the communities in which they live.

Her work also qualified her for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Santilli said she wants to show other kids her age that they can make a difference too.

“I want to inspire other youth to make a difference because making a difference now can change the world later.  And for when my generation is adults, I would like the world to be a better place, so I can start from where I am now, and I can make a difference,” Santilli said.

Congressman David McKinley presented her with the awards at the Barbour County Extension Office. The County Extension Agent nominated Santilli for the honor.

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