2022-23 Silent Servant Scholarship Awards

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation is now receiving nominations for the 2022-23 Silent Servant Scholarship Awards. We are proud to recognize students like Tyler Baldwin below, of Braxton County HS in Sutton, WV, who rushed into his neighbor’s blazing home in the middle of the night and saved the elderly and disabled man’s life by carrying him to safety.

But your nominee does’t have to be a real-life Super Hero like Tyler. All across America high school stduents are performing amazing acts of empathetic community service. By engaging in public service, students acquire empathy and compassion. We know such selfless service provides them personal self-worth and produces greater academic success.  As adults, these student-servants become able parents and productive members of society.

Our Scholarship is not a contest. You know who your Silent Servants are. Schools, counselors, teachers and administrators choose their winners by sending us a Nomination Form. It’s simple, fast and free. All you have to do is fill out this short form: https://www.prmfoundation.org/student-nomination-form/

Tyler Baldwin

On November 29th, 2021 Tyler Baldwin showed himself to be a true hero. Upon being alerted that his elderly neighbor’s home was on fire and knowing that the gentleman could not walk very well, Tyler ran across the road and into the burning house to help. Tyler was able to carry the gentleman to safety.

But long before this heroic young man saved a life, Tyler was looked up to by his peers for always thinking of others. He remains the kind and empathetic student that is loved by all who know him at Braxton County High in Sutton, WV. He is a true Silent Servant!

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Washougal HS 2022 Silent Servant Winners

Congratulations to Washougal High School 2022 Silent Servant Award winners Savea Mansfield, Mary and Elisabeth Lendvoyi for your oustanding contribution to your community. Your empathetic service while helping others is a powerful example for us all.

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation believes that private citizens who selflessly and quietly serve others are indeed the most valuable citizens of their communities and our Foundation is proud to recognize you!

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The Peter R. Marsh Foundation

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation believes that private citizens who selflessly and quietly serve others are indeed the most valuable citizens of their communities and our Foundation maintains 3 important Initiatives to support them.

We provide two Silent Servant Award programs to encourage selfless service to others by identifying these Silent Servants, recognizing and awarding them for their service, encouraging them to continue their important community role and to inspire others to experience the personal fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant. Nominations for either the Community Silent Servant Award or the Student Silent Servant Award can be submitted through the nomination forms provided on this website.

In addition, we offer Music Grants to public middle-school music teachers nationwide. The teachers determine how the Grant funds will be used to support music education in their schools.

Similar to the Foundation’s other award programs, the Music Grant also introduces music students to the personal values and rewards of community service. Requests for a Music Grant can also be submitted through the Grant Request Form provided on our website:

www.prmfoundation.org

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Zaniyah Williams – Vanguard HS, Ocala, FL

Zaniyah Williams has volunteered countless hours in service to her community. From feeding the homeless, caring for animals, tutoring others, and becoming President of Vanguard High School’s Pink Ladies & T-Birds Service Club, Zaniyah has become a consistent, reliable, open-minded, and hardworking young woman. Leading the Service Club has taught her that everyone’s opinions and viewpoints matter. “There is no I in team, she says”.

Zaniyah has been a member of Vanguard’s Pink Ladies & T-Birds Service Club four years now, and each year she became more involved. She helped donate more to the less fortunate and volunteered more of her time. She says one of her favorite activities has been donating Christmas gifts to foster children.

Zaniyah’s favorite place to volunteer is Advent Health in Ocala. Volunteering at Advent Health reminds her of her grandfather Joseph Haynes Jr. who passed away in 2010. She says, “My grandfather’s passing has inspired me to work in the field of cancer research, namely, as an oncology physician assistant. Knowing that there was nothing else hospice and my family could do, channeled an inspiration in me to help find a cure. I found my grandfather’s diagnosis quite unfair and am devoted to finding some method to combat the disease so no other individual would have to endure what he experienced.”

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Nashalee Morales – Ephrata HS, Ephrata, PA

Teachers and students at Ephrata HS in Ephrata, PA say Nashalee Morales is a joy to have as part of their community. She leads by example. She believes in serving others and her smile and positivity is infectious. She has been deeply involved in the following service groups at her school

In Gears: Nashalee helps organize and promote health and wellness activities which link her school with both our district and community. As a leader in Mini-Thon, she promotes opportunities for students to be empowered as community leaders in the fight to conquer childhood cancer. She helps organize fundraisers and distribute information.

The EHS Link Crew is a group of students who help incoming freshmen and new students transition to life at EHS. This club works closely with the School Counselors and Nashalee is always willing to go the extra mile to help someone feel comfortable and get connected.​

Finally, Friends of Rachel is a group that focuses on empowering youth to be positive role models not only with their friends and in school, but also in the community. Congratulations Nashalee, a true Silent Servant!

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Jane Wiley and Luke Barner – Edgewater HS, Orlando

Jane Wiley has been an active servant in her community for several years. As a member of Teens United Florida Chapter, she organizes and leads various volunteering activities throughout the Orlando community twice a month.

These activities include delivering up to 250 pre-packed lunches and hygiene bags to the homeless, organizing and operating drive-thru food drives, and maintaining and facilitating communication among members. Jane has also been a volunteer at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando since December 2019, where she organizes, hosts, and manages pet supply drives to accumulate donations for the Pet Alliance.

Jane collects pet supplies such as food, collars, etc. and delivers them to the organization. Since February 2020, Jane has also volunteered her time at Second Harvest Food Bank. Here, she examines, sorts, and organizes food donations to be distributed to those in need throughout the Orlando community. Jane has made community service a part of who she is. The various organizations and social issues that she helps to address display her caring spirit and well-roundedness.

Luke Barner has served as a Capernaum Volunteer since 2018. Capernaum volunteers give young people with disabilities the chance to have fun, make friends, develop self-esteem. Luke has befriended many teens with developmental disabilities and helped them make it through the pandemic.

As a Capernaum Volunteer, Luke has been a Mentor, Camp Counselor and Group Leader. He not only works as a “buddy” but also collaboratively plans and facilitates group events for Capernaum. He aids students in academic tutoring and social development. He was the first high school Group Leader since 2020. Overall, Luke is just a fantastic student and always willing to lend a hand to those around him!

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MasterMind Appointment

I’m proud to announce I’ve been named a MasterMind and joined the team of educational visionaries at KP Publishing! KP stands for, putting Knowledge into Practice. Using gamification and Artificial Intelligence, KP does just that while making learning more engaging and effective.

20 years ago, when KP Started, content in education was flat and little innovation had occurred.  There was little evidence of innovative thinking related to instructional practices and materials. Even as the world continues to dramatically transform, very little has changed in the way teachers teach and students consume education materials.

KP believes There is a great opportunity for innovation! I’m proud to now be a part of the MasterMind team making that happen! KP Visionary Team — KP Publishing Universe (kppubu.com)

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Jayden Acoba – 2022 Silent Servant Award Winner

Jayden Acoba of Farrington HS in Kalihi, HI is an outstanding student who was recently accepted to attend Harvard University! As a member of Malama Mentors, he meets with elementary school students once a week to provide moral support and offer guidance to the young students. He enjoys being a positive role model to disadvantaged youth in Kalihi.

Jayden also takes part in Youth Leaders in Training, where he models servant leadership. During the pandemic, he passed out thousands of masks to the community. He visited one of the local elderly clinics to deliver the care packages, which he helped make.

When the pandemic first hit, through the Waiwai program he worked with the local YMCA to distribute free meals to the community. He also helped to maintain a local farm which was used to provide for needy people at Kokua Kalihi Valley clinic.

In school, Jayden serves as the Class of 2022 Class Council President. He was also Class President the last two school years – his sophomore and junior years in high school He is also HOSA Vice President and National Honor Society Vice President. Last but not least, he is a member of our FHS Cheer squad! The Peter Marsh Foundation is proud to recognize Jayden Acoba with a 2022 Student Silent Servant Award!

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Hailey Standford – 2022 Silent Servant

Hailey Stanford of Wilburton HS in Wilburton, OK is widely recognized as a leader within her school, and local community. Since 2018 she has served with the Wilburton Community Food Pantry providing food for needy residents. Her service became particularly important during the pandemic.

Hailey also enjoys working with community leaders on the Wilburton Youth Advisory Board, where she also represents YAHL (Youth Action for Health Leadership) and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). In addition, she has also been actively involved with many FFA (Future Farmers of America)​ community projects. 

Hailey is recognized as a strong, quiet leader at Wilburton HS, where she has had many leadership roles: FFA President, FFA Secretary, FCA President, Softball Co-Captain, Basketball Co-Captain. The Peter R. Marsh Foundation is proud to recognize Hailey for her selfless community service.

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Kristin Jung, Hannah Lui, and Abigail Jung: Extraordinary Silent Servants

The Dreamcatchers

At the Peter R. Marsh Foundation, we do not ordinarily give the Silent Servant Awards to a group. But Kristin Jung, Hannah Lui, and Abigail Jung of the Dreamcatchers Club at University HS in Tucson, AZ are no ordinary high school students. And the Dream Catchers are no ordinary club. The Dreamcatchers do extraordinary things!

The Dreamcatchers are an amazing group of high school students who have dedicated their time and talents to, “granting the wishes” of elderly Tucson citizens, most of whom who are in nursing homes or Hospice care. 

Kristin

Founder Kristin Jung is a senior leader and during a home visit, she learned from an Agape’ Hospice patient that her one wish was to have her home decorated for Christmas, just as she had done for many years, but could no longer do for herself. Kristin and the Dreamcatchers granted this patient’s wish by closely following the patient’s direction and completely decorated her home inside and out, just as she wanted and had always done.

When asked why this was important to her, Kristin said that she believed, “Having the connection between the younger and older generation will make our society a better place”.

Abigail

Hannah Lui and Abigail Jung are current Co-Presidents of the Dreamcatchers Club. As club leaders they have helped organize many fund-raising activities and projects. Their Dreamcatchers have worked to provide hairstyle and makeup sessions, manicure appointments, and musical entertainment for many elderly patients. She once organized a Disney-themed Tea Party for a group of nursing home patients, and a Mexican-themed party with a live Mariachi band for others!

Hannah

When asked why the Dreamcatchers Club was important to her, Hannah said that she believed, “We’re not just giving to these patients, we’re learning life lessons”. We can all learn something from Hannah’s selfless service to others. Abigail said that she believed, “A lot of students my age don’t really think a lot about what senior citizens are going through”.

Kristin, Hannah, and Abigail are always the first to think of others. They, and their Dreamcatchers, actively and outwardly demonstrate what it means to have a true Silent Servant’s heart!

You can learn more about them from this story that ran on the CBS Evening News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arizona-high-school-students-make-dreams-come-true-for-elderly-hospice-patients/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

You can learn more about the Peter R. Marsh Foundation here: https://www.prmfoundation.org/

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