42 Summit students receive national recognition for community service

Graphic depicting service awards

Forty-two students at The Summit Country Day School have been recognized in the in the 2018-19 National Community Service Awards sponsored by the United Nations Association – USA (UN-USA) and InterView Technologies. 

The awards program makes a connection between student community service activities and commitment to the “17 UN Global Goals to Transform Our World.”  

“The UN Global Goals bring awareness, action, and measurement to the toughest challenges the world faces and each objective requires engaged individuals to collaborate and invest both minds and hearts to solve these critical issues,” said Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager of the United Nations Association – USA, in a statement announcing the awards. 

“We are proud of our students' accomplishments in serving others,” said Upper School Director John Thornburg. “This recognition affirms that our students our living the mission of the The Summit ‘to become leaders of character who value and improve the world they inherit.’ ”  

Among the UN’s 17 goals, Summit students invested the most time in Global Goal 3 – Good Health & Well-Being. Three students, sophomore Katie Dobelhoff, Kenwood; junior Hans Huelsman, Hyde Park; and junior Sam Vessel, West Chester, each were given the Ambassador Award for more than 100 community service hours during the year.  

The Honor Award, recognizing students for more than 40 hours of service, went to junior Colin Altmix, Mt. Lookout; senior Adaliene Andsager, Mt. Lookout; sophomore Samara Bill, Carthage; sophomore Nicholas Ciaccio, Mariemont; recent graduate Brigid Devine, Indian Hill; junior Adam Foley, Blue Ash; junior Mona Hajjar, Symmes Township; and junior Evan Lakhia, South Lebanon. Thirty-one other students received merit awards. 

The Summit Upper School uses InterView Technologies to record individual student community service hours which are used as a service resume for college applications. The school requires 48 hours by graduation, although Summit students routinely average much higher amounts. Collectively, students in The Summit’s Upper School recorded 4,682 service hours and personal activities in the InterView data base, earning the Sapphire Award for outstanding impact.   

Founded 70 years ago, UN-USA is a national advocacy group supporting the ideals of the United Nations. InterView Technologies is a social responsibility digital platform working with students, schools and non-profits. 

Profiles of all students who were given awards can be found here. https://innerview.org/award/members?schoolyear=2018&school_id=619