Teens recognized as volunteers
An eighth-grader at Regent Preparatory School in Tulsa is one of 10 students nationwide to receive the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Matthew Benjamin, 14, was selected from a pool of more than 26,000 volunteers. Benjamin raised more than $30,000 to build a home for 33 orphans in Uganda by attracting sponsorships as he trained and ran a half-marathon last year. He received $6,000 in prizes, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a charitable organization of his choice. Jonathan Crider, 18, a senior at Central High School west of Marlow, also was recognized by Prudential. He was named a state finalist. Crider organized rocking-chair marathons in his community and raised more than $45,000 to feed children at risk of going hungry on the weekends. He received a $1,000 prize.
Youth leaders class named
Leadership Oklahoma recently announced members of its Youth Leadership Oklahoma Class XII. The class members and their high schools are: Cade Baldwin, Duncan; Sarah Barron, Holland Hall; Julia Benbrook, Woodward; Ben Bevilacqua, Booker T. Washington; Kyla Blackshare, Tulsa Union; Jackson Braught, Duncan; Nathan Bugg, Perry; Blake Burns, Chickasha; Tristan Campbell, Oklahoma Christian Schools; Kacie Cardenas, Deer Creek; Connor Cass, Holland Hall; Kathryn Dillingham, Enid; Lauren Dodson, Altus; Hannah Faulkenberry, Community Christian School; Daniel Fijalka, Harrah; Gerard Franks, OSSM; Ann Freeman, Texhoma; Ty Golay, Covington-Douglas; Anna Haas, Plainview; Hannah Henry, Altus; Kristina Hill, Snyder; Emma Hutchinson, Putnam City North; Ellie Johnson, Heritage Hall; Sarah Johnson, Kansas; Taylor Kennedy, Lawton McArthur; Liz Kornfeld, Bishop McGuinness; Garrett Lindsay, Metro Christian; McKenzie Madigan, Lawton Eisenhower; Daniel McClain, Byng; Faith McPherson, Chickasha; Allison Mee, Deer Creek; Jake Meyer, Stillwater; Meredith Mills, Casady; Pamela Ortega, Southeast; Suzanne Parks, Ponca City; Lindsay Patterson, Edmond Memorial; Cindy Phan, Western Heights; Ashley Pike, Yarbrough; Alisha Ragon, Homeschool; Maggie Rahal, Norman; Rachel Reardon, Woodward; Genevieve Reavis, Miami; Meg Reeder, Shawnee; Cyrus Reynolds, Classen School of Advanced Studies; Chandler Rickey, Broken Bow; Jade Rodriguez, Edison Prep; Denton Scherman, Perry; Logan Shelton, Wister; Jillian Smythe, Bishop McGuinness; Kelsey Speer, Stillwater; Alex Stephens, Marlow; and Matt Webber, Claremore.