North Hills High School seniors Anna and Robyn Madrishin each have received a President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of their volunteer work in their community.
The sisters, who are twins, have volunteered each week at Vincentian Personal Care Home for 11 years. They also have volunteered at Forbes Regional Hospital.
Anna and Robyn will receive their from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. The awards were created in 1995 to honor middle- and high-school students for local, state and national community service.
The twins also will be recognized in May during North Hills High School Awards night.
“Anna and Robyn bring a great deal of pride to North Hills High School,” said North Hills High School Principal John Kreider. “They have devoted an extraordinary amount of time and energy to improving our school and the greater community.”
The Madrishin sisters have completed local mission trips to West Virginia and New Castle and traveled to Costa Rica to clean a beach and repair a school. Each sister also has received a Jefferson Award for achievements and contributions through public and community service.
The sisters have participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competitions since eighth grade. Anna has been named an AP Scholar, and Robyn has won a Student Achievement Award. They are members of the National Honor Society and Latin Club, where both have been officers each year.
Both compete nationally and instruct young dancers at the Bell School of Irish Dance. They also are active in their congregation at St. Teresa of Avila in Ross Township, where they assist with church festivals, fish fry events and vacation bible schools.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards recognize young people for outstanding community service. More than 370,000 young people have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.