KasprickOsseo Junior High student Kylie Kasprick, 13, of Brooklyn Park, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Amie Mondl, Hennepin County 4-H Program Coordinator, nominated Kylie for national honors this fall. Kylie documented her hours of service as the 2012-2013 Minnesota State Ambassador for Fuel Up to Play 60, a school wellness program sponsored by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture, which encourages youth to choose nutrient-rich foods first and get out and play at least 60 minutes each day.

Kylie spoke at schools and several education conferences, made two television appearances promoting Fuel Up to Play 60, interviewed the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, and participated in two Leadership Roundtables in Washington, D.C. alongside CEO’s from top companies across the United States.

Kylie is an active writer for the Huddle on the Fuel Up to Play 60 website and was an active participant in three of the FUTP60 Training Days with the Minnesota Vikings. Kylie has been an active member of her school wellness teams at Elm Creek Elementary and Osseo Junior High. Most recently Kylie was a junior broadcaster on “Vikings Huddle,” a TV show created to entertain kids while teaching them about healthy snacks and getting active. 

Kylie presented her yearlong volunteer work as a 4-H Youth Leadership Project to county 4-H clubs at the Hennepin County Fair and at the Minnesota State Fair. 

“We applaud each of these young people for their exemplary volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “They use their time and talents to make a meaningful difference in their communities, and we hope their example inspires others to do the same.”

 “By going above and beyond in their volunteer service, these students have brought positive change to communities across the country,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP.  “Congratulations to each and every one of them on this well-deserved honor.”

PHOTO: Kylie Kasprick with Osseo Junior High Assistant Principal Dianne Thomas

-Published May 4, 2014