BHS girl named Young Philanthropist of the year
BHS student Mariangela Bucci has been named the 2011 Young Philanthropist of the year for her work in the community.
Both her school and her mother nominated the 17-year-old student who has worked heavily with environmental group Greenrock, where she initiated the Green Harvest Project.
She is also the Chair of the BHS Round Square Committee, which helps instill a sense of philanthropy and service in students for those less privileged, both locally and internationally.
While Ms Bucci took home the $2,500 educational grant for her contributions, The Centre on Philanthropy also honoured three other finalists 16-year-old Berkeley Institute student Elizabeth Blankendal, 17-year-old BHS student Lashanda Seaman and 18-year-old CedarBridge student Chei-Lei Trott.
Ms Blankendal was nominated for her work as President of the Key Club, which encourages young people to serve in the community, as well as volunteering with YouthNet and as a Candy Striper at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
Ms Seaman with Sarah Fellowes organised the High School Challenge, encouraging young people to become more aware of their health and fitness, while Ms Trott set up an Amnesty International Youth group at CedarBridge and was invited to speak as a representative of the Bermuda Youth at the Amnesty International Bermuda Annual General Meeting.
Useful website: www.centreonphilanthropy.org.