Carmel High School graduate receives national award for volunteer work Current Issues

Service has always been an important part of Sofia-Alexandra Colon’s life.

“I’ve been volunteering with my family for as long as I can remember,” Colon said. “One of the many lessons my parents taught my brother and me was to always give back to those in need and to always be ready to lend a helping hand and be a servant leader by giving back. example.”

Over the years, she has volunteered with the Family Career and Community Leaders of America section of Carmel High School, the Ice Skating Club of Indianapolis, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Mya Smith Foundation, and skating teams at Adrian (Mich.) College.

Colon’s volunteer work has not gone unnoticed. This summer, she was honored in Houston with the President’s Youth Service Award.

Mya Smith-Edmonds, president of the Smith Foundation and co-host of the Presidential Youth Award ceremony, nominated Colon for the award because of her long commitment to volunteering for the coat drive she organizes each year in the Indianapolis community.

“She contacted me and told me I had been chosen to receive the award, and she flew me to Houston,” said Colon, a 2019 CHS graduate.

The prize was awarded to 50 volunteers between the ages of 5 and 25 for their volunteer work.

“We were honored to have a powerful speech from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee as well as entrepreneur Tyla-Simone Crayton,” Colon said.

There was a performance by “America’s Got Talent” winner Victory Brinker.

Colon, a senior, is on three skating teams at Adrian College: collegiate and collegiate open synchronized skating teams and an intercollegiate figure skating team.

“I’m so excited for what this season has in store for us, especially with new head coach Dana Hall,” Colon said. “I’m also thrilled to end my senior year strong, not only in skating, but also academically.”

Colon is applying to occupational therapy programs throughout Indiana.

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