Pelham Memorial High School senior Daniel Dempsey and sophomore Leana Rutt were honored with the March 2017 Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award, sponsored by the Junior League of Pelham and McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty. Thank you to our sponsors for making this award a possibility for Pelham youth.
Daniel Dempsey is being honored for his LEADERSHIP, DETERMINATION, and COMPASSION. A senior at PMHS, Daniel is a leader within the Boy Scouts, where he has achieved the rank of Life and is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout. In addition to several community service projects through Boy Scouts, Daniel volunteers at the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, mentors younger Scouts, and coaches young athletes through Pelham Recreation. At school, he is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. He is also a role model on the PMHS football team, where his determination has been recognized by coaches and teammates alike.
According to the adult who nominated him, Daniel “exemplifies the traits and behavior that we want to see in our young people—and adults for that matter. The Boy Scout projects he has worked on have improved the aesthetics of the town and facilities at Community Church, and he has made a positive, tangible impact in the community. He has helped enrich the lives of the younger children in our community, through his counselor positions at Pelham Recreation and the elderly, through his volunteer work at the Wartburg.” As Daniel graduates this spring, we are confident he will continue to do amazing things in his community, serving as an inspiration and role model for others. Congratulations Daniel!
Leana Rutt is being honored for her INTEGRITY, PERSEVERANCE and COMPASSION. As a sophomore, Leana has already made her mark on PMHS. She is the founder and co-president of the Social and Political Activism Club, and one of the founders of the Human Rights Club. In this role, Leana organized Pelham’s March for America on March 5, 2017 during which 200 people marched and several local politicians spoke. Leana also volunteers with Hearts & Homes for Refugees and organized a group of PMHS students to attend the Women’s March in New York City on January 21, 2017. An honors student, Leana performs with Sock ‘n’ Buskin and Artistree Performing Arts, where she was an intern who mentored younger performers.
Several adults nominated Leana for the HOPP Award and one of them praised her extraordinary empathy: “She has a genuine concern for the well-being of others and wants to be sure that all students feel welcomed and cared for. Her passion for human rights and justice have caused her to become a community leader. Her choices to stand up for her beliefs have caused friendships to be challenged, but she persevered to always be sure to do the right thing.” Leana has truly worked to make Pelham and PMHS a better place through her leadership, and we are honored to recognize her with the HOPP Award – congratulations!
Do you know a Pelham teen doing great things in the community and who demonstrates Compassion, Leadership, Integrity, Perseverance, or Determination? Nominate him or her for the Heart of Pelham PACT (HOPP) Award!
Our next round of nominations are due by June 1, 2017. Web: pelhampact.org/youth/recognition-hopp-award/