Published April 4, 2019
Two Mount St. Mary students in Little Rock were recently recognized for their community spirit and exemplary volunteer service. Senior Rachel Ridgeway was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award, and sophomore Grace Barnett received the Sotomora Service Award.
Granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country. An active member of Mount St. Mary and Christ the King Church, Ridgeway has spent more than 500 hours volunteering through school, church and other activities.
Barnett was honored with the Sotomora Service Award at this year’s American Heart Association of Central Arkansas Heart Ball March 2. Created by Eileen and Dr. Ricardo Sotomora in 2001, the award is presented annually to the “sweetheart” who performed the greatest number of community service/educational hours during her time as a sweetheart. Grace completed 317 hours of volunteer work, the most of this year’s group of 66 Heart Ball Sweethearts.