Community Service Awards

 

Two Community Service Award Recipients Recognized

Community Service Award Winners
Adarsh Suresh and Sabahat Ahsan

Adarsh Suresh was one of two Centerville High School seniors honored Monday May 2 by Washington Township Trustees with the Township’s annual Community Service Award. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship with half of the scholarship funded by each of the four Washington Township elected officials and half funded by the Centerville High School National Honor Society, of which Adarsh is a member. 

Throughout his four years at CHS, Adarsh has accumulated over four hundred hours of service, most of which were focused on teaching and helping disadvantaged individuals. 

Adarsh’s interest in volunteering had a natural start. “I lived in India when I was younger and witnessed poverty amongst children,” says Adarsh. “It really struck me and opened my eyes to how privileged I am. I’m surrounded by a great community, family members, and mentors. Not everyone has access to that and my time living in India made a strong impression on me.” Adarsh spent his freshman and sophomore years of high school voluntarily teaching mathematics, science, and economics to underprivileged middle school students and he saw firsthand the positive impact that volunteering can have on someone’s life. These efforts culminated in an EduFest, where he taught children the basics of money, banking, and presentation skills. Continue reading about Adarsh's service...


Sabahat Ahsan was one of two Centerville High School seniors honored Monday May 2 by Washington Township Trustees with the Township’s annual Community Service Award. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship with half of the scholarship funded by Washington Township and half funded by Judy Blair, in memory of her husband, Terry Blair, a former Washington Township trustee and a member of the Ohio General Assembly. 

Sabahat has been an avid participant in Centerville High School’s Interact Club, Key Club, Octagon Club, and Speech and Debate Team. She currently serves as president of Octagon Club and Donations Captain of Speech and Debate Team. Sabahat has logged over one hundred hours of community service by volunteering at local nursing homes, making care packages for Dayton Children’s Hospital’s Family Resource Connection, and collecting money and donations for local foodbanks. As her nominating high school advisor, Mr. Greg Bell, said of her, “Sabahat is an outstanding young lady who is always willing to use her time and talents to help those in need.”

“Volunteering came naturally to me,” Sabahat remarks. “I never planned on doing it for the hours or recognition.” Sabahat’s introduction to volunteering came at a young age when she participated in Earth Day events and made handmade cards for local nursing home residents. This drive continued through high school as she volunteers her time with refugees, tutoring them in English and helping them with food and gardening. Continue reading about Sabahat's service...

Washington Township's Community Service Award Recognizes High School Volunteers

Washington Township's Community Service Awards are given each year to two local high school student who exemplify service to the community.

Recipients receive a proclamation, recognition and, since 2018, a scholarship to assist them on their educational path.

Township trustees established the award in 2003 to recognize deserving student volunteers and, in the process, draw attention to the importance of public service. By recognizing students who are generous with their time, Washington Township hopes to foster an ethic of voluntarism among the next generation. Service is an important aspect of citizenship and volunteers are essential if we are to create and maintain strong, vibrant communities.

Community Service Award selection is made by the advisors of Centerville High School's four service organizations: Key Club, Octagon Club, Interact Club and National Honor Society. Recognition is given to the student who, through his or her sustained efforts, best exemplifies the spirit of service to the local, national or international community. Scholastic achievement is not a key factor in the award.