Community Service Awards


Two Community Service Award Recipients Recognized

Anjana Peddireddi

Anjana PeddireddiAnjana Peddireddi was one of two Centerville High School seniors honored Monday 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 an anonymous donor from 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. During his time as a Washington Township Trustee, Blair was a champion of good government, fiscal responsibility and cooperation. He held the township to high standards that included outstanding customer service and cost-effective service delivery. Especially, he was a passionate advocate of grassroots government who believed deeply that local government should always be accountable to its citizens.

Anjana has been an avid participant in Centerville High School's Interact Club and has been a leader in the club for the past two years. Initially, she joined the club to meet new friends and socialize but she quickly found that she genuinely enjoyed all the work that the club was doing. "It's been a great opportunity to learn from people who are older than me. I've been able to meet people and have conversations that wouldn't have happened if I didn't get involved in Interact Club," says Anjana. In addition to the Interact Club, Anjana has volunteered at Sycamore Medical Center for three years and at Camp Innovation for one year where she helped students learn about STEM topics during summer camp. This year, she has spent a couple weekend volunteering at Veteran's Administration COVID-19 vaccination clinics to help veterans receive their vaccines. "Anjana embodies 'service about self' in her life and actions," says CHS teacher and Interact Club advisor Liz Cameron. Continue reading about Anjana's service...

Jade Eilers

Jade EilersJade Eilers was one of two Centerville High School seniors honored Monday 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 the Centerville High School National Honor Society, of which Jade is a member. Throughout her four years at CHS, Jade has accumulated over one thousand hours of service. "This is the highest number of service hours that we are aware of any student achieving in Centerville," says National Honor Society Advisor Andrew Yuker. 

Jade's interest in volunteering had an organic start. "She was raised in a family that places volunteering as a high priority." says Yuker. "They regularly volunteer at soup kitchens and help make gift boxes for children during the holiday season." Jade started volunteering at a local homeless shelter at a young age and saw firsthand the positive impact that volunteers can have on an organization. This early introduction to service ignited a passion in Jade that has led her to pursue volunteer opportunities both locally and nationally. Continue reading about Jade'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.