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Culinary Arts Student Julia Andersen Nationally Recognized for Volunteer Work

Julia Andersen and Principal George Clement

Minuteman High School Principal George Clement presents senior Julia Andersen, 17, of Belmont, with the President's Volunteer Service Award.


Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School senior-year student Julia Andersen was honored in March 2020 for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Andersen, 17, of Belmont, was nominated for launching a non-profit organization, Kangaroo Kuddles, which knits blankets and other materials for premature, newborn infants. Andersen, a culinary arts student, is also a Minuteman Student Ambassador, which involves providing tours and speaking publicly at school or community events. Additionally, she has volunteered for the Belmont Food Pantry for the past eight years.

“Julia has been recognized among the top 10 percent of all applicants from Massachusetts, which is a true accomplishment,” said Edward A. Bouquillon, Superintendent-Director of Minuteman. “We are incredibly proud of the selflessness Julia has displayed in helping people around the region through her volunteer efforts.”

Through Kangaroo Kuddles, Andersen and several of her peers knit blankets and stuffed animals that are donated to several area hospitals with neonatal intensive care units.

“Julia truly exemplifies the spirit of the Minuteman community and has given back so much,” said Principal George Clement. “Her desire to help others has spread to other students. She serves as a great role model by encouraging other students to join in much of her volunteer work.”

Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state. The President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country.

 “This is a real honor,” Andersen said. “Much of my desire to give back comes from my church community. When I help people, it makes me feel good about myself.”

“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too.”

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