Sussex Tech honored for leadership in service

The Jefferson Awards—Deloitte Students in Action (SIA) program announced this week that Sussex Technical High School has been selected as the Delaware Recipient for Outstanding Service by a High School and will represent the State of Delaware at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony & Gala Event in Washington, D.C., June 27-29.

Sussex Technical High School was selected at the 2018 regional competition held on April 14. They were chosen by a panel of local judges for their leadership, engagement and impact around service in their school and for their philanthropic contribution to the community.

Participating in the competition this year were: Caesar Rodney High School, Cape Henlopen High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Delmar High School, Newark Charter Junior/Senior High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School, Thomas McKean High School and Tower Hill School.

During the 2017-2018 school year, Sussex Technical High School’s Students in Action Committee aspired to act as catalysts to engage clubs and organizations throughout their entire school community to make a positive change in their school and community.

“They consider themselves ‘Ravens for a Cause’ who spread their wings throughout the school and community to make a difference. Realizing their passion was helping children, they planned their entire school year focusing their efforts on monthly service projects dedicated to improve the lives of children.

“Through a food drive, awareness walk for the American Lung Association, collection drive for victims of Puerto Rico, clothing drives for an Indian reservation in Montana and students in their school in need, March of Dimes campaign, Jump Rope for Heart, and Down Syndrome awareness projects, students collected over 5,000 items, raised over $1,500, and logged over 3,000 community service hours.”

Of their efforts, they said, “Participating in Jefferson Awards Students In Action has challenged our members to not only investigate the needs of our community, but to take action and fulfill those needs.”

The Jefferson Awards high schools throughout the state of Delaware documented more than 82,506 hours of community service, which represents over $1.9 million of financial impact to the community.

The Jefferson Awards’ Students in Action is currently operating in 400 high schools nationwide and in 13 regions: Boston, Chicago, Delaware, Central Florida, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Jersey, New York, Pittsburgh, the San Francisco Bay area, South Carolina and Toledo.