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Wilmington student receives Malden Catholic award

Posted by Christina Jedra  March 28, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School: 

Patrick Allen, a resident of Wilmington and a senior at Malden Catholic High School, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. 

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes young people across America whohave made remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities. John  Strangefeld, Chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, cited Allen for the “commitment and energy that Allen displayed in his volunteer activities. Young volunteers like him are inspiring examples to all of us, and are one of the brightest hopes for a better tomorrow.” 

Patrick Allen is the son of James and Carolyn Allen of Wilmington andis a graduate of St. Clement Middle School in Somerville. Allen is the vice-president of the Student Council at Malden Catholic, as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Allen was also the senior leader at the recent Xaverian Brothers Sponsored Schools conference. As a junior, Allen was nominated as a James Otis Scholar and invited to attend the James Otis Lecture Series at the Statehouse presented by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  Allen entered Malden Catholic as a Saint Francis Xavier Scholar in his freshman year and has held this honor throughout his four years at the school. In 2010 and 2011, he earned the Gold Medal in the National Spanish Exam. 

In addition to his outstanding academic achievements, Patrick Allen also participates in athletics. He is a member of the MC Baseball team as well as the Lancers Football team. Although he has yet to make a final college decision, Patrick Allen has already been awarded the four year Cardinal Medeiros Scholarship to Boston University for the fall of 2013.

The Volunteer Service Award is sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). 

About Malden Catholic

Malden Catholic High School maintains an 80-year tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2012 applied to 259 colleges and universities distributed across forty states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $17 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org 

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