BBA students honored for volunteer effort

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MANCHESTER — Joey McCoy, a recently graduated of Burr and Burton Academy was honored earlier this year by the 2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and Dillon Callen, an incoming junior, was honored with a certificate of excellence.

The award is a national program that honors youth volunteers across the country to outstanding volunteer service to their communities.

One student is chosen per state at the high school level and McCoy was named one of Vermont two top runners-up.

He was honored with an engraved bronze Distinguished Finalist medallion and was qualified for the President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities.

McCoy was one of the keys behind the BBA Unified basketball team's formation and success on the court.

He collaborated with BBA's athletic and special education departments to create the Unified basketball team, which includes student athlete volunteers and students with disabilities.

In its first year of existence, BBA's Unified basketball competed all around the state, including a thrilling last-second win on the Bulldog home court in the program's first game ever played in front of a big crowd.

A Certificate of Excellence is granted to the top 10 percent of all applicants in each state and BBA sophomore Dillon Callen was chosen for that honor.

According to Charles Lowrey, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, for his "impressive example of what young people can do to improve their communities" due to his involvement in the Be Brave for Life nonprofit organization.

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