Three students from Albany Options School were honored Wednesday with Prudential Spirit of Community awards for community service in the mid-valley.

Angelica Garza, Cary Olson and Rebecca Fewless were recognized at a school assembly for their awards, which honor outstanding community service by young Americans.

Garza, who turns 18 next month, was honored as a local recipient of the Certificate of Achievement, given to just one student per school.

Garza was nominated for her many hours of volunteering and service to local schools and activities. She is a cadet teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, volunteers with the school’s drama club, and helps with makeup, hair and ushering at Albany Civic Theater.

She also helped with the campaign to turn AOS into a certified Oregon Green School, joined the school’s Habitat for Humanity building project, worked on service days with the environmental nonprofit known as SOLV, and volunteered with Linn County Youth Special Olympics.

In addition to the local award, Garza also will be receiving a President’s Award for having volunteered more than 300 hours through cadet teaching, Albany Civic Theater, and other projects.

Olson, 17, is being recognized with a certificate of merit for spending every Saturday for several months last year volunteering at the Albany Municipal Airport with the Historic Albany Restoration Project on the old Vietnam War jet planes.

Olson was also involved in the Habitat for Humanity project and took on a leadership role in the recent Amnesty International Global Write-a-Thon project. In addition, he volunteered his time to create a website for the Linn and Benton County Service Learning Task Force Committee, which promotes service learning in the schools and communities.

Fewless, 17, also is receiving a certificate of merit. She has been volunteering as a cadet teacher in Sunrise Elementary School’s kindergarten program and as an office aide at Albany Options School. She also has participated in multiple school service projects including the SOLV Riverside Clean-up with the city of Albany.

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