Teens from Calumet City, Markham, South Holland and Sauk Village are among the 339 recipients of the Cook County Sheriff's Youth Service Medal of Honor as recognition for volunteering more than 100 hours in their community in the last year, according to a news release.
The teens were honored in a ceremony Wednesday at the UIC Forum. Local teens honored are, from Calumet City, Vanessa Salas, Arielle Bogard and Diana Rivera; from Markham, Jillian Lee and Wuraola Sosina; from Sauk Village, Joshua Witt; from South Holland, Mikael Perkins.
In addition to the minimum of 100 hours of service, applicants were required to submit essays about their experiences. Examples of service from the 339 high school winners include volunteering in homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, animal shelters and rehab centers; organizing 5K walks, building houses for the poor, and leading mission trips across the globe. The cumulative community service time among the 339 winners was more than 35,000 hours.