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Algona teen, Auburnites receive Governor's Volunteer Service Award
For the Reporter
Algona's Angela Phommavong was among 44 recipients of the Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April 21 as Washington Volunteer Appreciation Day in recognition of the countless acts of service performed by Washington's volunteers.
Phommavong, an Auburn Riverside High School student, received the honor in a ceremony Monday at the governor's Executive Mansion in Olympia. Auburn's Richard Lundstrom and Gayle Mahler also received the award.
On Monday night, Phommavong – this year's youngest recipient of the award – threw out the first pitch at the Seattle Mariners' game. The Mariners and the Washington Commission for National and Community Service hosted the sixth annual Salute to Volunteers Night at Safeco Field.
Communities In Schools of Auburn nominated Phommavong for her outstanding volunteer work in Alpac Elementary's after-school Study Buddy program. High school volunteers work twice a week one-on-one with students needing tutoring support. Since joining the program on Nov. 5, Phommavong has attended all tutoring sessions.
The outstanding volunteers range in age from 16 to 101 years young and represent 17 of Washington's 39 counties. AmeriCorps, Citizen Corps, and Senior Corps programs and volunteer centers from throughout the state nominated the individuals.