LHS student named one of two top youth volunteers in Ohio
Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2015
We congratulate Loveland High School Junior Morlan Osgood who was recently named one of Ohio's top two youth volunteers of 2015 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 20th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
Osgood co-founded an educational program that has helped more than 11,000 students in grades 2-12 develop their interest and skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) through summer camps, after-school classes, conference workshops and other activities. Her work began years ago, while tutoring a girl who struggled in math. Instead of using traditional tools such as flashcards, Osgood taught the girl how to use math concepts to program a LEGO robot.
“The light bulb went off and she is now taking honors math courses!” said Osgood. “I realized if I could inspire one child, I could create a team to inspire hundreds.”
Osgood’s STEMs for Youth organization now hosts seven summer camps and six after-school classes in Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota and the District of Columbia.
“We are making a difference!” said Osgood. “Over 80 percent of our participants want to pursue STEM subjects and careers!”
Osgood will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top honorees from each of the other states and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2015.
Congratulations, Morlan Osgood!
Photo caption: LHS Junior Morlan Osgood working at a STEMs for Youth event.