Principal, Maryann O'Neill, recently congratulated senior, Ryan Laughlin, on being a recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award.
The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation launched the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2003 to recognize the importance of volunteers to America's strength and national identity, and furthermore, to honor the deeply invested volunteers whose service is multiplied through the inspiration they give others. The award recognizes, celebrates and holds up as role models Americans making a positive impact as engaged and deeply committed volunteers.
Ryan has performed over 200 hours of service during his time as a Montini Bronco. He has been an active member of Montini's Lasallian Youth Club and has volunteered at Feed My Starving Children as well as many other service projects the club engages in each year. He is also a retreat leader at his parish, St. Raphael Catholic Church, in Naperville, and still finds time to tutor at his local library.
Laughlin is very happy to be a part of the Montini's community and is happy that the school provides many opportunities to serve and to continue his relationship with God. "Volunteering has allowed me to open up my heart to the Lord," he said.
In addition to Montini's Lasallian Youth Club, he is also a member of the Pro-Life Club, God Squad, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Sancti Futuri, a group that prides itself on being open to "anyone who wants to be a saint!" In addition, he belongs to the Spanish and English Clubs, is an active participant in Montini's Student Government and represents the school as a Student Ambassador. Laughlin also finds time for sports and is a member of the Bronco Cross Country and Track teams. "Getting involved in the service projects in this tight-knit school community shows who the students at Montini are, and what we stand for."