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Posted February 12, 2013

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La Cueva Senior among Top Volunteers to Receive National Award

James Maynard named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

A La Cueva High School senior was named a Distinguished Finalist for the state of New Mexico in the 18th annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. James Maynard was one of 234 students in the country to be recognized for their community service activities. 

Maynard, 18, co-founded a student chapter of Habitat for Humanity called “Youth United of Greater Albuquerque” in 2011 and has helped to raise more than $40,000 to co-sponsor a home for a deserving family. He serves as the chapter's co-president and helps to organize fundraising events, participates in home builds, applies for grants and helps to mentor young members. 

Many of this year’s State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists were recognized for working to combat bullying, raise money for cancer research and make more activities accessible to people with disabilities. Others were honored for mentoring other young people and supporting U.S. veterans and troops. 

Three other New Mexico students also were honored for their volunteerism. The volunteer activities of each State Honoree and Distinguished Finalist are listed at http://spirit.prudential.com.

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