Barker '20 and Duncan '21 receive the St. Vincent's Youth Award
During an awards ceremony on April 3rd, Upper School students Konstantia Barker '20 and Cecilia Duncan '21 received the 2019 St. Vincent's Youth Award for their exceptional commitment to service and compassion.
Inspired by a history project in eighth grade, Barker created the nonprofit groundSWELL and partnered with the Thirst Project, a charitable organization focused on teen leadership in ending the world water crisis. Through the Thirst Project, Barker has had the opportunity to be on the ground in Swaziland, drilling wells for clean drinking water.
Duncan was nominated for her dedication to multiple organizations. Not only is Duncan a catechist in her local church, but she also volunteers with Guiding Eyes for the Blind and tutors at the Don Bosco Community Center in Port Chester, NY. Duncan also recently traveled to New Orleans on an Upper School service trip to rebuild homes lost to flooding with the St. Bernard's Project.
The awards are sponsored by the Auxiliary Board of St. Vincent’s and are designed to encourage young people to volunteer and to promote lifelong habits of volunteerism.