BLACKSBURG, Va., May 9, 2012 – The New River Valley Leading Lights Volunteer Award recognizes community, collegiate, and youthvolunteers from all sectors of the New River Valley who are makingcommunity changing impacts and serving as a model to inspireothers. Virginia Tech student Analise Adams of Blacksburg, Va. , a junior majoring in psychology and human development, washonored as the collegiate award recipient during this year’scelebration. Winners were selected based on their strong community involvement,proven leadership, demonstrated lifestyle of dedicated, continuous,long-term involvement to our community, and creativity ininitiating and implementing projects that lead to a better qualityof life. Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring Sets
Adams, a student leader in the SERVE (Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences)living-learning community, volunteers an estimated 600 hours peryear with the multiple organizations to which she dedicates hertime. In the SERVE community, Adams spearheaded the serviceimmersion trips taking students both locally to Pulaski, Va.,Charlotte, N.C., and internationally where she was a co-leader fora trip to the Dominican Republic. Separate from her work with SERVE, Adams is heavily involved withthe RAFT Crisis Hotline through New River Valley Community Servicesand the Younglife program in Floyd. Now in her third year withRAFT, she serves as a crew chief supervising student volunteers. In addition to her volunteerism in the New River Valley community,Adams has taken her skills and education to participate in academicconferences on engagement. Plain Chain Necklace
Last fall she presented a project titled Connect the Dots at the Civic Engagement Conference sponsoredby North Carolina Campus Compact. She was also awarded with theNorth Carolina Campus Compact 2011 Community Impact Student Award. Adams’ nominator for the Leading Lights Award wrote, “[Analise] hasmentored more students, led more service projects, and initiatedmore life-changing conversations within the context of SERVE thanany other member. Analise intentionally invests in others in a waythat is rare, especially of someone her age. Not only does sheserve her community, but she invests in her peers and the youth inher community in a way that inspires them to volunteer as well. Engraved Silver Charm
She is always bringing out the best in others and helping them todiscover their own passions within the context of community.”.