Freshman Honored For Volunteer Work

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Cassandra Martin '99 was one of 10 young adults from across the country to receive a National Caring Award last week from the Caring Institute in Washington, DC.

A native of Boca Raton, Fla. who has been active in community service since the sixth grade, Martin was recognized for her "overall commitment to others." She received a $2,000 scholarship, a week at US Space Camp in Alabama, and a plaque.

"While I was honored to receive the award, I didn't expect the ceremony to be half as big as it was," said Martin, who majors in political science and communication. "It was just incredible and renewed my commitment to serving others."

The Caring Institute, a non-profit organization, honors young people who have demonstrated extraordinary compassion and caring, and can serve as role models for society. Martin, who was nominated by her high school student council advisor, was chosen from over 1,000 entries from across the United States.

During her last two years of high school, Martin performed over 1,000 hours of volunteer work for dozens of organizations, devoting particular attention to AIDS education. She also co-founded a group which raises funds for local children's projects in Boca Raton, led a fundraising campaign for an orphanage in Zambia and held leadership positions in several school and civic organizations.

This semester, Martin has been active in the Bellarmine Law Academy, Democrats of Boston College and Circle K International. She plans to volunteer at various hospices in Boston which serve AIDS patients.

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