The 10th Annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, hosted by Pramerica Life Insurance Limited, felicitated 30 school students for their extraordinary efforts in the area of community service at a ceremony in Delhi. These finalists were selected from over 3,200 applications received from a nationwide search for the country’s top student volunteers. Anand Kumar, Founder of the ‘Super 30’ program was the Chief Guest at the event.
The top honors in the individual category went to Aranyo Ray a Class XI student of Kalyani Public School, Kolkata, for his innovative project ‘NanoCide and Soyasafe’ (Two safe pesticides to help jute and soybean farmers defend their crops from pest and fungal diseases) and Vaishnavi Pandey a Class X student of Tagore International School, Delhi, for her project ‘flawless flaws’ (a campaign to support acid attack survivors and ensure equal opportunities for them in the society). Both the winners were presented with Gold medallions, Certificates of Excellence, a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each and a return trip to Washington, D.C. While in Washington, D.C., they will represent India in the felicitation ceremony hosted for Spirit of Community Award winners from all participating countries.
A group of students from Children’s Academy School, Bombay, were declared as the winner in the Group Category for their project on ‘saving injured birds’. They were presented with Gold medallions, Certificates of Excellence and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to be shared among them. 14 other well-deserving finalists in the Individual Category and 2 groups in the Group Category received Certificates of Achievement and Silver medallions.