Youth Volunteer of the Year Award

The Youth Volunteer of the Year award is presented to an outstanding high school student who has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping others and who serves as an example to their peers.

Youth Volunteer of the Year for 2022

lia Lia Feit 
Youth Volunteer of the Year

Lia Feit is a senior at John Handley High School in Winchester, Virginia. She has a passion for volunteer work and engagement, and, over the course of her high school career, she has amassed over 300 hours of community service. This year, as Handley’s Interact president, Lia spends her time coordinating events, communicating with club members, and running weekly meetings. Despite a drop in activity and interest during the pandemic, Interact has grown back to over 100 members this year. Lia also volunteers at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery museum, helping to run summer camps for preschoolers. She is a member of National Honor Society and has done volunteer work with several local political campaigns and grassroots organizations. At school, Lia is an active member in many extracurriculars and clubs such as the debate and swim teams. After graduation, Lia plans to attend a four year college and major in philosophy or ethical studies and minor in linguistics. She hopes to attend law school in the future and specialize in immigration or environmental law. 

Past recipients include:

2021       Amy Vargas-Aguillon, John Handley High School
2020      Jackson Sirbaugh, John Handley High School
2019      Nathaniel Dansie, James Wood High School
2018      Matt Matsenov, John Handley High School
2017      Jessica Clatterbuck, James Wood High School
2016      Alexis Schneider, James Wood High School 
2015      Brooke Souders, Millbrook High School
2014      Callie Clayton, James Wood High School 
2013      Emily Woznak, James Wood High School 
2012      Eliza Urtz, Handley High School
2011      Presley Parkes, Millbrook High School 
2010      Jordan Orndoff, Millbrook High School
2009      Sullivan Parkes, Millbrook High School
2008      Lyndsey Funkhouser, Strasburg High School
2007      Beth Dickey, Clarke County High School
2006      Bethany Hott, James Wood High School
2005      Jessica Crosen, James Wood High School
2004      Megan Morton, Millbrook High School
2003      Krystal Omps, James Wood High School
2002      Jennifer Staples, Clarke County High School
2001      Jeanette Reynolds, Central High School