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Westside Student named one of Nebraska’s Top Youth Volunteers

Ella Alberts

Westside Middle School student Ella Alberts has been named one of Nebraska’s two Top Youth Volunteers for 2017 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.  Ella, 12, will be formally recognized with 100 other students this May in Washington DC, and is now eligible to become America’s Top Youth Volunteer.

Ella has collected more than $1300 along with hundreds of supplies for animal shelters by operating an annual one day lemonade stand.  Ella seeks out volunteers, creates her own posters and advertising, and finds a ‘spokesdog’ to greet her customers and potential donors.  Ella has been holding her lemonade stand for five years now.

For this honor, Ella wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington DC as well as $1,000 and an engraved silver medallion. Mary Degraff, 17, of Plattsmouth is Nebraska’s other top youth volunteer, along with Ella.  CLICK HERE for more information.