Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis honored two Barrington teenagers — Molly Williams and Michael Miniati — with his office’s 2013 Civic Leadership Awards, which are given annually to members of the senior class who make outstanding contributions to their school and their community.
“This award recognizes students who show an understanding of the importance public service has in a democratic society. They take the principles of civics and put them into action at home and at school,” said Mr. Mollis.
Molly Williams is on the debate team, chaired the school’s Relay for Life event, performs with the choral ensemble and is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. Michael Miniati is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America State and the New England Leadership Conference and received the St. Michaels Book Award.
As hundreds of family and friends looked on, more than 90 students received awards at a State House ceremony. Mr. Mollis asked high schools around the state to nominate one female and one male member of the Class of 2013 based on their record of public service, leadership ability and academic achievement.
Nearly 70 high schools ranging from Barrington High to Woonsocket High nominated seniors for the honor. This is the seventh consecutive year Mr. Mollis has presented the awards.
“My goal is to encourage young people to get involved. Their enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the civic life of their school and community are vital to the strength of our democracy. I hope their example inspires next year’s senior class,” said Mr. Mollis.