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State Honoree

Blaire Nuzum

West Virginia

developed a statewide youth service network that resulted in more than 15,000 volunteer hours by West Virginia youth during two weeks in 1999. “WAVES” (Welding Action Through Volunteerism and Service) is a program Blaire initiated as president of the West Virginia Association of Student Councils. Her desire was to provide young people the opportunity to reach out to the community and make a positive impact. She met with Governor Cecil Underwood, who adopted “WAVES” as part of West Virginia’s commitment to America’s Promise. Blaire then created information packets that were mailed to all middle and high schools in the state, encouraging students to pledge volunteer hours during two designated weeks. As the results started to pour in, Blaire and other association officers were busy logging all the hours, 15,045 in all. Her coordination of “WAVES” has led to a two-year appointment on the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families. “It is very rewarding to know that I have prompted my peers to touch the lives of others,” said Blaire, who distributed how-to packets to student council presidents across the country hoping to see “WAVES” reach beyond West Virginia.