The Lower Merion High School buildOn community team recently gathered to celebrate 53 members who reached the prestigious "100 Hours of Service" milestone during the 2018-19 school year in a special ceremony in the Large Group Instruction (LGI) room. buildOn officers were joined by Principal Sean Hughes as they presented this year's honorees with a certificate to commemorate their outstanding achievement in front of their fellow club members.
Last year, 338 buildOn members served a total of 11,306 hours in the Greater Philadelphia area through more than 100 projects, including tutoring at Bethel Academy; delivering food to families-in-need; cleaning and beautifying local parks; working with shelter children; feeding the homeless; volunteering their time with The Hearth, American DanceWheels, Emily's Entourage, the Buonicanti Fund and JCHAI; supporting community events; and much more.
The LMHS buildOn Trek Program has also raised roughly $650,000 to build a total of eight schools for communities-in-need in Taverne, Menard and La Civette, Haiti; Jokaiya, Bisanpsur and Balbhadrapur, Nepal; Las Brisas, Nicaragua; and Samuel Luckwa, Malawi. This year's Trek Team, which will be headed to Guatemala to construct the program's ninth school, will be announced later this fall.
Congratulations to all of this year's honorees!
|Ben Alonzo||Sammi Gaier||Emma Liu||Alice Ricards|
|Sammy Anderer||Eva Gallagher-Kowitt||Michael Loonstyn||Sophie Roth|
|Sulhee Antal||Jon Goldstein||Nicole Loonstyn||Lena Rutzel|
|Eve Bickel||Charlotte Gordon||David Lu||Emily Shang|
|Nicole Blum||Jess Gordon||Lilly McClendon||Abby Strongin|
|Siobhan Brannigan||Jason Harmon||Devon Mooring||Kenta Tsukamoto|
|Sophia Bumbera||Natasha Hewitt||Charlotte Morales||Monva Vakil|
|Jason Castello||Gavin Hong||Jackie Munis||Camille Vandeveer|
|Teresa Cato||Luke Howey||Annika Naveen||Esther Werbach|
|Ella Catt||Audrey Knoll||Lucas Oberdiek||Abby Wolf|
|Mikaela Curyto||Aviva Kosto||Christian Owusu||Jessica Zhong|
|Alexis Duong||Maya Kraidy||Lakshmi Parvathinathan|
|Nate Farber||Sonia Laby||Sydney Pelletier|
|Grace Fenlin||Sean Li||Jess Polsky|