Senior Peggy Helman has been selected to receive a 2020 St. Vincent's Hospital Youth Award. Every spring, the Auxiliary Board of St. Vincent's Hospital Westchester recognizes area high school students whose volunteer service exemplifies the hospital's core values of respect, integrity, compassion, and excellence.
This recognition includes a U.S. Congressional Certificate of Achievement and the St. Vincent's Presidential Certificate. Peggy will also be featured on the St. Vincent's Youth Awards website and in the hospital's spring newsletter.
Peggy is an outstanding student who has demonstrated a deep commitment to public purpose and community service during her years at Rye Country Day. As a 2019 Community Engagement Fellow, she collected and analyzed lead levels in New York and Westchester water in partnership with the New York League of Conservation Voters. As president of the RCDS Environmental Club, she organized a school-wide climate march in conjunction with the global youth climate march, leading over 100 RCDS Upper Schoolers to Rye City Hall in collaboration with peers at Rye High School. Peggy also co-founded Students Having Open Conversation, an open forum on campus for discussing current events and pertinent issues at the School. Peggy has also taught piano and trumpet through A-Chord for Kids, a student-led volunteer program through which Upper School students teach music to children at the Port Chester Carver Center. Read her submission for the award, which outlines her Public Purpose work, here.