BVC awards teen volunteer scholarship

Kristen Biedermann, a graduating senior from C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville, has been selected to receive the Marilyn Swete Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Teen Volunteer of the Year. The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center awards this $1,000 scholarship annually to a college-bound senior who exemplifies the volunteer spirit.

Biedermann, who will be heading to the University of Rochester to study psychology, has contributed over 250 hours during her high school years volunteering for Crouse Hospital and the Rescue Mission, working on a church mission trip to New Orleans, mentoring an elementary student and participating in the Dollars for Scholars Phone-A-Thon.

A saying that she heard once served as an inspiration to her: "Thirty years from now, it won't matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked or the jeans you bought. What will matter is what you learned and how you used it."

Biedermann said she will always value the time she has spent volunteering and the experience she has gained, especially at Crouse Hospital, which led her to major in the field of psychology.

Kristen Biedermann (center) received a $1,000 scholarship for her dedication to volunteering. With her are Nancy Conley, Baldwinsville Volunteer Center Director, left, and Trish Hipolito, president of BVC Board of Directors.

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