The Youth Humanitarian Award ~ In Memory of Stanley Marcus is presented to high school junior or senior students who best exemplify the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who died in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers. He will always be remembered for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service. Since PTA is a volunteer organization, we believe that it is only fitting that we should honor such service by our young people through the sponsorship of this award.
Congratulations to our 2019-20 NYS Youth Humanitarian Award Winner:
Timmy O’Hanlon – Garden City High School – Nassau Region
Congratulations to our Region Youth Humanitarian Winners:
Grace West – Rye Neck High School – Westchester-East Putnam Region
Matthew Anderson – Smithtown High School West – Suffolk Region
Matthew Olson – Clarkstown South High School – Central Hudson Region
Anna Girhart – Shenendehowa High School – Northeastern Region
Alexandra Ellis – Franklin D Roosevelt High School – Taconic Region
Zehra Jaffri – Williamsville East High School – Western Region
Elijah Culp – West Irondequoit High School – Genesee Valley Region
Jack Putney – Starpoint High School – Niagara Region
An engraved plaque and a monetary award of $250 New York State PTA Award:
From the nominees submitted, one recipient will be chosen by the NYS PTA Committee by April 1. Presentation of the award shall be made by the Region PTA at the Spring Conference (or other appropriate occasion).
The purpose of this award is to recognize a junior or senior who best exemplifies the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who is remembered for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service.
The nominee must:
- be a junior or senior at a high school with a PTA/PTSA in good standing
- demonstrate outstanding volunteer community service
- display humanitarian principles by word and deed
- be selected for the quality of the humanitarian activities rather than for the quantity of extracurricular activities
NOTE: Academic achievement SHOULD NOT be a factor in the selection process.
Unit Selection Process:
In order to participate, the PTA/PTSA High School unit must be in good standing on the date of submission:
- Membership dues have been paid
- Insurance has been paid
- Current bylaws – 3 years or less since last approved
Each unit may submit one 11th or 12th grade student for this recognition.
Region PTA Selection:
Each Region PTA/PTSA may submit one nominee for this state award from those submitted by the high school PTA units. The chosen recipient from each Region will receive a recognition plaque from NYS PTA.
2018-19 NYS Youth Humanitarian Award Winner:
Matthew Spirakis – Garden City High School – Nassau Region
2018-19 Region Youth Humanitarian Award Winners:
James Clements – West Irondequiot High School – Genesee Valley Region
Safia Zaman – New Hartford Senior High School – Leatherstocking Region
Branden Zdrojewski – Starpoint High School – Niagara Region
Ashley Mayfield – Tamarac High School – Northeastern Region
Gaetono Cary Mule – FDR High School – Taconic Region
AnnaBella R. D’Amico – Williamsville East High School – Western Region