2018 Gift Of The Heart – Bridgeton High School
The law firm of Hoffman DiMuzio has allocated close to half a million dollars to its Gift of the Heart Community Scholarship Foundation. Forty-nine graduating seniors from Gloucester, Cumberland, and Salem County High Schools have been selected to receive a one thousand dollar scholarship for embodying the service ideals of the program. This week, the 2018 Gift of the Heart Hoffman DiMuzio Community Service Foundation recipients are from Bridgeton High School: Liliana Morales and Samuel Payamps.
Liliana Morales finds her volunteer experiences to have played a critical role in her personal growth. Following high school, she will be pursuing a career in nursing; she believes it’s the countless hours she’s dedicated to community service that affirmed her interest in a field centered on helping people.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of Liliana’s favorite programs. As a “big sister,” she spent her time playing games, helping with homework, and offering advice on a wide range of issues. She describes the overall experience, and particularly the conversations she had with children in the program, to be incredibly meaningful. With other organizations, she has participated in park cleanups, Thanksgiving food drives and helped to setup and support community events such as “Boo at the Zoo” and “Festival of Lights.” Additionally, she has volunteered at her old middle school for Dr. Seuss at Indian Avenue Day, and participated in the Heart Walk in Atlantic City for the American Heart Association.
Aside from her volunteering, Liliana is Vice President of the Latin American club and a member of the Environmental club, Interact club, and choir. She has been selected as a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Keep up the excellent service, Liliana!
Through several community and school organizations, Samuel Payamps has completed countless hours of community service. He explains, “…I have always learned something new from every one of the projects I have participated in.”
With the Latin American Club and Interact Club, Samuel collected canned goods and created Thanksgiving gift baskets for families in need during the holidays. He participated in Environmental Club roadside cleanups, and completed a recycling project in which he created bird feeders from discarded plates and bottles. He also traveled to take part in the Heart Walk in Atlantic City for the American Heart Association. As a member of the National Art Honors Society, Samuel has supported countless face painting and general painting nights for community members. Of all his past volunteer work, he cites the time spent with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and volunteering as an assistant teacher at his church as the two commitments he’s most proud of.
Samuel is president of his National Honor Society chapter, Vice-President of his National Art Honor Society chapter, and treasurer for the Latin American club. Keep up the amazing volunteer work, Samuel!
Sincere congratulations are extended to Bridgeton High School students Liliana Morales and Samuel Payamps, as well as to their proud parents, family and friends!
Click here to read more about the Hoffman DiMuzio Gift Of The Heart Scholarship Foundation.
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