The Jefferson Awards-Deloitte Students in Action program announced that Sussex Technical High School was selected as the Delaware recipient for outstanding service by a high school and will represent the state of Delaware at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony and Gala event in Washington, D.C., on June 27-29.

Sussex Technical High School was selected at the 2018 Regional Competition held April 14. They were chosen by a panel of local judges for their leadership, engagement and impact around service in their school and for their philanthropic contribution to the community. They have helped to pave the way for greater volunteerism throughout the state of Delaware.

Participating in the competition this year were Caesar Rodney High School, Cape Henlopen High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Delmar High School, Newark Charter Jr./Sr. High School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School, Thomas McKean High School and Tower Hill School.

During the 2017-18 school year, Sussex Technical High School Students In Action Committee aspired to act as catalysts to engage clubs and organizations throughout their school community to make a positive change in their school and community. Realizing their passion was helping children, they planned their school year focusing their efforts on monthly service projects dedicated to improve the lives of children.

Through a food drive, awareness walk for the American Lung Association, collection drive for victims of Puerto Rico, clothing drives for an Indian reservation in Montana and students in their school in need, March of Dimes campaign, Jump Rope for Heart and Down Syndrome awareness projects, students collected more than 5,000 items, raised more than $1,500 and logged more than 3,000 community service hours.

The Jefferson Awards high schools throughout the state of Delaware documented more than 82,506 hours of community service which represents more than $1.9 million of financial impact to the community.

For more, visit jeffersonawards.org.