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Carondelet's Jefferson Award recipients include, from left, Alex Brody-Duran '15, Anna Buss '15, Laura Fleming '15, Breanna Hibbard '18 and Alli Fisher '15.
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Concord's Carondelet High School has presented five students and one teacher with Jefferson Awards for outstanding community service for 2014.

Students Alli Fisher '15, Breanna Hibbard '18, Alex Brody-Duran '15, Laura Fleming '15, Anna Buss '15, and teacher Rosanne Siino '80 received the service awards at a ceremony at the school in late November.

Carondelet, an all-girls school founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is known for its community service. Carondelet students as a group last year logged more than 48,000 total hours of volunteer service to the community. Nearly 170 students last year volunteered for more than 100 hours in the year.

This year's Jefferson Awards were presented to the six recipients by the Jefferson Awards/Students In Action club at Carondelet. Students In Action is a program of the national Jefferson Awards, an organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Moderated by Cindy Lawrence and Edie Payne, the club at Carondelet aims to train student leaders to engage in service to impact the community. About two dozen Carondelet students are actively involved in the club, leading and inspiring hundreds of their classmates to volunteer.

Alli Fisher received the school's 2014 Jefferson Award for Special Projects for the short documentary she created after a trip to Kenya. Her film, about the Kenya Registered Nurse Anesthetist Program, is raising awareness and funds for her mother's foundation, which is devoted to providing education in Kenya.

Carondelet's recipients of the Jefferson Awards for Continuous Service were Hibbard, Brody-Duran, Fleming, Buss and Siino. Hibbard traveled to Haiti and worked with about 80 children in an orphanage on a small island. Brody-Duran devotes much of her outside time to ASB, Carondelet's school leadership program. Fleming and Buss volunteer at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, an organization whose mission is to teach disabled children how to ride horses for their therapy. Siino has volunteered at Lindsay Wildlife Museum since 2009, teaching Bay Area children and adults about native wildlife.

Carondelet began its association with the Jefferson Awards in 2007 under Sister Dorothy Stack, CSJ. In 2008, Carondelet became the first San Francisco Bay Area high school to be nationally recognized in a Jefferson Awards ceremony in Washington D.C., where it won the national gold medal for Outstanding Service by a High School.

Carondelet, founded in 1965, enrolls approximately 800 students.

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