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Major Leaguers Shine a Spotlight on Action Team Captains

Ben Hershey, a 2016 Action Team Scholarship Recipient, smiles with Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals

Twenty high school students were announced today as recipients of an Action Team scholarship from Major League baseball players.

Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

The $2,000 scholarship recognizes their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in.

The announcement coincides with National Volunteer Week (April 10-16); and the scholarship awards are based on the volunteer activities, academic achievements and leadership skills of high school students serving as Action Team Captains – those students responsible for planning and organizing Action Team-related volunteer activities and encouraging their peers to heed the call to get involved.

Each scholarship application was reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, and included Major Leaguers Mark Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Craig Stammen of the Cleveland Indians, and Eric Young, Jr. of the Milwaukee Brewers.

“On behalf of all Major League baseball players and our partners, Volunteers of America, the Players Trust is honored to take this opportunity during Volunteer Week to recognize the outstanding commitment and passion for helping others that Action Team Captains nationwide demonstrate on a daily basis,” stated Melissa Persaud, director of the Players Trust.

This school-year, Major Leaguers and more than 500 Action Team Captains in 100  high schools across the country are working together to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers – while helping their neighbors in need.

This is the ninth straight year the Players Trust has awarded college scholarships to recognize the efforts of Action Team Captains.

Receiving scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust are:

NAME                      CLASS         SCHOOL                                CITY & STATE

Samantha Archer       Sr             St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes   Alexandria, VA

Avery  Bailey              Sr            West Deptford HS              West Deptford, NJ

Jenna  Bailey             Sr             Brunswick HS                       Brunswick, ME

Mauricio Bustamante  Sr           Queens Voc & Tech HS     Long Island City, NY

Rachel Duke              So              Brunswick HS                       Brunswick, OH

Maria   Garza              Sr              Early College HS                    Harlingen, TX

Douglas Gragg            Sr              West Ranch HS            Stevenson Ranch, CA

Turner Gray                Jr              St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes    Alexandria, VA

Julianna Grondin        Sr              Thornton Academy                    Saco, ME

Ben Hershey              Sr              Bishop Ireton HS                    Alexandria, VA

Erin Jacob                 Sr              St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes    Alexandria, VA

Nyjah Johnson           So              Seton Keough HS                  Baltimore, MD

Micah  Leval              Sr              St Anthony Jr-Sr HS                   Maui, HI

Daniel  Like               Sr              Yorktown  HS                         Arlington, VA

Alexis  Nason             Sr              Thornton Academy                   Saco, ME

Soraya  Ragasa          Jr                St Anthony Jr-Sr HS                  Maui, HI

Adele Reardon           Jr               St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes  Alexandria, VA

Eden Taurianinen       Jr               iSchool High                    The Woodlands,TX

Emily   Vo                  Sr               Mariner HS                           Everett, WA

Abbigael Woodcock    Jr               Greewood HS                    Bowling Green, KY