Paul Zinni, Superintendent
18 King Street
Norfolk, MA 02056
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 18, 2019
Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
King Philip High School Senior Receives Outstanding Youth Award
WRENTHAM — Superintendent Paul Zinni is pleased to announce that King Philip Regional High School senior Simone Barger has been named the 2019 Outstanding Youth by the North Attleboro-Plainville Rotary Club.
Barger was nominated for the award by Cheryl Rowe, the adviser of the school’s student community service club, KP Cares. Since her freshman year at King Philip Regional High, Barger has been an active member of the club and has taken on various leadership roles. Today, she serves as co-president of the club.
“Simone is an amazing student and person,” Rowe said. “I am thrilled to see her recognized for her dedication to community service. She is kind, generous, and always the first to offer to help. I have no doubt that wherever life takes her she will continue to have a great impact on those around her and they will be better for having her in their lives.”
KP Cares organizes about 10 events annually, and Barger has frequently co-chaired these initiatives to raise funds for various causes and support the community.
Events Barger has co-chaired include Putting 4 Patients, a mini-golf event held at King Philip High School to raise money for The Jimmy Fund; the Fight Back Festival, an event that raises funds to help local families struggling with cancer; and the Giving Tree, an annual drive at King Philip High where students collect gifts for local families for the holidays. Barger has also helped to coordinate volunteers to help with renovations at the Gilly House, a sober house in Wrentham.
Barger traveled with KP Cares in April 2018 to visit an orphanage during a service trip to Costa Rica. She participated in many activities to raise money and collect donations for the orphanage. During the trip, the group also helped a local family refurbish their farm to offer horse therapy for children with disabilities, and Barger also visited a local high school and helped plant trees in a reforestation project.
Barger will be recognized at the 2019 Distinguished Service Awards banquet at the Heather Hill Country Club on Monday, March 18.
“It’s a pleasure to see Simone recognized for her dedication to community service,” Superintendent Zinni said. “Her passion for helping others and efforts to better her community are a great example for her peers, and it is wonderful that she found an avenue to do good through KP Cares.”