WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today congratulated Prudential Spirit of Community Award recipient, Mariah Reynolds. Mariah, of Cincinnati, is a fifth grade student at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Mariah, pictured above with Joseph Melenick, is one of two Ohio students honored.

“Young Ohioans like Mariah provide the energy, insight, and imagination needed to lead our state toward even greater progress in the 21st century,” Brown said. “This is a proud moment not only for Mariah, but also for the family and the educators who helped to instill her solid Ohio values of hardwork and community service.”

Mariah collected 3,000 books for libraries, schools, and local shelters.

For 16 years, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have awarded the top two student volunteers from each state and the District of Columbia with a $1,000 award and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington.

While in Washington, D.C., the 102 State Honorees will tour the capital's landmarks, attend a gala awards ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and visit their congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.