Nominate youth volunteers by Nov. 3

The Prudential Spirit of Commu­nity Awards has begun its search for New Hampshire’s top youth vol­unteers of 2016.

The annual national awards pro­gram, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, honors students in grades 5-12 who have made mean­ingful contributions to their com­munities through volunteer service.

Through Tuesday, Nov. 3, middle and high school students are in­vited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards at spirit.

The top middle and high school volunteer in each state will re­ceive $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events. State-level runners-up will receive bronze medallions or certificates of excellence.

In Washington, 10 national hon­orees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year. They will be presented $5,000 personal awards, gold medallions, crys­tal trophies for their nominating schools or organizations, and $5,000 Prudential Foundation grants for charities of their choice.

All middle and high schools, as well as local chapters of Girl Scouts, 4-H, American Red Cross, YMCA and HandsOn Network, can select local honorees for state-level judging.

New Hampshire’s top youth vol­unteers of 2015 were Daniel Iaco­pucci, 18, of Belmont, and Elizabeth Hughes, 11, of Bedford.