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Byram Hills High School Junior Honored with St. Vincent’s Hospital Youth Award

On the day she turned 16 last year, Byram Hills High School junior Samantha Milewicz donated blood for the first time and then went straight to the Armonk Fire Department to drop off her application to become a volunteer.

SamanthaOn the day she turned 16 last year, Byram Hills High School junior Samantha Milewicz donated blood for the first time and then went straight to the Armonk Fire Department to drop off her application to become a volunteer.

Since then, she has undergone more than 300 hours of training to become a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician at the Armonk Fire Department. Samantha responds to emergency calls as often as she can, up to twice a day. She recently worked at her first structure fire and assists other EMTs with patients during emergency calls.

In addition, for the past two years, she has been a member of the Northern Westchester Hospital President’s Junior Leadership Council, which creates public health campaigns about issues affecting peers like vaping and loneliness, and she was chosen as one of six students to serve on the council’s Advisory Board, which works with the program’s leaders.

Byram Hills High School is proud to announce that Samantha has received the 2022 St. Vincent’s Hospital Youth Award, which honors high school students for their volunteer service.

The award is given to a sophomore, junior or senior from each participating area high school whose volunteer service exemplifies the hospital’s core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence. Students must have performed at least 50 hours of community service.

“Congratulations Samantha for receiving this prestigious award,” Principal Christopher Walsh said. “Your selfless dedication to protecting the health and safety of others in the community is commendable and we are very proud of your volunteer service.”  

Samantha, who wants to be a surgeon, was excited to receive the award. “It’s a great recognition for the hard work I’ve put into giving back to the community and displays what passion I have,” she said.

“I’ve feel like I’ve been given a lot and I really enjoy helping people,” she said. “All of this has given me really great exposure to different fields and meeting new people, learning from new perspectives, and helping with professional skills. I’ve gained a lot from volunteering, not only for myself but I know it also helps those around me.”