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Byram Hills Junior Lila Zacks Receives St. Vincent's Hospital Youth Award

Lila ZacksCongratulations to Byram Hills junior, Lila Zacks, for receiving the 2021 St. Vincent's Hospital Youth Award. This prestigious award honors local high school students who best exemplify the hospital’s mission of charity, excellence in healthcare, and lifelong volunteering.

Lila has spent many years and countless hours volunteering at Pleasantville Cottage School, which helps children improve their lives through therapy and engagement. The school services children from seven to sixteen years of age.

During the pandemic, Lila also volunteered with a charity called 914 Cares. The organization accepts donations of clothing, diapers, and shoes for people in need.  Lila later became a member of the 914 Cares Advisory Board.

"Lila's dedication to her school and community is an inspiration.  She is a true community-builder,” said Mr. Gary McCarthy, Byram Hills High School Counselor. “Her commitment to organizations, such as the Grade Activities Board, High School Science Ambassadors, and her volunteer work at the Pleasantville Cottage School, are just a few examples of how she supports and enhances the education and well-being of her peers."

Although there will not be a traditional ceremony held in person this year, Lila’s accomplishments will be acknowledged through the U.S. Congressional Certificate of Achievement and the St.Vincent's Presidential Certificate.  The 2021 recipients will also be featured on the St.Vincent’s Youth Award website.