The post-primary students, who hail from all corners of Ireland, will be presented with €500 and an engraved silver medallion at the gala awards ceremony on 23rd March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin with special guest speaker Irish international rugby player, Jordi Murphy. At the gala, two of the 20 students will be named All-Ireland Youth Volunteers of the Year, receiving €1,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their school and an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States in May to participate in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards ceremony.
The programme is run in partnership with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) and the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI). The programme is also supported by Volunteer Now, Volunteer Ireland, Scouting Ireland and Foróige.
For more information about the 2017 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, follow the Pramerica Spirit of Community Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter feed @Pramerica_SOC.
The 20 finalists are: Emily Duffy, from Newcastle West, Co. Limerick Ashling Dunphy, from Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary Eric Flaherty, from Portumna, Co Galway. Lisa Gallagher, from Belmullet, Co Mayo Chelsea Gibson from Cashel, Co. Tipperary Aoife Gillespie from Stranorlar, Co. Donegal Chantelle Hutchinson from Belfast, Co Antrim Caitlin Kane, from Belfast, Co. Antrim Bartek Karpinski, from Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan Eoghan Kenny, from Mallow, Co. Cork Hannah Lyons, from Eglinton, Co. Derry Clíodhna Malone from Newbridge, Co Kildare Eimear Mansfield from Waterford, Co. Waterford Rachel McGowan, from Derry Matthew McNeive, from Knock, Co. Mayo Dylan Nesbitt from Convoy, Co. Donegal Olivia Price, from Belfast, Co. Antrim Lucia Quinney Mee, from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim Daniel Ritchie from Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim Martha Tuohy, from Portumna, Co. Galway