Volunteering is a way of life for El Dorado High School senior Sierra Bonn, who also holds the title of Miss Frontier 2013.
That dedication to volunteering was recently recognized when she received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
The award was set up to honor people committed to community service.
Bonn said she got involved with HOBY, a youth conference for sophomores, a couple of years ago.
“They challenge us all to complete at least 100 service hours in a year,” she said.
Bonn decided to take that challenge.
“I wanted to get at least 100,” she said. “That was my goal. Once I hit 100, the bug kind of hit me. I wanted to do more.”
Not only did she meet the goal, but she exceeded it, compiling 258 service hours and earning the gold award, which included a letter from the president, certificate and pin.
In addition to the youth challenge, HOBY also has an adult program for people to reach 4,000 hours in their lifetime, which she said is her goal some day.
“I am challenging myself to do more this year,” she said.
Some of her service work has included partnering with the YMCA for a coat drive, donating blood and appearances through Miss Frontier, whose benefit organization is the Children’s Miracle Network.
“I think everyone should volunteer because I think those that have should help those who don’t have,” Bonn said.
She said the desire to volunteer is kind of ingrained in her. She has spent 12 years in Girl Scouts, for which she is currently working on her Gold Award for her project Goals Promote Success.
“All of these experiences have helped me realize there is more out there and it is not all about me,” she said.