A Perkiomen Valley High School junior was recognized byWidener University for her ‘outstanding civic
contribution and leadership.”
Cassidy Mattiola, of Trappe, was one of 134 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware recognized with the university's High School Leadership Award for demonstrating courage and leadership.
Mattiola is an active member of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization and the Teen Talk Line. Mattiola is also involved in the Link Crew, a program designed to assist freshman transitioning into high school.
Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools, according to the school.
"The turnout of nominations this year was remarkable and the level of civic engagement among the winners is truly inspiring," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "Our mission at Widener is deeply rooted in service, leadership and community, making this program extremely special to the university.”
Winners of the award will receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years to attend the school, and will be celebrated at a breakfast at the National Constitution Center in March.
In December, Mattiola ran for 'Miss Teen Pennsylvania 2014'.