• Awards

    Youth service work is rewarding for our students in many ways. Several local, statewide and national youth service awards recognize the amazing work of our students. Anoka-Hennepin School District participates in the following award programs:

    • President's Volunteer Service award: Granted to all students that meet the minimum service hour requirement.
    • Jefferson award/Students in Action: One award is given each month at each high school, based on nominations.
    • Lettering: Students may earn a high school letter in Service Club if requirements are met.

    Service work at our high school gives students exposure to leadership skills while working collaboratively with other students, staff and community organizations. In addition, the experience will help students build a service transcript and work to include on future resumes.

  • Jefferson Award

     Anoka High School has been selected as an official Jefferson Awards Leadership School. We are honored to join this national movement as we strive to strengthen our school’s culture of volunteerism and develop the leadership skills of our students though service.


     In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard started the Jefferson Awards to create a prestigious recognition system for public service in America. The mission of the Jefferson Awards is to honor Americans who have performed outstanding public service and inspire others to follow their example.

     Over the past forty years many extraordinary Americans have received the annual national awards, but the most outstanding winners are the thousands of local “Unsung Heroes” – ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, who are honored for their contributions.

     As a Jefferson Awards Service Leadership School, we will serve as a role model for other schools around the state - and the country- to emulate. Each school’s faculty leadership and student service leaders are helping pass the tradition of volunteer service to future generations, while promoting a culture of volunteerism, youth ethics and leadership.

     Anoka High School High School Jefferson Award Nomination Deadlines-End of Every Month, starting in October



















    Kelly Grew   763-506-6213   kelly.grew@ahschools.us




  • The President’s Volunteer Service Award

    The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created to recognize the tens of millions of American’s who have made a sustained commitment to volunteer service.  The Award is given to individuals, families and groups that have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation over the course of a 12 month period.  The current 12 month period is January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018.

    To earn the award, individuals, families and groups must submit their volunteer records for review and verification. Activities should be unpaid and may not include court ordered community service or service while incarcerated.


    Mission trips or camp volunteer hours – count only actual working hours.  Do not count travel hours, recreation time or sleeping hours.

    Recipients receive: 

    • An official President’s Volunteer Service Award pin
    • A personalized certificate of achievement
    • A note of congratulations from the President of the United States