MacArthur High School junior John Hanna recently earned the SHIELD Award given by Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. The award is presented to a high school junior each year who has demonstrated academic achievement, character, commitment to self-growth and the spirit and initiative to bring positive change to the community.
A junior must fit the SHIELD criteria, which stands for Service, Honesty, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership and Duty. John was nominated for the award for his leadership and involvement at MacArthur High School, in the community and beyond. He was vice president of the school's student government and serves as president of the model congress club, vice president of the World Language Honor Society and is the captain of
MacArthur High School's Quiz Bowl team.
In addition, John traveled to Kenya for a three-week volunteer trip with his church group last summer where he helped build homes and was head of the donation committee on the trip which managed to garner $17,000. He represented the school at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar as a sophomore, has been involved in various local political campaigns and is a member of Levittown's 75th Anniversary Committee where he works on the committee's commemorative Levittown documentary.