Resolution K181-2011

Commending Paarth Shah, of Horseheads, on his designation as a State Honoree in the 16th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

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  • Mar 2, 2011: adopted

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commending Paarth Shah, of Horseheads, New York,
upon the occasion of his designation as a  State  Honoree  in  the  16th
Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to act, in accord with
its  long-standing  traditions, honoring the youth of today, and leaders
of tomorrow, whose character and achievements exemplify the  ideals  and
values cherished by this great State and nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Paarth  Shah  has  distinguished  himself  as a young man of
superlative ability, establishing a high standard of community  service,
purposefulness  of  life, and sense of responsibility rarely achieved in
youthful years; and
  WHEREAS, Paarth Shah, age 16, of Horseheads, New York, and a Junior at
Horseheads High School, has achieved national recognition for  exemplary
volunteer  service  by being named a 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community
State Honoree; he was nominated for this high honor by  Horseheads  High
School; and
  WHEREAS, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, created in 1995 by
Prudential  Financial  in  partnership  with the National Association of
Secondary School Principals  (NASSP),  are  designed  to  emphasize  the
importance  our nation places on service to others, and to encourage all
young Americans to contribute to their communities; and
  WHEREAS, As one of only two New York State Honorees, Paarth Shah  will
receive  a  monetary  award, an engraved silver medallion, and a trip to
Washington, D.C., April 30-May 3, 2011, for a series of national  recog-
nition events; and
  WHEREAS,  Paarth  Shah raised $23,000 to renovate computer lab facili-
ties at schools in India; during a trip to India  with  his  parents  in
2003, Paarth was struck by the level of poverty he saw there; and
  WHEREAS,  Three years later when he saw TV news reports of flooding in
the town of Surat, Paarth Shah was deeply saddened by the loss  of  life
and  property  due to the torrential rains and ravaging waters and every
time he would eat, drink or have fun, the  thought  of  those  in  Surat
plagued him; and
  WHEREAS, Paarth Shah decided to do something to help and recruited two
friends  to  help  him  raise  money by conducting a penny drive, making
presentations to  local  businesses  and  community  organizations,  and
appealing for donations at local Indian events; and
  WHEREAS,  As  a  result of these efforts, Paarth returned to India and
provided funds to renovate computer lab facilities  at  two  schools  in
Surat  and to install 60 computers, benefiting more than 3,000 students;
and
  WHEREAS, He also conducted a workshop for the students on  the  impor-
tance of community service; and
  WHEREAS, Also,  while  he was in India, Paarth Shah encountered a poor
woman crying in the street because her son had died and she didn't  have
the money to cremate him; Paarth is now working to raise enough money to
build a crematorium for the village; and
  WHEREAS,  The  success  of  the State of New York, the strength of our
communities, and the vitality of American society depend, in great meas-
ure, upon the dedication of young people like Paarth Shah who use  their
considerable talents and resources to serve others; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is moved to honor Paarth Shah, commend-
ing  him  for  his outstanding record of volunteer service, peer leader-
ship, and community service and recognizing the value of his labors  and
the promise of his future; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations with
praise and pride to commend Paarth Shah  for  his  achievements  and  to
extend  to  him the best wishes of this Legislative Body for a future of
purposeful success and well-being, fully confident of  his  response  to
the  challenges  of  a promising future and appreciative of the model he
represents for all young people of the Empire State; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Paarth Shah.

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