Youth Service Award Winners
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Beckett K. Jones – Hilton Head Preparatory School

Beckett’s story started in Kazakhstan in an orphanage at birth. He was adopted when he was 10 months old. As a child of adoption, he has a keen awareness of gratitude. At age 17, he realized that he had received a second chance when he was adopted.

He volunteers at Bluffton Self Help and is a vital part of volunteering there. He has seen and witnessed families in need. He could have been one of those children in the back seat of the car needing food. At Bluffton Self Help, he has proved himself to be reliable, polite, and kind towards our neighbors in need and is a very hard worker.

As a competitive cross-country runner throughout his middle and high school years, Beckett knows what it is like to put in your best effort for the sake of a team. As an Eagle Scout, he has earned over 400 hours of community service and at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, instead of using that time as an excuse, Beckett used it as inspiration to become one of the first Hilton Head Prep students to thank the medical heroes in our community with handwritten notes, treats, and cards for hundreds of workers at our two hospitals, on and off the island.

Beckett will be attending the University of Richmond and plans to study business with a focus on finance.


Jennifer Elisabeth Richardson – Bluffton High School

Jennifer says “when it comes to selecting the organizations and project that she chooses to serve in, she typically does not turn an opportunity down. Each experience has given her different challenges to learn from”. Community service has included: student leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes including FCA Serve Camp, Town of Bluffton Youth Council Representative, volunteer at Low Country Community Church, Best Buddies Special Needs Children Peer Mentor, Youth Leader, First Baptist Church, Hilton Head, Children’s Ministry Volunteer, and VBS Volunteer.

She is passionate about serving others, showing them love and compassion, integrity, and commitment. It is important for her to create relationships with those around her and to get to know them in their walk of life.

In college, she plans to major either in nursing or biological science. She wants to become either a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant. She plans to serve others through missions using her knowledge of medicine both in a doctor’s office setting and travel around the world, providing healthcare to those who do not have access to it.


Edy Ann McGoldrick – Hilton Head High School

Edy has been very active both in community service as well as school service. During her four years in high school, she has been involved as RBC Heritage Volunteer, Junior Seahawk Softball Camp Coach, Loco Sports Marathon Registration Volunteer, St. Balrick’s Fundraiser Volunteer, Thanksgiving Food Drive Box Decorations, Tornado Supplies Drive, St. Luke’s Vacation Bible School Counselor, The Church Mouse Boutique Thrift Shop Volunteer, St. Luke’s Fall Festival Volunteer.

Her school service includes National Honor Society President, Student Government Association VP, Science National Honor Society Treasurer, Art National Honor Society, Interact Club, Outdoor Adventure Club Founder, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She plans to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in computer engineering and cybersecurity.


Addie Reese DeVaney – May River High School

Addie began volunteering at a young age when she was in the 5th grade. She started volunteering at her church since they did not have enough volunteers on Sunday. She taught 2-year-olds and now she is the lead preschool teacher for the young children. She has been a part of local and foreign mission trips to low-income neighborhoods in Costa Rica and Ecuador.”

She was instrumental in starting Student Government at May River High. She also brought Fellowship of Christian Athletes to the school. FCA does community service projects like clean-ups, hosts banquets, and has other programs specifically for women.

She says “service is defined as a willingness to donate time and talent to benefit others and create a better world”. The most valuable attributes that she has learned from service are patience, dedication, perseverance, time management, and flexibility.

Addie plans to attend USCB to obtain a degree in Hospitality Management. Her ultimate goal is to work for Disney.


Theodore Grant Oldham – John Paul II Catholic School

Theodore, or Teddy, as he is known to many, is an accomplished musician and plays the piano, violin, organist, DJ, and is a dance instructor. He has used his musical talents to volunteer and play live music at local nursing homes on Hilton Head and in Bluffton for many years. He has a passion for bringing joy to elderly people in his community. He has been active in beach cleanup. He has also helped elderly people to stay in their own homes by cleaning up storm debris when there is a need. He says the most important thing we can do as a community is give back to those who have helped us.

He is an example of a student who is committed to service, high expectations, innovation, excellence, leadership, and discipleship. His community service includes performing as a violinist for Saturday and Sunday masses as well as special events at his church. At Life Care, Memory Matters, Bloom, and Brookdale, he coordinates and designs music programs to encourage audience involvement.

He plans to attend Georgia Tech to pursue music technology in the music industry, specifically in the field of sound engineering.