(L to R) Featured with his proud parents and grandparents, Sam Mazmanian holds the plaque he received at an awards ceremony at William G. Davis Senior Public School, Cambridge.

The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise has selected Sam Mazmanian as the recipient of the 2012 Compassionate Kid’s Award

Mazmanian, 13, is a student at William G. Davis Public School. He was selected from nominations of elementary school students in Cambridge and North Dumfries attending public, separate, private, ethnic or home schools.

The award recognizes the outstanding contributions and achievements of a young person in our community, and will be presented at the school’s final assembly on June 28, 2012 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. The award includes a plaque and $500 for the charity/cause of the recipient’s choice.

School principal Dudley Brown says, "Sam is a wonderful young man that not only is a high achieving student but is well-liked by staff and students for his kindness to others and his hard work in the school and the community."

Mazmanian was chosen for his past volunteer work as a school soccer coach for younger children and as a music tutor. He has served as office helper and on the safety patrol team. His extracurricular volunteer work includes several years helping the Cambridge Firefighters Basket Fund, collecting scrap metal to raise money for his scout troop. In addition he is fundraising through pop can recycling for his church and various charities – a project he started with his sister.

In his spare time, Sam is involved with the Cambridge Aquajets and enjoys downhill skiing, biking, and playing in the school band.

The Rotary Club of Cambridge Sunrise introduced the award in 2011 to recognize and honour youth in our community who show a commitment to making the world a better place. Nominees are recognized for making life better for others and doing more than expected for their age.