Midstate teen honored for anti-bullying efforts

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | May 13, 2011 8:20 AM

(Mechanicsburg) -- A Cumberland County middle school student is being recognized nationally for speaking out against bullying and destructive decisions. 14-year-old Hollywood Ruch is an eighth grade student at Mechanicsburg Middle School. He recently was honored with a "Prudential Spirit of Community Award" for outstanding volunteer work. Ruch, who was injured in an alcohol-related car crash when he was five years old, gives presentations at schools across the country to change the way students view bullying, substance abuse and drunk driving. He says volunteering begins on a small scale. "You can still take some time out to help someone who is being bullied, or help make the right decision, or just call someone who needs your help," he says. "Just help out in the small things in the community. Even if it's not something major, if everyone does something that makes a small impact, it will change the world." Ruch was named the top middle school volunteer in Pennsylvania. The high school honor for the state goes to 18-year-old Shoshanna Goldin of Allentown. Ruch says he will save the $1,000 received in award money to pay for college expenses.

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