Each year, the Monmouth County Guidance Directors Association recognizes a senior from each high school throughout Monmouth County who has shown exceptional care and compassion to a cause, group or program during their high school years. Senior Grace Hubler was chosen as Trinity Hall’s recipient for the 2022-2023 school year for her service to her community and local churches.
Grace expressed, “To me, receiving this award is a thank you to my and countless others' hard work and dedication to the service of others. It is about using the gifts you possess to help other people. I think that the Caring Award is very special in that it is directed at young adults like me, who are not yet quite sure where life is going to take them but still take the time out of their days to help other people, which I feel is very special. As such, I feel so honored to have been chosen to represent my school through this award.”
For the Caring Award, Grace highlighted volunteer work that she did for local churches and through her Girl Scout troop. For the past four years, Grace has assisted with eighth-grade CCD classes at her church Holy Cross in Rumson, helping the teacher and answering questions from students. Because Grace received her confirmation at Holy Cross, she has mentored the eighth graders preparing to go through the confirmation process. As a part of her Girls Scout troop, Grace volunteered at a local bakery to pack pastries to give to those in need at Our Lady of Perpetual Help St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands.
Grace encourages everyone to get involved in their community. “You should never be afraid of wanting to do more to help your community. Each person has unique gifts that they can use to help work towards a common good. Whether it is volunteering at a local church or starting your own charity or even something as simple as being there for someone when they need it, there are numerous ways you can help brighten up somebody's day. The Caring Award shows us that there is no wrong way to be of service for others and that there are a myriad of ways you can care for them. Even if it may seem small to you, it can be very meaningful to someone else.”
Recipients of the Caring Award and their families are invited to an award ceremony hosted by The Monmouth County Guidance Directors Association. Each recipient was asked to film a video explaining the reason for receiving the award, and the videos are shown at the ceremony. Hear Grace talk about her work and how she gives back to her community here.