WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King recently announced that The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards has begun its 19th annual search for Maine’s top youth volunteers. The program, which recognizes two students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service, will solicit applications from Maine residents in grades 5-12 through Nov. 5. Students who are interested in applying or those seeking more information can visit spirit.pru dential.com.

Maine’s top middle level and high school youth volunteers for 2014 will be announced Feb. 11, 2014, and brought to Washington May 3-6, 2014, for four days of special recognition events, along with the top two applicants from every other state and the District of Columbia.