Way to Go: Jaymee Dietz
Wantagh teen Jaymee Dietz has been rewarded for outstanding contributions to the community.
The junior at MacArthur High School in Levittown received the 2013 Judy Bar David Scholarship Award from Temple B'nai Torah of Wantagh based on her "excellence and goodness," temple officials said. The award came with a $100 college scholarship.
Dietz's volunteer work includes serving holiday meals at a local soup kitchen through Island Harvest and holding cupcake sales to benefit families affected by superstorm Sandy.
"I like the response people give when you help them," said Dietz, 15. On the temple award, she said: "It meant a lot that people recognized my hard work."
Her other efforts include raising $3,000 by selling bracelets to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation and the American Liver Foundation. The bracelet sales are held in honor of her grandfather, who died of pancreatic and liver cancer, she said.
In addition, she has served as a teacher's aide at the temple for four years and is vice president of programming for its youth group. She also is in the Hebrew Union College's Miller High School Honors Program.
At MacArthur High she plays the sousaphone in the competitive marching band.