Walker Honors Walter Williams High Student Alex Pardue as Community Hero of the Month
BURLINGTON, N.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today honored Alex Pardue, a junior at Walter Williams High School in Burlington, as the Sixth District Community Hero of the Month for April 2018. The presentation was held at the Alamance County YMCA in Burlington with Burlington Mayor Ian Baltutis and Alamance County YMCA CEO Walter Britt in attendance.
Each month, Rep. Walker awards a constituent, business, or organization in his district for displaying extraordinary acts of service and for making a difference in the lives around them.
As a volunteer with the Alamance County YMCA, Pardue saw the YMCA as a popular spot for students after school. He also witnessed the food insecurity many students faced outside of school. Pardue collaborated with both ABSS and the YMCA to build a shelter at the Alamance County YMCA where meals could be provided to students through ABSS. Pardue helped raise $90,000 in donations to build the shelter.
“Alex saw a need in our community and instead of convincing himself of why it couldn’t be done, he sprung to action, collaborating with others to find a solution that will result in 100,000 meals being provided to hungry students each year,” Walker said. “Heroism isn’t about age, it’s about a heart of service and a willingness to put yourself before others. Alex embodies this spirit and the idea that age and capacity do not exempt anyone from the call to make a difference.”
“The YMCA is committed to strengthening our community through collaborations and partnerships, providing resources needed to achieve greater health and well-being for all,” Britt said. “Feeding hungry children is a great opportunity to assist in the strengthening of Alamance County. Alex’s commitment to this project has been integral in our cause and we are truly blessed by all of his efforts to serve others.”
Congratulations @ABSSWeb Williams HS Junior Alex Pardue, awarded the #CommunityHero Award for the month of April by @RepMarkWalker. Alex is the first minor to receive the award #Burlington @WFMY pic.twitter.com/vcMdzpchGc— Laura Brache WFMY (@laura_brache) April 5, 2018
Pardue also spends time serving his community in other ways. He is the Junior Class President at Walter Williams High School, plays on the golf team, serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, was recently elected Central District Chair for the NC Association of Student Councils, and has earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
He lives in Burlington with his parents, Joe and Margaret Pardue, as well as his sister, Amelia. Pardue was presented with a certificate and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.