morgan-and-mcconnelMorgan Guess and Mitch McConnellWASHINGTON (5/8/14) — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Tuesday, Morgan Guess of Paducah, Ky., to his office in the United States Capitol.

Morgan, age 11, is a fifth grade student at Lone Oak Intermediate School, and was selected as one of ten national recipients of the 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Presented by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Prudential Financial, the Spirit of Community Award gives national recognition to high school and middle school students for their outstanding achievements in community service. This year, Kentucky was the only state to have two national honorees. Kinsey Morrison of Goshen, Ky. was a high school honoree.

After being a victim of bullying, Morgan wanted to be a part of the solution to combating bullying. She started a foundation to raise awareness of the problem of bullying in communities in Kentucky and across the country. Through speaking engagements, social media campaigns and anti-bullying marches, Morgan’s efforts have built local, state and national awareness.

“I appreciated Morgan sharing her story with me and hearing about her struggles. I applaud her for her admirable grassroots efforts to stop bullying. She is well deserving of this honor and the people of Kentucky are very proud of her,” Senator McConnell said.

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