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MISSOULA - Nate Jourdonnais, a senior at Big Sky High School in Missoula, was honored Wednesday for his outstanding service to the community.
Jourdonnais is one of Montana's top two youth volunteers chosen for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Nate organized a nine-month project to build a downtown Missoula bike shelter, providing cyclists a place to lock and protect their bikes.
He worked with the Non-profit Ecology Project International to help put the shelter in place, and says this kind of project is right up his alley.
"I've always been interested in the outdoors and the environment," Jourdonnais said. "So I wanted to do something that would stay for a while and help promote alternative modes of transportation so I thought this project was perfect for me."
Jourdonnais received $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. for several days of national recognition events, and an opportunity to be selected as one of ten America's top youth volunteers.