Varsity Letters

 United Way of Washtenaw County Awards Varsity Letters for Community Service 


July 7, 2021 (Ann Arbor, MI) - United Way of Washtenaw County awarded 17 local students with a varsity letter from their local high school in recognition of outstanding community service during the 2020-2021 school year. This year’s group contributed 3,331 volunteer hours donated back into the community.

The Varsity Letter in Community Service recognizes high school students for their outstanding volunteer work during the year by presenting them with a high school-specific varsity letter in community service. Students participating in the program complete 145 hours of volunteer work and their hours are verified by the Labor Participation Committee. 

Each year one participating senior is selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship by the Huron Valley Area Labor Federation.  This year Brady Noble was selected for her outstanding community volunteer contributions.  Brady will be attending the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University and majoring in aviation management in the fall. 


Other students earning their varsity letter include:


Harshini Anand

Katherine Bajcz

Eva Erhardt

Anita Gaenko

Dhruva Gopalakrishnan

Christine Kang

Arya Kamat

Kash Keehl

Ayesha Nadeem


Hajirah Nadeem

Brady Noble

Elina Palapattu

Sophia Rich

Karinne Tennenbaum

Ella Thorne

Sakthi Vijay

Bavani Vijay


“Our next generation of leaders are emerging and developing their skills through volunteering,” shared Pam Smith, United Way President. “United Way is excited to support their development and recognize their achievement through our varsity letter program.”


The Organized Labor partnership with United Way began in 1946 and the objective is to effect positive change in our communities. It places emphasis on community service through volunteerism, education, information/referral, and support of United Way through employer-based giving campaigns and contributions from local unions and their staff.   


About United Way of Washtenaw County

As part of our 100-year history, the United Way of Washtenaw County brings people, agencies and resources together to create a thriving community for everyone. Our focus areas of Health, Education and Financial Stability provide the building blocks to strengthen the community and create opportunities for individuals and families. Our virtual Volunteer Center is an easy, online way for people to connect with nonprofits in the community and our 2-1-1 helpline connects more than 8,000 people annually to critically needed services. To learn more, donate, or volunteer, visit