Kate Fleming Wins 2021 John Ward Award

Jesse Lee ASP is excited to announce that the winner of the 2020 John Ward “Love in Action” Scholarship Award is Kate Fleming.

Kate is a recent graduate of Ridgefield High School and a 4-year participant of Appalachia Service Project. In addition to attending the trip, she has been a valued member of the ASP Orientation Team for the last three years as well as the ASP Music Team. Kate is so committed to ASP that when she wasn’t able to drive down with all the volunteers at the start of the week this past summer, she flew down mid-week to join her crew.

Kate is a member of The National Honor Society. While at Ridgefield High she was involved in the Nightingales A Cappella Group (holding roles as treasurer and soprano 1 section leader), RHS Theatre, RPS Friends Club and on the Varsity Swim and Dive Team. She was also an active member of Ridgefield Young Life.

She works as a sales associate at Sammy + Nat, a children’s clothing boutique and has volunteered at many places through National Charity League including the Women’s Center of Danbury, RVNAhealth, Meals on Wheels, Dorothy Day House and group COVID-19 relief efforts.

This fall Kate will be attending Loyola University in Maryland where she plans to study communications/journalism. We are very pleased to present her with this award.

John Ward

The John Ward Love in Action Award was established by Jesse Lee ASP in 2017 to honor John Ward’s 30th Appalachia Service Project Trip. It is a $1000 grant given each year to a high school senior who has participated in ASP and dedicated themself to other forms of community service.

Winners of the John Ward Award have been:

  • 2021 – Kate Fleming
  • 2020 – Matt Carpenter
  • 2019 – Miles Tullo
  • 2018 – Gillian Retter
  • 2017 – Petros Papadopolous