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Dulaney senior recognized for his trail of good deeds

Dulaney High School senior Vinay Khosla recently received the Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award through Catholic Charities for his numerous community service efforts.
Dulaney High School senior Vinay Khosla recently received the Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award through Catholic Charities for his numerous community service efforts. (Laura Khosla)

Vinay Khosla is a busy young man. As a senior at Dulaney High School, Vinay is a terrific student and a top cross country and track athlete who also serves as the Maryland state treasurer for the Future Business Leaders of America.

He’s a member of the National Honor Society and holds leadership positions in the Student Government and the Key Club. But what really sets Khosla apart is his commitment to his community through service, especially his work with Catholic Charities as a volunteer with Our Daily Bread and St Vincent’s Villa.

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In fact, Vinay recently was awarded the Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award for his outstanding selflessness and care for his community. The award is in memory of Anne Lindsey Otenasek, an energetic teenaged Catholic Charities volunteer who died in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

The youth service award in her name honors and perpetuates her spirit and personal commitment to helping others and is given to a high school or college individual or group that shows outstanding volunteer commitment to Catholic Charities.

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In accepting the award as a part of a virtual ceremony and weeklong celebration, Khosla noted, “I am so honored and blessed to have been selected to receive the Anne Lindsey Otenasek Youth Service Award. Catholic Charities has been such a big part of my service journey as well as my growth as both a leader, student and person.

Despite being just 17 years old, Khosla has been a longtime volunteer at Catholic Charities. For years, he had been a part of the annual Season of Wonder at St Vincent’s Villa, which includes wrapping presents and decorating various parts of the residential treatment center for children as young as 5 who have significant behavioral or emotional challenges.

He also has organized members of the Dulaney Key Club to volunteer at Our Daily Bread Employment Center to serve meals on Sunday mornings on a biweekly basis. Vinay explained that “volunteering at Our Daily Bread Employment Center in Baltimore and at St. Vincent’s Villa in Timonium have opened my eyes to the plights of people who live only 15 or 20 minutes away from me, and in this way I have become increasingly aware of my own privilege and, therefore, obligation to help those around me in any way I can.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Vinay expanded his service to the community when he helped organize the Baltimore County Mask Makers to provide masks by matching up makers with those that were seeking them at a time when there was a dire need. Khosla explained, “I only hope I have impacted someone’s life through Catholic Charities because that is really what this is all about. I’m excited to keep contributing to my community through this amazing organization.” Congratulations to Vinay on a well-deserved honor.

Next up for Catholic Charities is Comfort & Joy, a monthlong series designed to share a little Christmas spirit each day. It’s all digital and will feature mini-concerts; exclusive cookie recipes; moving reflections; and good, old-fashioned seasonal fun. All of it is free, with something new every day in December and can be enjoyed virtually at ComfortandJoy2020.org.

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