From L.A. Daily News by Barbara Jones:
A seventh-grader at the Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City was named Tuesday as one of America's top teenage volunteers in a national contest that recognizes outstanding community service.

Teagan Stedman, 13, of Thousand Oaks, received a Prudential Spirit of Community Award for organizing a series of concerts - he calls them shredfests - that has raised more than $70,000 for pediatric cancer research.

Four years ago, Teagan discovered that the brother of a classmate had cancer and was feeling very isolated.

"I wanted to do more than ask, `How is Alex doing?' all the time," he said. "I knew Alex liked to play music, so I thought if I put on a benefit concert, that would lift his spirits and the money raised would go to help all kids with cancer."

Since then, Teagan founded the nonprofit Shred Kids' Cancer, which has scheduled a shredfest concert for April.

Teagan and Allyson Ahlstrom of Santa Rosa, California's senior-high winner, will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 17-year-old founded Threads for Teens, a boutique that has allowed 250 girls in need to select two free outfits.

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