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Sana Dhillon '23 Wins TONY Outstanding Youth Award
Lilly Higgins '16

Ursuline Academy student Sana Dhillon ‘23 has been named one of Ten Outstanding Norwood Youth (TONY), a distinction given to only 10 out of 90 teenage nominees in Norwood to recognize their dedication to service and to giving their time, effort, and talent to the community. The ceremony took place on Sunday, March 27, at the Orient Lodge in Norwood. Each TONY winner received a proclamation from Gov. Baker, a plaque, and a monetary award.

Dhillon is very familiar with the idea of Serviam, Ursuline Academy’s motto meaning “I will serve,” as she has given more than 200 hours of her time to service. Sana is involved in a myriad of community service activities in Norwood and even started her own non-profit organization called Girls Who Care in August 2020. Girls Who Care works to help save the environment and spread awareness through education on how we can be more sustainable. The organization has reached more than 150 students from the Norwood, Sharon, and Walpole areas.

Sana has been serving her community from a young age. She has been dancing since she was little and uses her passion for dance to perform at fundraising events. While in elementary school, she would perform at Big Help for Education, which is an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged children in India through education. Throughout her elementary and middle school years, she performed at many other events, raising awareness for causes such as racial justice, sickle-cell anemia, and Alzheimer's.

Since starting high school at Ursuline in 2019, she has been volunteering at places such as the Norwood Food Pantry and supporting causes through walks such as Light the Night and Making Strides. She also volunteers at Shishu Bharati School of Languages and Culture of India, helping young students learn about their heritage and the Hindi language. “It is important for me to give back to the school that gave me the gift of understanding my heritage.”

Sana is passionate about protecting the earth we live on and teaching people how to preserve it for future generations. She believes that young people are the force that will enact such change in the world. She finds joy in using her talents and passions to give back to her community.