Isabel Hetherington received the Community Impact Award from the New Canaan Community Foundation.

The award is given annually to a graduating senior selected by New Canaan High School faculty and staff who has a history of volunteerism.

Hetherington's also gave her the opportunity to recommend a nonprofit organization to receive a grant of $500 from the NCCF in her honor. She selected the Mikey Czech Foundation, established in 2008 by residents Jennifer and Steve Czech after their 11-year-old son Mikey died from a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. The Mickey Czech Foundation aims to help increase awareness of and ultimately to cure pediatric brain tumors.

Hetherington participated in fundraising events for the Mikey Czech Foundation, and knows Mikey's sister, Sydney, from NCHS sports teams.

"I wanted to make a difference here in our home town," she said.

Cynthia Gorey, executive director the New Canaan Community Foundation, said she admired Hetherington's vision.

"On behalf of the community foundation, I am pleased that we can help Isabel demonstrate her charitable spirit through this grant. This award is about so much more than earning good grades at school; it shows students that volunteering can really make a difference in people's lives," she said.