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The good deeds of Reedsburg Area High School student Jordyn Schara are known around the area, the state and even the nation.

Now, Schara’s work has received recognition in another part of the world.

Schara, 17, and a group of young volunteers from Wisconsin and Illinois, took an all-expenses-paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden, this month and captured third prize in the Volvo Adventure program.

When Schara was 14, she founded a program to promote efforts to collect and dispose of unused pharmaceuticals. She obtained funding for the project and did most of the organizing and publicity work on her own. When she found a similar program organized by students in Illinois, she joined forces with them to expand the program, now in use in 20 communities.

Together, the students behind the program were invited to Sweden to compete in the Volvo Adventure, an educational program established to reward environmental activities and identify potential future leaders. The program is run through a partnership with the United Nations Environment Program.

The team won $4,000 for third place.

Schara traveled to Sweden with her mother, Krystal, and her older brother, Josh. The family returned in time for Jordyn to participate last week in the Miss Reedsburg Pageant.

The RAHS senior-to-be has earned recognition for many of her community service projects, including recognition from presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. She travels to make speeches and receive awards for her projects, including the prescription drug collection plan, another program to obtain and distribute drug lockboxes for families to secure their medications, and the “Foundation for HOPE (Helping our Teens Excel)” program that focuses on peer-to-peer mentorship to get youths involved in their communities.

Schara also will run a leg with the Olympic Torch this summer.