Exeter High School junior Jennifer Malicoat received a Presidential Spirit of Community Volunteer Service Award in honor of her exemplary volunteer service this year.
"The young people recognized by the Spirit of Community Awards demonstrate an enormous capacity for giving and reaching out to those in need," said Gerald N. Tirozzi, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) executive director. "NASSP is proud to honor them as they are wonderful examples of the high caliber of young people in our nations' schools today."
The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who volunteer significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country.
Malicoat earned the award by volunteering at HIS Children's Camp in Ridgley, and assisting with the Salvation Army Food Drive, March of Dimes collections, Share Your Christmas collections, Exeter Fire Department maintenance, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Block and the Exeter High School FFA recycling program.
Malicoat also participated in community clean-up days, helped remove ice storm debris for elderly residents in Exeter and led several community service activities.
The Presidential Spirit of Community Volunteer Service Award is sponsored by Prudential Financial and NASSP. Nearly 250,000 individuals have been considered for the honor since the program began in 1995.
"The recipients of these awards vividly demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said Arther F. Ryan, Prudential Financial chairman. "They truly deserve all of the praise and encouragement we can give them."
Spirit of Community Award nominees are judged on personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.
Malicoat is the daughter of Richard and Janice Malicoat, of Exeter.