Emi Stewart, a student at Summit Lakes Middle School, was honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
Emi volunteers at Harvester's Food Pantry packing backpacks and sorting food, volunteers at a consignment shop sorting clothes and also volunteers at Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the Ronald McDonald House.
"I like volunteering because we get to help other people, and it's fun," Emi said. "My favorite place to volunteer is the Ronald McDonald House because we get to make food and desserts."
Emi received a certificate recognizing her for the award from Dr. David Carlson, SLMS principal.
Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community-service activities. More than 370,000 young people have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.