Langham Creek student wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Cypress, TX (March 8, 2016) Langham Creek High School sophomore Cristian Garay has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Langham Creek High School nominated Cristian for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

Garay has volunteered for many school and community organizations including the Houston Food Bank and the Houston Livestock and Rodeo.

“When I give to the community, I feel a sense of accomplishment. In this relation, I’m not only giving to the community, I’m also giving to myself,” Garay said.

Langham Creek Principal David Hughes credited Garay for always having a smile on his face.

“Cristian is a fine young man. He naturally wants to help others and make other people feel good. Helping others brings him great satisfaction,” he said.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial, in a release. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates.  These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging. In addition to granting President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists, and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Courtesy of the District