East Meadow Students Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

East Meadow Students Receive President’s Volunteer Service Award
W.T. Clarke High School senior Rachel Seong and East Meadow High School junior Shermeen Khan have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their exceptional voluntary work in the community.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award honors U.S. citizens who have volunteered significant amounts of their time over a 12-month period to assist their communities and their country.

Rachel has been volunteering at her local church, Yale Korean Presbyterian Church in Hicksville, since the age of 14. She is a teaching assistant for the church’s summer school program and attends mission trips to build mobile-friendly homes for disabled people through the church’s partnership with Group Mission Trips. As part of a mission trip last summer, she spent a week doing renovation work on a home for a family in Schenectady, New York. Over the course of one year, she volunteered 204 hours, meriting her designation as a silver award recipient.  

Outside of volunteering, Rachel is enrolled in numerous Advanced Placement courses and plays the clarinet, piano and tennis. She is interested in studying pharmaceutical sciences in college.
 
With her passion for serving others starting at an early age, Shermeen has been involved in the Kiwanis Kids club at George McVey Elementary School, the Builder’s Club at Woodland Middle School and the Key Club at East Meadow High School. She currently serves as the student chairperson for the North Shore University Hospital Foundation’s Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center, for which she organizes fundraisers, serves as a liaison between the organization and high school students, and speaks to volunteers and potential donors about the organization’s mission.

In addition to her volunteer service, Shermeen is a board member of her school’s Ethnic Awareness club and a member of the Math Team, Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Science Research, as well as the Science, Social Studies, Business, Spanish and National honor societies. She is also a member of Glamour Girls, which provides retirement home residents with cosmetic services such as hairstyling and manicures.   

The district commends Rachel and Shermeen for their exemplary service to the community and wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavors.