East Meadow High School Juniors Earn NCFJE Good Deed Award

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Recognized for their upstanding citizenship and community service, East Meadow High School juniors Kristen Kavanagh and Shermeen Khan have earned the 2017 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers from the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education.
 
According to the NCFJE website, the Good Deed Award Program recognizes outstanding caring and courageous students whose independent good deeds contribute to the community’s quality of life. These students embody the characteristics of compassion, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty and responsibility.

Both students were nominated by their guidance counselor, Joanna Silberman, for sharing their time, talents and resources with the community.

With a genuine, caring and humble personality, Kristen expresses her school spirit in numerous ways. She volunteers to decorate the halls for various activities, has helped build a homecoming float, performs at sporting events, pep rallies and parades as a member of the high school’s kickline team, the Rockettes, and serves as co-president of the Student Alliance for Equality. She is also a member of several honor societies.

Last year, following a rigorous interview process, Kristen was the only East Meadow High School sophomore to represent the school as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador. She joined teenagers from throughout the region at a HOBY leadership conference, where she collaborated with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current world issues.

Beyond her school involvement, Kristen has been a Girl Scout for more than 12 years and earned her Gold Award with her community service project, SMILE – Smile, Manners, Interpersonal skills, Listen, Eye contact – to emphasize the importance of social interaction among middle school students. For her project, she designed interactive workshops that used games, role playing and technology to instill “old school values” and help children adopt better decision-making and social skills.

With a passion for service since middle school, Shermeen is active in numerous clubs and organizations, and is an activist for the Muslim and Hindu communities.

 Enrolled in challenging Advanced Placement and college-level courses, Shermeen is a member of the National, Science, Spanish and Social Studies honor societies, for which she assists in fundraising, tutors younger children and upholds the honor and duties of each chapter. She is also president of Key Club, public relations director and secretary of the Ethnic Awareness Club and secretary of Future Business Leaders of America.

As Key Club president, Shermeen has exercised leadership and performed countless hours of volunteer work throughout Long Island and New York State. As part of her service, she has been the chairperson of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, a position in which she has campaigned and raised money, conducted safety presentations, and publicized information about hazardous situations children may encounter for students, parents and caregivers. Additionally, she was elected New York District Lieutenant Governor for District 6, where she leads and motivates students from 12 local high school Key Clubs. She creates newsletters, develops training workshops, and motivates and inspires others to give back to their community in a variety of ways.

Within her community, Shermeen conducted extensive research and created a petition that received over 700 signatures requesting the East Meadow School District to consider recognizing Muslim and Hindu holidays in the school calendar. Her proposal was accepted, and the district will be recognizing these religious holidays in the upcoming school year calendar.

The district commends both Kristen and Shermeen for making the East Meadow school community exceptional through their positive contributions and dedicated involvement.