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FHS Senior Maleeha Akhtar Recognized for Volunteer Service

Maleeha AkhtarFrisco, TX – Maleeha Akhtar, 17, of Karachi, Pakistan and a senior at Frisco High School has been 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 their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. Maleeha participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of Frisco High School in Frisco, TX where she is a student.

Maleeha earned her award by completing 213 Community Service Hours. Maleeha believes “It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”, a quote taken from one of her favorite authors, J.K. Rowling.

“Maleeha is a well traveled first generation American who has overcome many hardships to become a campus and community leader” says John Daggett, counselor at Frisco High School. “She has pursued the most rigorous academic programs, including the Advanced Health Sciences Technology classes, which will be of great assistance while preparing for her career in medicine. In addition to her academic pursuits, Maleeha serves as National Delegate for the American Red Cross, and as President of the Health Occupations Students of America chapter. Maleeha’s passion for the pursuit of medical knowledge is robust. She is a committed and focused young woman who will emerge as a leading physician in our community.”

Sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program recognizes young people across America for outstanding community service activities. More than 170,000 young people across America have been considered for these awards since the program began in 1995.

“All of these extraordinary young people exemplify the spirit of community that is so important to the future of our cities, towns and neighborhoods,” said Art Ryan, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By honoring them, we hope to not only give them the recognition they so richly deserve, but also to inspire others to follow their example.”

Program applications were distributed through all public and private middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs, Camp Fire USA councils and Volunteer Centers last September. After Local Honorees were named, state-level judges selected State Honorees, Distinguished Finalists and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact, and personal growth.

“We believe a thorough education includes many activities that occur outside the classroom,” said NASSP Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi. “We’re proud of these students because they recognize how important it is to play an active role in their communities by using their skills and talents to benefit others.”

NASSP, based in Reston, Va., is the preeminent leadership organization representing the nation’s middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring principals. Prudential, based in Newark, N.J., serves individual and institutional customers worldwide, offering a variety of products and services in the areas of insurance, investments, securities, banking and real estate.