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President’s award for Niles West student



Niles West High School student Rizwan Syed 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.

At Niles West, Rizwan has been involved in S.A.D.D. Club, Indo-Pak Club, Go Green Recycle Club and Quran Study. He is also a member of National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.

Rizwan volunteered 100 hours at Cambridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Skokie. He was inspired to volunteer after reading an article on the lives of senior citizens that detailed how lonely they were.

He said, “I started volunteering in May. I would help the seniors get from place to place. I would also talk to them, play games with them and help them with their therapy. In addition, I would read to them and put up posters for their enjoyment. I met everyone there and am on a first-name basis with most of them.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognize middle-level and high school students across American 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.

“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.”

Meanwhile, Niles North High School student Aisha Khan won the third place in the February “Love” 12 x 12 competition at Blick Art Materials, 1755 Maple Avenue in Evanston.

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