Cristian Garay, Sophomore, Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award


Justan Benson

Cristian Garay, 10, receives the President’s Volunteer Service award from Principal Hughes Wednesday , March 2.

Houston, Texas – Cristian Garay, 17, of Houston, A student at Langham Creek High School, 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.

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

When asked about the rewards of volunteering, Cristian said, “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.”

Langham Creek Principal David Hughes said, “Cristian is a fine young man who always has a smile on his face.  He naturally wants to help others and make other people feel good.  Helping others brings him great satisfaction.”

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.  “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.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti.  “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”


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.