Nicole Jeffries, a senior at Western Center Academy (WCA), received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for the number of hours she volunteered in the community. The award is presented to Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities. The award is granted by Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Jeffries has dedicated 204.5 volunteer hours as of the beginning of the school year. She volunteers at Therapeutic Horsemanship Equestrian (T.H.E) Center which works with children and adults with disabilities, participates in beach cleanups, and various other events to help the community. When Jeffries was in 10th grade she approached the new counselor, Tamara Su’eSu’e at school and asked her if she could start a community service club on campus. Su’eSu’e said the club is now thriving with 25-30 members.
Jeffries has not only been a dedicated community member, but a dedicated student at WCA. She has a 4.65 Grade Point Average and will graduate high school with almost 40 college credits. She plans on attending University of California, Davis to attend their veterinary school and get her masters at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to gain a more hands-on approach.
Jeffries is currently working on training the younger students to take over the Community Service Club after she graduates. She said volunteering has changed her life and she is happy to have given this opportunities to other students on campus.
Congratulations Nicole Jeffries on the President’s Volunteer Service Award and for making a difference in the community!