Chatham High School senior Gavin Mayes 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. Chatham High School nominated Mayes for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

Mayes' volunteer service includes his work through Boy Scouts, his service as an EMT in Chatham, his volunteerism at Christ the King Church in Chatham, and his roles in student government at CHS, among many other volunteer commitments.

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“My motivation to serve others and the community comes from a natural desire to do so," Mayes said. "George Washington once said that 'happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected' and I must say that this statement cannot be more accurate, at least for me.

"Being able to help others and to physically see the impact of your help is an awesome experience and one which I hope more people get to experience.”

Gavin’s counselor, Lisa Kool-Behr, said, “Gavin is one of the most passionate students I have ever encountered. He is exceptionally goal-oriented, and whatever task he sets out to accomplish, he consistently puts 100 percent effort and determination into it in order to be successful.”

Principal Darren Groh said, “Gavin has been a leader in our school and in the community since entering the high school. This recognition represents the time and energy Gavin has committed to helping others and we are proud of Gavin's selflessness.”

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.”