SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- Kathryn Kalaigian, a senior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, one of the highest honors recognizing Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.

This recognition was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

"It means so much to me to receive this award. Ever since I was in first grade and joined Girl Scouts, service has always been such a big part of my life," Kathryn said in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Making other people happy is definitely one of the best feelings and it's also really eye opening to see how great of an impact you can have on others."

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Kathryn has had an impressive range of service and leadership experiences beginning with younger students at school and church and the creation of the Sunshine Theatre Company group for senior citizens.

“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.”

Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients of the award are provided a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.