Lynbrook High School senior Ashley Cegelski was recently recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award by the Corporation for National and Community Service for her exemplary volunteer service.
The award, which recognizes American students of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and country, was granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.
Lynbrook High School nominated Cegelski for national honors this fall in recognition for her volunteer service.
With a passion for special education, Cegelski has volunteered for the past three years with Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program and summer camp, dedicated to children and adults with special needs. She is also involved in the Student Kindergarten Internship Program where she volunteers throughout the week at the Lynbrook Kindergarten Center, working in the classrooms with younger students. Cegelski plans to pursue a career in special education once she leaves Lynbrook High School.
“Ashley is the type of person who does what she does because doing good is just what you do. Her work with Camp Anchor is extraordinary; it denotes service, yes, but it demonstrates a commitment to something other than the self,” said Principal Joseph Rainis. “Ashley is ever pleasant, she maintains excellent grades and she is the sort of individual one would hope to see recognized by Prudential in this manner. I am very happy for her. She is most deserving of this recognition.”