Makenzie White, Explorer West class of ’15, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from the 2017 Presidential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the Presidential’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Schools (NASSP), the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor young people from across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“Each of these students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartlett, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one person can have when they decide to make a difference.”
Makenzie was a leader in volunteerism at Explorer West Middle School. She advocated for important environmental issues and was part of the group that focused on community parks for kids of all abilities with her Change the World Project. Her group’s efforts led to the Seattle Parks Department choosing to design future parks for kids of all abilities, including kids with autism.
In 2016, Makenzie was accepted into the Sustainability Ambassadors program, a student leadership organization working to empower youth to catalyze community sustainability in the Puget Sound region.
“Way to go, Explorer West alum Makenzie,” said Mr. H, Explorer West Head of School. “We are so proud of your commitment to community service. You are going to be a leader for years to come – everywhere you go!”