Clinton High School’s Kaitlyn Royal has a long list of academic and service accomplishments. The senior was recently recognized for those services and presented with a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
According to Toni Blount, coordinator of college advising and scholarships, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service. Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amount of their time to serve their communities and their country.
“Kaitlyn has developed her leadership and service skills through her classwork, community work and through extra-curricular activities,” Blount stated.
Actively involved at the high school, Royal is the president of the Beta Club, Key Club and Fellowship of Student Athletes. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Christian Food Bank of Salemburg.
As the former Miss Clinton High School, Royal collected and distributed over 1,500 books to the children of Clinton City Schools.
“Kaitlyn is not a student that is nominated or elected to an officer position to just hold the position,” Blount explained. “She completely embraces the position with her entire being.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapter, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.
Blount nominated Royal for this achievement.
In addition to her volunteer work at school, Royal has volunteered at Sampson Regional Medical Center and attended a medical mission trip this past summer to assist a surgical team in Guatemala.
This fall, Royal will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a career in the medical field.
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