Westridge Junior Celine Tien Honored with President’s Volunteer Service Award

In 2009, Tien was offered the role of student writer after winning an annual Amazing Kids!, Random House sponsored writing competition. She became the magazine’s Non-Fiction Editor for the magazine in early 2011.

“Since I can remember I’ve been enthralled by the world of words,” Tien said. “Through this meaningful platform with Amazing Kids!, I am able to share that passion with young readers.”

Established in 2003, the President’s Volunteer Service Award is available on an annual basis to individuals, groups, and families who have met or exceeded requirements for volunteer service and have demonstrated exemplary citizenship through volunteering. Tien has earned the “Bronze” level of the award.

The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a group created by President Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making to our Nation. Chaired by two-time Super Bowl Champion Darrell Green, with former U.S. Senators Bob Dole and John Glenn as honorary co-chairs, the Council comprises leaders in government, media, entertainment, business, education, nonprofits and volunteer service organizations, and community volunteering.

“Service to others is an important component of a Westridge education,” says Westridge Head of School  Elizabeth J. McGregor. “We are always heartened when students take the initiative outside of school to actively make a difference. We are so thrilled that Celine has received this tribute for her commitment to literacy and to the youth in the Pasadena community and beyond.”

Founded in 1913, Westridge School is an independent day school for college bound girls grades 4-12. Westridge strives to develop young women whose joy in learning, personal ideals, commitment to ethical action, social and environmental responsibility, courage and compassion will lead them to meaningful lives as contributing citizens of the larger world. For more information about the school, visit www.westridge.org.

Founded in 1998, Amazing Kids!’ mission is to help inspire kids to discover their own unique gifts and to use them in positive and productive ways to make a difference in their lives and in the communities in which they live. The Amazing Kids! of the Month stories, and the other literacy and creativity-building programs for kids found on the Amazing Kids!’ website are meant to inspire kids and teens to discover and explore their own gifts, and in doing so, children will have a greater opportunity to one day realize their amazing potential and launch their dreams. Amazing Kids! has a long history of volunteer service, and more than 200 volunteers perform community service each year on behalf of the organization.

For more information about how to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award and to find out how to identify additional volunteer opportunities in this area, visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov or call 1-866-545-5307.

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