High School Senior Nikhita Gopisetty has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with the President's Volunteer Service Award, granted by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and person growth. Nikhita has logged over a thousand hours of volunteering locally, nationally and internationally.
A major area of her voluntarism has been focused on advocacy and mentoring of others like her that live with Type 1 Diabetes, including serving as a mentor for the American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA), and traveling to the Dominican Republic educating and empowering local diabetes communities on ways to improve their quality of life. Additionally, Nikhita has served as both Advocacy Ambassador and Children's Congress Delegate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where among many other accomplishments, she traveled to Washington DC to talk to Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Senators Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein, about renewing $150 million in federal funding to find a cure for the disease.
In addition to all that she has done for the Type 1 Diabetes community, Nikhita has volunteered in both the Greater Morgan Hill community and at Oakwood School, finding time to serve as Stage Manager for many Oakwood productions, participating in the Oakwood Girl Up Club, volunteering at bake sales and much more.
"Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them," said Prudential CEO Charles Lowery."Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer, too."
"Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate."
Congratulations Nikhita on receiving this well-deserved recognition!