A Robert C. Byrd High School student has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Kayla Means has always had a passion for animals and began volunteering at her local animal shelter when she was eight years old.
“It wasn’t necessarily something based on volunteer hours. It was just me going out and having fun,” said Means.
She applied for a scholarship and the committee realized she had enough community service hours for the award. The award recognizes U.S. citizens making a positive impact through volunteer work. Volunteer hours are measured over a year-long period.
“It means a lot. i think it’s pretty cool because it’s something that came all the way from the white house and I think that’s a pretty big honor that all my hard work over the years turned into something like this,” said Means.
All recipients receive a certificate, pin, and a congratulatory letter from the president.
Means says she plans to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College and hopes to continue her work with animals.