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Polk County Students Receive Presidential Award

Four students from Lakeland High School in Polk County were named recipients of the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the Florida Learn and Serve Conference last month in Orlando. The award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and recognizes individuals for their demonstrated commitment and valuable contributions to their communities.

The recipients are:

  • Heather Mallard, senior – Heather was recognized for her work with Teen Trendsetters, the UthMpact Coalition, the Interact Alliance’s Red Ribbon Run, and Habitat for Humanity. She also mentors students and is a classroom volunteer at local elementary schools.
  • Alyssa Martinez, sophomore – Alyssa was honored for her volunteer efforts to repair homes for the elderly, has helped the Interact Alliance’s Red Ribbon Run, coordinated efforts with a local community Halloween event for children. She also volunteers at a local elementary school and assists teachers at two local high schools.
  • Andrew Richardson, senior – Andrew was recognized for logging more than 500 community service hours. He is also the creator and director of the “HOPE-Rock with a Purpose” benefit concert, a music teacher to children, a member of the Anchor Amigos mentoring program and has been a participant of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
  • Alexandria Salmon, senior – Alexandria has volunteered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the “Baby and Me” program at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and the Polk County Animal Rescue Shelter. She also volunteers with a local veterinary office and the Elementary Education and Safe Schools departments of the school district.

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit