Long Beach High School junior Shannon Romig received a total of three national and state awards acknowledging exceptional service to her community.
The first award was a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community program, a nationwide program that honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Shannon was also honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, in recognition and appreciation of her commitment to strengthening our nation and making a difference through volunteer service.
“In my inaugural address, I stated that we need a new era of responsibility and recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world,” stated President Barack Obama in a letter addressed to Shannon. “Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise.”
Most recently, Shannon was selected as the Nassau Region recipient of the NYS PTA Youth Humanitarian Award in Honor of Stanley Marcus. According to the NYS PTA official website, the Stanley Marcus Award is presented to high school junior or senior students who best exemplify the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who died in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers.
Among her many volunteer activities, Shannon has been a key student organizer of the Long Beach Relay for Life. She also received a grant from Cablevision Power to Learn and MSG Varsity Charity of Champions to support a program of fundraising activities that she put together to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round not-for-profit camp for children and adults with disabilities. So far, with the help of fellow students and the grant money, she has raised over $4,000 for this worthy cause. Shannon, who is an accomplished Irish step dancer, also performs at area nursing homes to entertain residents.