Student receives presidential recognition for serving community

Student receives presidential recognition for serving community
Posted on 03/23/2018
Chris Choi- Science Academy sophomore

A casual leisure weekend typically becomes the go-to for most after a busy week, but for Chris Choi, weekends are quite the opposite. 


The Science Academy sophomore from McAllen spends his weekends serving his community. He spends most Saturdays volunteering at the Edinburg Regional Hospital, and within two churches in his hometown. 


In a span of two years, Choi cited 463 hours of volunteer work, which earned him the President’s Volunteer Service Award. 


The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period, or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. 


Choi received a certificate and a letter from President Trump’s Administration for this achievement.


Not only is Choi active within his community, but he is just the same as a student at the Science Academy. 


He is involved in many extracurricular actives such as the debate team; CinTech, a student-led multi-media film club; running club and the Student’s Against Destructive Decisions organization.  


He also takes pride in serving in the Texas 4-H organization, which is part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and assists in healthy living projects. 


Choi wouldn’t have his time spent any other way. Volunteering and being active within different campus organizations is a way of life for Choi, and it won’t stop here. 


“I think it is great that people like me are getting recognized for their volunteer services,” said Choi. “A lot of students volunteer because it is a school requirement, but for me, it means a lot more than that. I’m not getting paid for my time, but my reward comes from seeing the benefits of my time serving, and serving is something I wish to do long-term.”