LYNDON CENTER -- Nick Aiken, a senior at Lyndon Institute, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Lyndon Institute nominated Nick for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.
"The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community."
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCA's and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging.
Beyond school-related activities Nick has been an energetic volunteer. He has been actively involved in Upward Bound at Lyndon State College and has taken full advantage of their programs. He has contributed over 300 hours to the Volunteer Fire Department in his home town of Sheffield, and almost 200 hours to Lyndon State College, where he worked in stage management, the IT department and in the LSC radio station assisting with wiring and sound engineering. He has been active in his church community, as well as volunteering for the Vermont Music and Art Center and the Burklyn Arts Council (a nonprofit organization which brings the arts to schools and communities in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont).
Nick has balanced his academic pursuits with a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from sports to visual and performing arts. He has been a member of the football program for four years and captain for two, and he has served as the football training coordinator from 2010-2013. During his junior year, Nick participated in the JFK Leadership Conference in Boston and was a member of the Leadership Council at LI. Nick was nominated by the faculty to represent LI at the Vermont Green Mountain Boys State in the summer of 2014.
In the art arena, he was the winner of the Green Mountain Junior Duck Stamp award and competed in Norwich University's Juried Art Show (sponsored by the School of Architecture and Art) and the Vermont Congressional High School Art Competition (sponsored by Vermont Congressman Peter Welch). His efforts in art earned him a nomination to the National Art Honor Society, for which he serves as president this year. He has served on the Student Council for four years and is vice-president this year. He has also been an active member in the Environmental Club.
Nick is the son of Luke and Ann Marie Aiken of Sheffield.