One of seven BPA students nationally to receive the award, Riaz was presented a Presidential Volunteer Service Award pin, a certificate of achievement, and a congratulatory letter signed by the President of the United States at the 2016 Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Boston earlier this month.
SkillsUSA students Kelley Krenek, Alexis Girouard, Delphine Djomo, Taylor Saputra and Spencer Williamson, along with advisors Patrick Powell and Bart Taylor, will receive the same awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., this June.
The President's Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard and measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.
This national award created from the White House and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve.
Riaz completed 254 hours of volunteer work through teaching at her Sunday School, assisting with the Larry J. Ringer Library's summer program, and other volunteer opportunities completed through extracurricular activities, including Student Council, Interact, HOSA, and BPA.
The SkillsUSA group completed more than 1,000 hours of community service this past year. Of that, 850 were in service to teachers and students in CSISD and 30 of them were in service to College Station and raising awareness of the hazards of disposing electronics through the Electronics for the Environment program.
On top of her service award, Riaz received the BPA Ambassador Torch Award. An Ambassador is defined as "a diplomatic official of the highest rank appointed and accredited as representative of the organization." She qualified for this award due to her service to BPA and to the community overall.