March 1, 2021
Senior recognized for volunteer service
Upper St. Clair High School senior Manjiri Palayekar has qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her service to the greater community.
Manjiri volunteered at a local senior care center – assisting wheelchair-bound seniors and helping with recreational activities. In addition, she served as a volunteer at Allegheny General Hospital, where she was a guide for newcomers to the hospital and a care cart volunteer – offering recreational tools and activities to patients.
According to Manjiri, her volunteer experiences have impacted her most in terms of having empathy for others.
“One of the most important things I have gained through volunteering is being able to meet so many new people from different backgrounds and experiences,” Manjiri said. “Meeting people who are significantly older than me, who do different day jobs, etc., has given me a lot of insight into what other people want from their lives.”
At Upper St. Clair High School, Manjiri is involved with the RPG Club (based on a game similar to Dungeons and Dragons), National Honor Society, and Art Club. Her award-winning artwork was recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition, last spring Manjiri and two of her classmates created Art for Joy to raise funds for the Greater Washington County Food Bank.
Manjiri, who will graduate this June, plans to pursue a science-related major in college.
“I want to do something in healthcare in the future, and I plan to follow a science major in college in order to fulfill this goal,” she said. “Other post-graduation plans include using my EMT credentials to get a job as a volunteer EMT in college and gain some more experience in the field I am aiming for.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. To qualify, young adults age 16-25 must volunteer a minimum of 100 hours to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.