A Wantagh teen was one of 2,200 young volunteers nationwide honored last month by the Kohl’s Department Stores’ for making a positive impact in their communities through volunteerism.
Jacklyn Sullivan, 17, is one of 102 youths from the state of New York that will receive a $50 gift card and recognition certificate from Kohl’s to honor their community service efforts. In 2012, Kohl’s is marking its 12th year of rewarding young volunteers.
Sullivan, who graduated from MacArthur High School in Levittown last month, was recognized for founding "Old Cleats for New Feet." Since forming the charitable initiative eight years ago, Sullivan has donated 13,000 pairs of soccer cleats to those in need.
Sullivan now qualifies for the chance to receive a $1,000 regional scholarship for post-secondary education, which Kohl’s will award later this month. Of the more than 200 regional winners, 10 national winners will each receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships and Kohl’s will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf.
In addition to her charitable contributions, Sullivan was also a distinguished student at MacArthur and is planning to attend Binghampton University in the fall. In May, Sullivan was one of seven Long Island seniors out of 250 students nationwide. She also received recognition this year for her research skills by being named in the Intel Science Talent Search competition this past January.