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2016 Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award

On Wednesday, April 27, I had the honor and privilege of presenting the annual Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award to a graduating senior at Wayne State College (WSC) in Wayne, NE.
The award was created to showcase a graduating WSC senior who has served as an exemplary role model and contributed to the service ethos of the college campus and community at large during their college career. Selected students must have participated in at least one Service‐Learning academic or co‐curricular project/event while at WSC and have maintained good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher while in college. 
All of the applications received were excellent making the committee’s decision a very difficult one.
In addition to receiving a certificate and a ribboned medallion, the winner of this year’s award received a crystal trophy along with an gift of $500. The winner was also recognized during graduation commencement May 7, 2016. 
The two finalists each received a certificate, a ribboned medallion, and a crystal trophy along with a gift of $250.  
The winner of this year’s award is Dasirae Sieh (second from left). In providing a personal narrative that describes her philosophy about service, Sieh wrote in part: "My philosophy regarding service can be summed up into one word: selflessness. Genuine service reaps neither benefit or recognition".
The two finalists were Brandon Whitten (third from left) and Alexandria Filipowicz (second from right).
In providing a personal narrative that describes his philosophy about service, Whitten wrote in part: "Service is the opportunity to use an individual's skills and knowledge to help a is an act of selfless giving."
Filipowicz wrote in part: "I believe in a world where we should spread our love through the help and service that we give to others...I will continue to give to others in the future."
It was such an honor to recognize such amazing stewards of Service-Learning and civic engagement.

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