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The 2015 Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award

On Friday, May 8, 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 9. 
 
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 Alyssa Bish (third from left). In providing a personal narrative that describes her philosophy about service, Bish wrote in part: "I have based the entirety of my life on one basic principle, one which many of us are taught when we are young: Do unto others as you wish them to do unto you."
 
The two finalists were Michaela Dahmer (left) and Jeremy Fricke (second from left).
 
In providing a personal narrative that describes her philosophy about service, Dahmer wrote in part: "My personal philosophy includes striving to make the world a better place everyday, but also striving to help others realize that they can make a difference."
 
Fricke wrote in part: "I believe this is a time in the history of humanity that we need a commitment to the freedom of belief; the freedom of conscience. We should be able to believe and express what we think, as well as allow others to do so in the process."
 
It was such an honor to recognize such amazing stewards of Service-Learning and civic engagement.
 


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