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SPPA Undergraduates Honored for Community Service

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Students in Action

 

UD leadership students Megan Wakelee (left) and Gillian Looney (center) receive special recognition from Wilmington Mayor James Baker (right) for their work with the Jefferson Awards Students in Action program.

Five UD students honored for outstanding community service


1:11 p.m., June 23, 2011--Five University of Delaware students were recognized for exceptional public and community service through the Jefferson Awards Students in Action (SIA) program during a ceremony held May 27 in Wilmington.

Cited were recent graduates Matt Binsted, Megan Wakelee, Gillian Looney, Stephanie Ottino and Katilin Wolfert, all organizational and community leadership majors in the School of Public Policy and Administration.

Sam Beard, president and co-founder of the Jefferson Awards, said, Our goal is to inspire students to lead in service. These honorees stand out. 

The UD students worked with Delaware high schools as leadership coaches through the SIA program. As coaches, they organized a statewide leadership conference for high school students and worked together to revise SIA leadership training to be more interactive. 

SIA trains high school students in leadership. It currently operates in 32 Delaware high schools and has a mission to dramatically increase teen service. In 2010-2011, students in the 32 participating high schools offered 237,112 volunteer hours, equivalent to a federally rated value of more than $4.9 million. 

The prestigious Jefferson Awards program was established in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft, Jr., and Beard with the intention of creating a Nobel Prize for public and community service.

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