March 5, 2014 Students receive Black History Month awards
On Feb. 26, Central Penn College celebrated Black History Month during an energetic and uplifting luncheon, which included a poetic performance from James Axel and vocal performances by Cassandra J. Porter. In the photo, left to right, are the four deserving students who received awards: Anthony Clagett, Liandra Jackson, Amanda Kloehr and Kendra Elliott.
- Rosa Parks award for academic excellence – Kendra Elliott, an entrepreneurship and small business major. She has maintained exemplary grades and proactively submitted assignments ahead of time, while serving as president of the Student Government Association, president of the International Society Club and participating in the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. A staff member says that Elliot “demonstrated a fierce intelligence while running a small business and raising a family as a continuing education student.” Elliot is owner of a demolition company, is opening a children’s retail store and works in Central Penn’s advising center. She resides in Lebanon with her husband and two children, ages three and five.
- C. Delores Tucker award for community service – Amanda Kloehr, a corporate communications major from Enola. Kloehr speaks to local, national and regional groups on the dangers of distracted driving. Having experienced a car crash due to distracted driving, Kloehr has turned her personal tragedy into a motivating factor for herself and others. She has provided service to our country through the United States Air Force, and has maintained stellar grades during her tenure at Central Penn. Kloehr has been involved with the Public Relations club, Knight Writer club and has had literary work published in “The Central Pen.”
- Martin Luther King Jr. award for leadership – Liandra Jackson, a legal studies major from East Stroudsburg. Described by other students as a “well-respected, inspirational leader,” Jackson has served different officer roles as a member of the Rainbow Society, an LGBTQIA group. She is currently president of the club. Jackson advocates for civil rights and the LGBTQIA community, and was described by a staff member as a person who “creates a friendly, supportive and educating campus for all people.”
- Rev. Olin Harris award for character – Anthony Clagett, a corporate communications major from Washington, D.C. He models the college’s Big Eight Philosophies for other students, including dressing professionally and exhibiting excellent personal conduct and attitude. He is described by an athletic coach as a “good student with a great reputation.” Clagett volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club, and has been described as a “person with unwavering character” and “honorable.”
Students, faculty and staff received words of wisdom from Central Penn College board member and board vice chair Dr. Carol Spigner, Central Penn Professor Samuel Morgan and Joseph Robinson, Jr., president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Development Institute & executive director of the South Central PA Sickle Cell Council.