Abington Living Leadership Awards honor students, faculty, staff

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Penn State Abington students were honored for their peer-to-peer engagement.

Credit: Penn State Abington

ABINGTON, Pa. — The much-anticipated Penn State Abington Living Leadership Awards ceremony moved online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual awards celebrate the work of students and advisers, both as individuals and in groups.

"The Living Leadership Awards ceremony showcases the talent and leadership of our students, student employees, and student organizations and how they contribute to making Penn State Abington a dynamic and inclusive community,” Beth Bradley, associate director of Student Affairs and director of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL), said. “We are proud to acknowledge the spirit and determination of these great student leaders and remind them that their accomplishments are meaningful and their presence at Abington is important."

Tracy Reed, assistant director of SEAL, said the goal is to recognize those who go above and beyond to create peer-to-peer engagement.

“Moving online allowed us to show that the walls of the campus may have moved, but the spirit of our student body is still intact," she said.

And the winners are …

Student Awards

  • Above and Beyond: Taylor Wrazen
  • Dedication to Service Award: Ariel Bondarenko
  • Emerging Leader Award: Megan Aquias
  • Exemplary Senior Award: Jenna D’Entremont
  • Leader in Action: Jaleel Hunter
  • Model Resident Award: Re'naijah Purvis
  • Social Justice/Inclusion Programming Award: Mohammad Nijim
  • Outstanding Student Employee Award: Taylor Nguyen and Ethan Durand
  • Penn Stater of the Year: Merideth Corley
  • Standout Leader Award: Kaeli Whalley

Student Organization Awards 

  • Academic Advancement Award: Engineering Club
  • Creativity and Innovation Award: Black Student Union
  • Cultural Excellence Award: Asian Student Association and South Asian Student Association
  • Emerging Organization of the Year Award: Health and Humanities and Pre- Health
  • Living the Mission Award: Abington Campus Entertainment and Abington Christian Fellowship
  • Outstanding Community Engagement Award: Community Outreach Workers and Education Club
  • Outstanding Program Award: Time Warp Dance – Black Student Union
  • Virtual Heroes Recognition: Abington Anime and Gaming Club and Hillel

Faculty/Staff Awards

  • Chief Ogontz Award: Lisa Chewning, Associate Professor of Corporate Communication
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor: Tracy Reed, Assistant Director, Student Engagement and Leadership
  • Unsung Hero Award: Olga Moskaleva, Regional Global Education Coordinator

Watch the Living Leadership Awards ceremony in its entirety on YouTube.

The student employee team comprised of Valara Cheristin, Clifford Dennis, Jordan Moore, and Nimai Nangunoori assisted Reed in developing the online awards ceremony.

About Penn State Abington 
Penn State Abington provides an affordable, accessible and high-impact education resulting in the success of a diverse student body. It is committed to student success through innovative approaches to 21st-century public higher education within a world-class research university. With about 3,700 students, Penn State Abington is a residential campus that offers baccalaureate degrees in 22 majors, undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more.