On Thursday, Clark held their very first in-person event since the college went online. At the OSWALD awards students were recognized for their outstanding leadership from within the classroom to out in the community.
60 students were recognized in areas such as the classroom, campus workplaces, extra curricular clubs and programs. Along with the annual Penguin award presented by Clark College President Dr. Karin Edwards.
Prior to the event, each attendee had to go through a temperature check and health screening that asked a series of questions relating to COVID-19 symptoms. Each of the award winners were seated six feet apart in the Gaiser Hall student center where masks were also required.
ASCC President Josiah Joner addressed the crowd for the first time by thanking everyone who helped put the reception together and introduced Edwards.
Edwards presented a heart warming keynote address about leadership at the reception.
“Leadership requires someone to have integrity, someone to have humility, to be knowledgeable and also to be a visionary,” she said.
Each student who was nominated by an advisor, professor or staff member, received a short paragraph of recognition as they walked on stage to receive their award.
Edwards presented this year’s Penguin Award winner Lauren Boyce. The annual Penguin award is dedicated to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in all the areas above as well as in the community.
“This year’s award winner had dedicated her commitment to the Penguin community through the penguin pantry … Through this activism she worked to make sure students did not go hungry. It was a privilege to work with her during the penguin pantry distribution days, rain or shine. As she was always positive, professional and personable. Without her help we would not be able to be efficient at serving our students,” she said.
A recording of the event will be available on the Clark website soon.