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Four Olivet College students awarded by Michigan Campus Compact
Apr 11, 2006

OLIVET, Mich. Four Olivet College students were recognized for demonstrating outstanding dedication to service throughout their educational career at the Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) Outstanding Student Service Awards ceremony April 8 in Lansing. Olivet students Justin Barnes, a junior from Portage; Kristin Bloomquist, a junior from Holt; Melissa Pennington, a senior from Nashville; and Kyle Vanderlaan, a junior from Belding, were among the 146 college students recognized at the statewide event.

Barnes, Pennington and Vanderlaan each received Heart and Soul awards for their time, effort and personal commitment to their communities through service. Bloomquist received the Commitment to Service Award for both the breadth and the depth of her community involvement.

Barnes was recognized for his assistance rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and for coordinating a house painting project for hurricane evacuees living in Olivet. He also serves as president of Alpha Omega, Olivets Christian student organization and coordinates a weekly trash walk to beautify the Olivet community.

Bloomquist was recognized for her volunteer work at Eaton Community Hospice, assisting with patient care, and the Oak Chest Thrift Shop, sorting merchandise. She also serves as a student ambassador for the Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center at Olivet.

Pennington was recognized for her volunteer work as a Sunday school teacher and junior high youth leader at Charlotte Assembly of God. She also mentors at-risk elementary students through the Kids Hope USA program.

Vanderlaan received his award for his assistance rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and for coordinating the Phi Alpha Pi Christmas party for elementary students. His college fraternity purchases gifts as well as hats and gloves for young children in the Olivet community.

MCC is a state-level non-profit organization that promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.


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