More than 100 students, staff and community members attended the first Celebration of Student Leadership April 2. The office also will feature them in “Profiles in Leadership,” a book it compiles annually that features outstanding students, and will display posters of them in the Student Activities Center.

CELS also honored two community groups and one UofL staff member for their commitment to helping the community and working with UofL students.  

In addition, CELS gave red wagon-shaped pins to a total of 75 students who successfully completed its leadership training program. The office hopes the red wagon will become a symbol of student leadership.  

Here are the award winners:

Freshmen LEAD awards

LEAD Reflections Awards — Stephanie Dooper and Rukmini Yakanti

LEAD Service Project Award — Anmol Kanotra and Ansley Sheridan

LEAD Outstanding Participation Award — Kelsey Collins and Michael Menkhaus

True to Form Awards — Alex Cooper, Zach Herde, David LoDestro and Jerome Soldo

Task Force Freshmen

True to Form Award — Taylor Wilson and Alex Oyler

Cardinal Leadership Certificate Program

George Howe Leadership Award — Dejon Day

Engage Lead Serve Board

The Engage Award — Megan Nehus and Taylor Jackson

The Lead Award — Megan Mercer

The Serve Award — Joe Lacasse

Engage Lead Serve Red Wagon Awards — Jessica Nelson, Naseem Ansari, Morgan Jenny, Franklin Neff and Elizabeth Hammond

Community Partner of the Year — Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House

Cardinal Partner of the Year — The Parkland Boys and Girls Club

The Director’s Lincoln Award — Gerome Stephens, coordinator of Student Leadership, Office of Civic Engagement, Leadership and Service

Brandy Warren
Brandy Warren is coordinator for marketing and communications in UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing, where she manages special events and promotes UofL’s Division of Student Affairs. She previously worked at daily newspapers in Kentucky and Alabama.