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Blackwell, Young named University outstanding seniors

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Two Human Ecology students – Shae Nicole Blackwell and Danielle D. Young - were among the 14 recognized recently as University outstanding graduating seniors.

The awards, first given in 1999, recognize the significant contributions these seniors made to student life at K-State.

Blackwell, family studies and human services graduate from Hanston, served as K-State Salina student body vice president. She was part of the University Honor Council, K-State Salina Student Governing Association, Student Homecoming Committee and Dean Kuhlman's Enhancement Committee. She served as a K-State Salina Student Ambassador and was a receptionist in the K-State Salina admissions office.

She also was a Telefund coach; a member of the Sustainability Club and Family Studies and Human Services Interest Group; and was named K-State Salina's Most Inspirational Student in 2010, student support services' Student of the Month for March 2010, the Student Governing Association's Senator of the Year for 2009 and received the 2009 Wildcat Pride Award for Determination.

"I'm now more aware of the importance of setting goals and the steps required to successfully achieve them," Blackwell said. "I have also realized the importance of defining and developing my own personal leadership style. Although my understanding of this process is still somewhat juvenile, I'm sure that where I am now is the place that I'm meant to grow from, with others around me that both help and hinder, and situations that will both frustrate and liberate. I still have a lot more to learn personally and professionally; my leadership journey has only just begun." She plans to pursue a master's degree in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University.

Danielle D. Young, family studies and human services graduate from Ulysses, was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma; was a member of Mortar Board senior honor society; was a campus tour guide, special tours coordinator, tour scheduler and Wildcat Warm-up director for new student services; and was in the Frontier Program.

"My leadership experiences have given me the opportunity to learn more about myself as a leader by working with others and learning from failure as well as successes," Young said. She plans to pursue a career in special event planning.

Directors and staff members in the Division of Student Life nominated candidates; Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, made the final selections.

"It's always a difficult decision to make because K-State has so many remarkable seniors who go out of their way to improve the campus experience for other students," Bosco said. "But this group's accomplishments really stand out."

This article was posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.