Urbana University students receive award from the Secretary of State

In honor of contributions to their community, two students from Urbana University (UU) in Ohio received praise from the Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner.

Jessica Friermood was recognized for her accomplishments as secretary of the Student Government Association, president of the Student Activities Committee and member of the UU Royal Blues Band. The double major in English and adolescent young adult education also wrote a play about an escaped slave from Kentucky, which was performed by the University Theatre Department. The production was part of a focus project on the Underground Railroad, which was funded in part by the Choose to Read Ohio grant.

Katie Rupley received the honor for her leadership as president of the Student Government Association, in addition to her accomplishments as a student ambassador, resident assistant and captain of the women's golf team.

The students received a document that states: "This Certificate of Commendation is tendered on behalf of the people of the State of Ohio as a small token of their gratitude and sincere appreciation for the tireless efforts of [Jessica Friermood/Katie Rupley]. By investing significant time, knowledge and resources in Urbana University, she has helped to ensure the continued excellence of the colleges and universities in the State of Ohio."

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