Five Clark County residents have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award, and 37 Clark County high school seniors have been nominated for the General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.
The two 2016 award recipients will be announced at a ceremony at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Fort Vancouver Artillery Barracks Building. The ceremony will be televised later on CVTV.
Selection for the Public Leadership award is based on demonstrated leadership ability, commitment to public service, academic achievement and potential for an ongoing active role in public service. The winner will receive a scholarship to participate in the Leadership Clark County program and a scholarship to visit the Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va., Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.
Nominees for the 2016 Marshall Public Leadership Award are: Chelsea Chunn, Craig Ebersole, Scott Schachterle, Paige Spratt and Jessica Tijerina-Turpeinen.
Selection for the Youth Leadership award is based on the nominees’ activities and projects demonstrating the values of Gen. Marshall.
Nominees for the 2016 Marshall Youth Leadership Award are: Autumn Beck, Fort Vancouver High School; Thomas Brennan, Hockinson High School; Elizabeth Bronder, Hudson’s Bay High School; Hallie Brosius, Hockinson High School; Kellen Butler, Battle Ground High School; Leticia Chacon, Fort Vancouver High School; Astrid DuBois, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Jorie Freitag, Seton Catholic High School; Trey Gullickson, Prairie High School; Jourdan Hale, Mountain View High School; Kaitlyn Hill, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Alana Jarvis, Battle Ground High School; Meleah Kainu, King’s Way Christian High School; Patrick Keller, Prairie High School; Makena Kerr, Fort Vancouver High School; Sarah Kleier, Columbia River High School; and Ethan Knight, Mountain View High School.
Also: Christina Lundy Mountain View High School; Matthew McBroom, Hudson’s Bay High School; Mackenna McClone, Seton Catholic High School; Deanna Medina, Fort Vancouver High School; Jenna Melanson, La Center High School; Christopher Mitchell, Mountain View High School; Cassidy Moe, Union High School; Nerissa Morrow, Evergreen High School; Xuan Nhi T. Nguyen, Fort Vancouver High School; Scout Osborne, La Center High School; Sequoia Pullella-Barca, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Clayton Rajewich, King’s Way Christian High School; Tristan Ryan, Seton Catholic High School; Zachary Sandoval, iTech Preparatory; Courtney Schmit, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Emily Torjusen, Vancouver iTech Preparatory; Emily Turcic, King’s Way Christian High School; Anais Urias, Seton Catholic High School; Max VanArnam, Ridgefield High School; and Makenzie Wilson, Vancouver iTech Preparatory.
The Youth Leadership Award winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship and a $500 paid summer internship with the Fort Vancouver National Trust.
Winners of both awards also will participate in Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.
The awards honor the legacy of Marshall, who lived in Vancouver from 1936 to 1938, serving as a brigadier general and commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade at Vancouver Barracks.
Marshall served as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II. He also served as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild the economies of Europe and the Pacific nations after the war.
“General Marshall’s contributions to our world, nation, and region provide a lasting example of selfless service and leadership that are in high demand today,” said Phil Haberthur, chair of the Marshall Public Leadership Award selection committee, in a press release. “This year, we received several outstanding candidates from across Clark County that exemplify some of the traits of General Marshall. It is inspiring to see the talented and capable leaders that live and work here in Clark County.”