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By Jo Heffner
Gateway held its Star Ambassador awards event in the Madrigrano Auditorium on the Kenosha Campus. Aaron Cole (left) is the new Elkhorn Campus Star Ambassador, Joshua Paul the Kenosha Campus Star Ambassador and Jacquita Hughes the Racine Campus Star Ambassador. Hughes was named the overall Gateway District Ambassador.
You could say that Jacquita Hughes, Joshua Paul and Aaron Cole are shining examples of everything that’s great about Gateway. The three recently were named Star Ambassadors for 2014. Hughes represents both the Racine Campus and the entire Gateway district, while Paul represents the Kenosha campus and Cole represents the Elkhorn/Burlington campuses.
The Star Ambassadors were chosen from a group of 24 nominees, and each winner received a $250 Gateway Foundation Scholarship. Nominees appeared before a panel of three judges and gave a five-minute presentation. The winner from each campus attended a banquet and received a certificate and a photo opportunity with Gateway President Bryan Albrecht.
“It’s a lovely process,” said Trina Barry, student life coordinator. “All 24 nominees have put their heart and soul into it. It’s a great opportunity for students to grow.”
During the one-year term as ambassador, the student has the opportunity to attend and speak at school events and meet new and prospective students.
Hughes, who recently graduated from the Human Services program, will attend a two-day state leadership conference in April in Madison, where each of the 16 district representatives will give a speech and learn new leadership skills.
“I’ve learned so much about myself while attending Gateway,” Hughes said. “The instructors that I’ve had have challenged me to recognize my talents and capabilities.”