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YSU Honors College introduces 'Student of the Week'

“Seeing what fellow students accomplish can start a ripple effect that inspires others to try something new,” coordinator says.
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Youngstown State University student Brooke Schaefers, left, who spent four weeks in Tanzania, Africa, this past summer teaching English, was recognized earlier this semester as Honors Student of the Week. (Photo courtesy of YSU)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Honors College at Youngstown State University has launched Honors Student of the Week, a new initiative to recognize academic excellence, community engagement and student success.

Each week, the college will name an Honors Student of the Week as a way to share stories about student achievements.

Among students receiving the award this semester are Brooke Schaefers, who spent four weeks in Tanzania, Africa, this past summer teaching English; Moataz Abdelrasoul, one of 60 students nationwide participating in the Donald J. Weidner Summer for Undergraduates Program at Florida State University College of Law; Kelcey Norris, a multimedia journalist with The Jambar and a line producer for Penguin Rundown and Jambar TV; Brandon Maffit, a member of the Cleveland Browns Drumline; and Victoria Woods, a student member of the YSU Board of Trustees.

Lexi Rager, coordinator of Student Recruitment for the Honors College, said the initiative has the potential to go beyond recognizing one student per week. “Seeing what fellow students accomplish can start a ripple effect that inspires others to try something new,” she said.

The Honors Student of the Week is announced each Sunday in the college’s weekly e-newsletter sent to Honors College students, staff and faculty and also posted on the YSU website. 

Read about past Honors College Students of the Week here.