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McPherson College Student Named National Underclassman of the Year

posted Sep 18, 2012 in ACADEMICS

The student branch of the National Education Association has honored a McPherson College student with the Jeffrey "J.D." Miler Outstanding Underclassman Award.

Colby Patton, sophomore, Maize, Kan., received the national award given annually to a freshman or sophomore providing excellent leadership in the local student program of the National Education Association. At McPherson College, Patton has helped the "Teachers of Tomorrow" club to thrive.

Though winning the prestigious award is a fact that hasn't fully sunk in yet, Patton said she was grateful for the honor.

"It boosted my confidence and helped me realize I was doing beneficial things not only for myself but all of Teachers of Tomorrow," Patton said.

In her first year at McPherson College, Patton has served on the clubs Prospective Student committee, helping lead recruitment days and create marketing materials; helped obtain an entrepreneurial "Horizon Fund" grant from the college to create a local tutoring program; and tutored beginning Spanish students.

Dr. Shay Maclin, assistant professor of education, said Patton was a clear choice to receive the award. She said her commitment and passion for education have been obvious even this early in her college career.

"Her actions and professionalism ranks with some seasoned seniors. As a professor and advisor to our student group, I feel truly blessed and assured to know that we have Colby to continue the torch of learning and educating our future," Dr. Maclin said. "She is an amazing young woman, whose love, dedication, and impeccable attention to detail will assist us all in building a better tomorrow."

Patton will be honored with the award in Topeka with a special ceremony this week.

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