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Six Students Awarded Citizen Scholars at MSU

2012 Citizen Scholars: Lauren Bansbach, Amber Carr, Bethany Forrester, Anthony Hendrix, Casteel Kirk, Scott Turk
Photo credit: Missouri State University. From left: Lauren Bansbach, Amber Carr, Bethany Forrester, Anthony Hendrix, Casteel Kirk, Scott Turk

Last week, Missouri State University awarded a group of six students as the university’s third annual Citizen Scholars. These students are considered worthy representatives of the university’s Public Affairs Mission, which highlights student awareness of ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.

Before picking Citizen Scholars, MSU faculty examine student’s coursework, activities and service-learning involvement to see if it identifies with the school’s public affairs mission. Students are nominated and chosen from a long list of applicants. 

The MSU Board of Governors picked six students: Lauren Bansbach, a senior biology major from St. Louis; Bethany Forrester, a senior civil engineer major from Springfield; Anthony Hendrix, a junior biology major from Neosho; Casteel Kirk, a senior agricultural education major from Urbana; Scott Turk, a senior socio-political communication major from Springfield and former student class president at MSU; and Amber Carr, a senior broadcast journalism major from West Plains.

Carr says she’s extremely humbled to be in the presence of the rest of the Citizen Scholars.

“They’ve accomplished so much. It’s just a great feeling to know that there are students our age that are doing really cool stuff for the community, and really succeeding at such a young age.”

Carr says being awarded will open up many opportunities for her, including public recognition at an MSU basketball game, and numerous opportunities to represent MSU at the local and state levels. Carr says she thinks they will be recognized at a state Senate meeting in Jefferson City.

Carr says each student received a crystal globe award in recognition of the honor. Each student’s name will be added to the Citizen Scholar wall in the Plaster Student Union.   

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark