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Spring 2009

April 2009 Recipient: Joseph Mark '10

The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Committee would like to announce that Joseph Mark '10 is the recipient of the April 2009 Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award

Joseph was a Team Captain for this year's Relay for Life. He personally raised $1600 for the event, and he walked for over eight hours - including the overnight shift! Joseph is also a coach for the club softball team, treasurer for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and is captain of 10 intramural teams.

March 2009 Recipients: Elizabeth Grace Sherman '10 and Ben Novak '10

The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Committee would like to announce that Elizabeth Grace Sherman '10 and Ben Novak '10 are the co-recipients of the March 2009 Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award.

Grace helped to bring the Century Project to campus. She showed unwavering dedication and commitment to her cause despite facing great adversity.  

In the words of her nominator, Kim Lincoln, "Her efforts to bring the Century Project here have met great adversity and the challenges grow daily, from lost funding to active anti-Century Project gruops. She has met each of these challenges with courage and respect."

Ben is the first graduate student to receive the RAIL award! Ben is a second-year graduate student in the Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He founded both the Business Law Society and the Business Law Review this year.

In the words of his nominator, Brit Mohler, "Ben has truly been a visionary at W&M School of Law, but most importantly he has acted on his visions to improve the quality and caliber of our school. Not only does Ben serve in previously created campus organizations, but Ben is consistently looking for occassions to provide new opportunities."

January/February 2009 Recipient: Rachael Siemon-Carome

The Recognizing Achievement in Leadership (RAIL) Committee would like to announce that Rachael Siemon-Carome '10 is the recipient of the January/February 2009 Outstanding Student Leader of the Month Award.

Rachael coordinated Courts for Kids, a service trip to Costa Rica that raised $25,000 to build a playground and park for children in Santa Crus. The project, which includes a group of 15 girls, is in support of a service project headed by a William & Mary alumna in the Peace Corps. 

In the words of her nominator, Nalanie Nath, "This service trip....would not be possible without her initiative and persistence to keep going even when people doubted the money would be raised. Unlike most leaders, Rachael does not place herself at the top and make others do all the work. Rachael is able to lead others while being their friend."

Spring 2009 Nomination Deadlines:

March 24

April 21