John Cho is known among his classmates as being an avid volunteer with an ardent passion for community service. As chief of staff for the Student Assembly, John founded and chairs the Student EMS initiative, which is comprised of student EMTs who partner with the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department in order to increase student preparedness for emergencies. He also serves as a basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association and is an EMS lieutenant for the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad.
A kinesiology major, John also serves as a substance and alcohol safety sensibility specialist for the university’s Health Outreach Peer Educators (HOPE) organization. He was the Student Assembly’s secretary of sustainability and is president of the W&M Food Recovery Network. In that role, he and his team recovered more than 700 pounds of food from on-campus partners and dining halls to provide more than 650 meals to the community.
When John was recognized during Opening Convocation with a Presidential Service Award, he dedicated the recognition to his community for their unconditional support and for helping him recognize that anyone and everyone can make a positive impact on the world. "With this award, I would like to celebrate the spirit of service that is embedded at William & Mary in hopes of helping others foster their passion for community service,” he said.