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Students Recognized for Leadership

James Harris receives the Goles Award James Harris (center) receives the Patrick J. Goles Award at Opening Convocation. From left to right, Patrick J. Goles, C'64, Harris, and Mount St. Mary's President Thomas H. Powell.

The four pillars of Mount St. Mary’s University — Faith, Discovery, Leadership, and Community — truly demonstrate the values of Mount students and the strong foundation upon which the university is built. During Opening Convocation, the university recognized four students exemplifying leadership in their daily lives.

Claire McGrath, C’15, was presented with the Eugene M. Waldron Award. As a CORE leader and a co-director of “Best Buds,” McGrath has dedicated her time at the Mount to helping others. To her, leadership is about serving others. “I think that the best leaders serve the people they lead with compassion and humility, because leadership is ultimately not about power or superiority, it's about encouraging growth in those that you lead.”

James Harris, C’15, received the Patrick J. Goles Award. The caring nature of everyone at Mount St. Mary’s made him feel at home and is what ultimately led him to choose to attend the Mount. As a Resident Assistant, he has learned that to be an effective leader, one must mentor others and help them strive to set and reach new goals.

Beatriz Tenorio, C’15, was presented with the Thomas G. O'Hara Award. As a member of Women's Club Rugby, the Emmitsburg Volunteer Ambulance Company, and the Office of Residence Life, Tenorio has clearly immersed herself in the community during her time at the Mount, and she recognizes opportunities and seizes them so that she can help make a difference on campus and in the world.

“I'm just an average person making the most of the things given to me in life,” Tenorio said. “Leadership is not only affirming and supporting those who are on paths to self-fulfillment, but it is also being there to help reorient others in realizing their talents and making the most of them.”

Meghan Sprankle, C’14, received the Thomas Merton Award. Sprankle is very involved with the Office of Social Justice, Campus Ministry, the George Henry Miles Honors Society, and countless intramural teams. She wants to use the gifts she has been blessed with to help make the community a better place, and she wants to help others discover their passions like she has been able to do at the Mount.

“A true leader is also a servant leader, meaning that in order to lead anyone, he or she must be willing to meet their followers’ needs and serve them first,” Sprankle said. “To me, leadership means meeting people where they are at and being in solidarity with them, figuring out their needs and goals, and walking with them in order to obtain those goals, much like Jesus did with His disciples.”

The Mount is proud of these four exemplary leaders. We thank them for their valued leadership and contribution to the Mount community.

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