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A total of five awards were presented at the Sorensen Institute's 2006 Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 14. The event was held at in the Grand Ballroom at the Jefferson Hotel. The awards were presented by Director of Alumni Relations, Coy Barefoot (other podcasts from the Reunion will be posted to this blog shortly).
The Most Enthusiastic Class Award--which recognizes the alumni class with the highest percentage turnout at the reunion--was given to both the High School Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005. The awards were accepted by HSLP 06 Class Chair Ellen Marsteller and PLP 05 Class Chair Cathie France.
The Most Generous Class Award--which recognizes the alumni class in which the greatest percentage of its members have given a personal donation to the Sorensen Institute during the past year--was presented to the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005. Class Chair Cathie France accepted the award.
PLP Class of 2005
The Most Philanthropic Class Award--which recognizes the alumni class that has generated, both personally and professionally, the greatest financial support for Sorensen during the last year--was given to the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001. Virginia Delegate, Sorensen State Board member, and class member Jennifer McClellan accepted the award.
The First Annual Service to Sorensen Award recognizes a graduate who has most given of his or her time, talents, and efforts in supporting the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership in the year since the last alumni reunion. This first-ever honor was awarded to Craig T. Fifer, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003.
The First Annual Expression of Ideals Award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has, in the year since the last alumni reunion, best represented the ideals at the heart of the Sorensen mission: a spirit of ethics, bipartisanship, and civic engagement. This first-ever award was presented to the Secretary of Virginia's State Board of Elections, Jean Jensen (Political Leaders Program Class of 1996).
This just in from England: Sorensen alumnus Emad Maghsoudi, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, has just wrapped up eight weeks studying British Constitutional Law at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He now begins an internship at the Palace of Westminster: House of Commons with Labour Party MP Anthony D. Wright.
As if this wasn't enough. Emad is simultaneously working on a dissertation about the EU while taking classes at the London School of Economics. All of this amazing work is part of the Hansard Study Programme, of which Emad is a participating scholar.
Emad emails us that he has been showing off his Sorensen pin in London: "Many people here at the Parliament have asked me about it." Spread the good word Emad, and keep up the great work!
Graduates of Sorensen's Youth Programs continue to make their marks in Virginia. Andrew Lamar is a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006 and a Senior at the University of Mary Washington studying Economics and Political Science. He is also the Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia. Last week Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling honored Andrew with the Patrick Henry Award for Public Service and Leadership.
The Lieutenant Governor issued this Resolution:
Whereas the distinguished and deserving citizen, Andrew Lamar, Has demonstrated the same unwavering commitment to justice and good government that was embodied by the great revolutionary statesman and first Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Patrick Henry. I do on this day, the THIRD of OCTOBER In the year of our Lord, TWO-THOUSAND and SIX, Hereby confer upon him the PATRICK HENRY AWARD For Steadfast Devotion To The Just And Sound Government Of Our Commonwealth.
In a statement released yesterday, Governor Kaine appointed a number of Sorensen graduates to boards and commissions. Sorensen continues to play a positive, leading role across the Commonwealth.
Justin M. Wilson of Alexandria, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003, was reappointed to the Board of Juvenile Justice.
Joyce W. Waugh of Roanoke, a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, was appointed to the Manufacturing Development Commission.
Jeffrey R. Dion of Prince William County, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1996, was reappointed to the Criminal Justice Services Board.
Jesse J. Richardson of Montgomery County, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1999, was appointed to the Cave Board.
Ann A. Brown of Williamsburg, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001, was appointed to the Commonwealth Council on Aging.
Laura Harris, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, has been accepted to the Political Leadership Training Program of the Young Women Leaders Board of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.
Laura is a graduate student in Public Policy at George Mason University. She also worked as a Program Manager during the Sorensen Institute's Youth Programs this past summer.
We are proud to announce that Virginians connected with the Sorensen Institute continue to provide leadership at critical positions throughout the Commonwealth. Attorney General Bob McDonnell's new Government and Regulatory Reform Task Force includes Scott Rigell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, as well as two members of our State Board: Jacquelyn Stone and Michel Zajur. The Agriculture Working Group on the Task Force also includes Hobey Bauhan, a member of the Political Leadership Program Class of 2006. The Healthcare Working Group includes Delegate Mark Sickles, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1998 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
In other news, Governor Tim Kaine has reappointed Linda Crandell to the Board of Conservation and Recreation. Linda is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005 and was recently re-elected to the Colonial Beach Town Council. Governor Kaine has also reappointed Rockbridge County's Jay Gilliam, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Virginia's Natural Resources.
The Sorensen Institute's Director of Youth Programs, Marc Johnson, also a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003, was the opening speaker at the Annual Leadership Retreat for the College Republican Federation of Virginia which was held at the University of Virginia this past weekend.
The new Chairman of the CRFV is Andrew Lamar, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. Lamar also spoke to the group and discussed in detail how much he enjoyed his experience at Sorensen this summer.
In other news, Marc Johnson and Lucy Hutchinson, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, were Volunteer Instructors last week for the International Youth Democracy Summit, jointly sponsored by the Center for Politics, Presidential Classroom and the Jamestown 400 Commission. This week-long program for high school students from around the world is the kickoff in a series of conferences being sponsored by the Jamestown Commission over the next year.