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William Jewell's Mortar Board chapter receives national awards
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
September 10, 2008

The Panaegis chapter of Mortar Board at William Jewell College was presented with the Golden Torch Award and Project Excellence Award for the 2007-08 academic year at the organization’s recent national conference held in Columbus, Ohio.

The William Jewell College chapter was one of only 27 chapters to take home the Golden Torch Award, selected for “going above and beyond timeliness and excellence while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service,” according to Jon Cook, executive director of Mortar Board. Brittany Edwards, 2008-09 chapter president, was present to accept the award on behalf of the group. Edwards, originally from Branson, Mo., is an English major at William Jewell.

The chapter also received a Project Excellence Award for their “Chess Mates” project, in which elementary school students were mentored and coached in the game of chess in order to improve reasoning skills. The Panaegis chapter was one of only 23 to receive the Project Excellence Award.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 226 chartered chapters nationwide. The Panaegis chapter at William Jewell College was founded in 1978.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

William Jewell College is committed to bringing together talented students and gifted faculty mentors within a vibrant community sparked by a rigorous and intentional liberal arts curriculum. A full range of personal and professional development experiences are presented by the selective national liberal arts college’s location within the Kansas City metroplex of 1.5 million.

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