Washington, DC, June 11, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- John Wirges of Hampden-Sydney College, Janelle Rouse of Widener University to Add Youth Perspective.
Two college student/leaders have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national nonprofit based in Washington, DC. CEP works with schools across the nation to develop strategies that reinforce academic excellence and foster respect, responsibility, honesty, diligence, service and citizenship.
“The Board felt that adding youth voice would add depth and understanding of current cultural trends nationally,” said Mark Hyatt, President and CEO. The two students selected for two-year terms are John Wirges, a rising junior at Hampden-Sydney College, outside of Farmville, Virginia, and Janelle Rouse, a sophomore at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Wirges, who is majoring in Foreign Affairs concentrating in Sub-Saharan Africa, and minoring in both Military Leadership and National Security and Rhetoric, is a recipient of the Madison Honors Scholarship, and two Project “Global Officers” scholarships for the study of the Kiswahili language.
He is engaged in many leadership organizations on his campus, including the Society of 1791 leadership development program and the Hampden-Sydney’s Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. He also serves as a Freshman Peer Advisor. An Eagle Scout and a Cadet with the US Army ROTC Program on campus, he plans on commissioning into the United States Army after graduation.
“The minute I met John Wirges, I knew why President Chris Howard nominated him to the CEP board,” Hyatt said. “He is bright, has a heart for service-oriented leadership and is a ‘walking-talking role model’ for character in all aspects of his college and personal life. His leadership on and off campus makes him a perfect choice to for CEPs board.”
Janelle Rouse is pursuing a dual degree in special education and early childhood education in the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies. She is currently working on a project in the Oskin Leadership Institute, under the direction of Dr. Arthur Schwartz, to bring character education into the curriculum of the schools in the Chester Upland School District of Chester, Pennsylvania. She is also a part of the Presidential Scholars Corps at Widener, serving 300 hours of community service every school year in the Chester community.
A native Washingtonian and City Year/AmeriCorps Alumni who served 1700 hours of service during the 2011-2012 school years, Rouse hopes to gain knowledge and offer real life experiences to the Character Education Partnership to move the program in a progressive direction.
Dr. Schwartz, a CEP board member as well as a professor at Widener, said, "I nominated Janelle for three reasons: First, as an education major, she is devoted to K-12 education; second, growing up in D.C. she benefited from participating in a life-changing character education program; and finally, Janelle asks great questions. She has the curiosity and inner strength to ask: Why?"
The students’ first board meeting will be June 27th in Washington, DC.
Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of organizations and individuals based in Washington, DC. It is led by business and educational leaders who are dedicated to the advancement of quality character development in all schools as a key component of positive school transformation, improved academic achievement, responsible citizenship and the pursuit of one’s best work in school and life. For more information, see www.character.org