Grace Hall was packed with people filling every spare inch of open space. Two students who excelled in leadership and service were honored and awarded the college’s service and leadership award.
“To begin to read all of the accomplishments of this year’s award recipients would begin and then end this afternoon, or this evening. However, I will note a few highlights of each,” Anne Skleder, Ph.D, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said.
The recipients of this year’s Mastronardi award were Terri Allen, junior social work and English major, and Jessica Regina Johnson-Petty, senior communication major.
The Mastronardi award annually recognizes Cabrini students for outstanding contributions in the area of leadership and service.
“Service and leadership is something that’s very important to me because I want to make that difference,” Allen said.
Allen has participated in a plethora of diverse and unique activities on and off campus.
She joined the Office of Campus Ministry for the peanut butter and jelly nights to benefit the homeless. Allen is also a residential assistant and was nominated by residence life as community builder of the month.
Johnson-Petty has also accomplished great feats during her time at Cabrini. She is currently the vice president of the senior class, a student diversity leader, a PUMP mentor, a Catholic Relief Service Ambassador and a student ambassador. She is also a member of the Society for Collegiate Journalists.
“A first year student tweeted to me that I have paved the way. After listening to Eboo Patel, he stated, “what is it to make my WORK last…” Receiving this award is making my work, not Jessica Regina, last,” Johnson-Petty said. “I was able to reply to the student and by tweeting, “Thank you!”
“Now the challenge for the next year is to be even better, achieve more, and go harder than I have!”