Best & Brightest

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The accomplishments of Fox Valley's best and brightest students include:

- Kristin Anderson of Cary was awarded the Student Affairs Outstanding Leadership and Service Award at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

The award is given to recognize the depth and breadth of leadership and service the student provides to the university and the local community. Recipients take the initiative to identify and -creatively accomplish goals, work in a collaborative manner with various university and local constituents, prepare other students for assuming leadership roles and exhibit dedication and selflessness.

Anderson, who is currently serving an internship with U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, was involved with the Social Concerns Committee, Caring place Women" Shelter, Union Board, Student Senate and Chi Omega sorority as a student.

She was a May graduate with majors in history and political science in the College of Arts and Science. A 1999 graduate of Christian Liberty Academy, she is the daughter of John and Ginger Anderson of Cary.

- Danielle McDonald, daughter of John and Beverly McDonald, has been named a Deans Scholar at Bradley University in Peoria. Scholarship selection is based upon grade point average, high school class rank, ACT or SAT scores, leadership and community service. Bradley's Deans Scholars represent the top 10 percent of all college-bound students in the nation.

- Kelly Meyer, daughter of Thomas and Jean Meyer of Algonquin, was recently initiated into the Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honorary at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Students selected for membership must have at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Meyer is a sophomore majoring in advertising.

- Claire Morgan, daughter of Fernando and Bernadette Morgan of East Dundee, completed a trip to the Hoosier National Forest in early April as part of a wilderness leadership class at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

The leadership course examined the role of the instructor and leader in wilderness settings. Topics included safety considerations, route selection, logistics preparation, psychological models of adventure, leadership studies, gender and diversity, and risk management.

Morgan is currently studying outdoor leadership in northern Minnesota and Canada during a three-week off campus program. This course is very intensive with daily classes on a variety of topics pertaining to outdoor leadership.

The class consists of traveling to northern Minnesota for a week-long backpacking trip on the Border-Route, which follows the Canada-U. …