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Jacqueline Lamas Receives Community Service Award

August 09, 2018

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Bridgewater College junior Jacqueline W. Lamas has received the Melissa D. Jett Community Service Award. The award, presented at the college awards ceremony, recognizes outstanding leadership in community service at Bridgewater College.

The award is named in memory of Melissa D. Jett, who would have graduated with the Bridgewater College class of 1999. She died Jan. 15, 1997, as the result of a traffic accident on campus. During her life, Jett was dedicated to serving others. The award is presented to a student “who has demonstrated consistent and exemplary leadership in community service while a student at Bridgewater College.”

Lamas, a family and consumer sciences major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mario Lamas of Weyers Cave, Va. Lamas is a member of Alpha Chi, a national scholastic honor society.

For the past two years, Lamas has served as a leader with Harrisonburg/Rockingham Urban and Multicultural Young Life at Harrisonburg High School. As a member of the leadership team, she developed ongoing relationships with students and served as a mentor.

Lamas has served as an administrative assistant at AVA (Advocate. Validate. Answers.) Care of Harrisonburg, a crisis pregnancy center, since November 2016 through the work-study program.

She has also served as a tutor with the Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program, where she provided in-home tutoring to a second-grade English as a Second Language (ESL) student.

Lamas completed a research project, “Building Intergenerational Connections,” that focused on the effects of service-learning on college students and social isolation in the elderly.

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