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Sophie Thomas Receives Community Service Award


Sophie Thomas, a Bridgewater College senior, has received the Melissa D. Jett Community Service Award. The award, presented on May 1, at the annual awards convocation, 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 “senior who has demonstrated consistent and exemplary leadership in community service while a student at Bridgewater College.”

For her award, Thomas received gifts that were handmade, fair-trade items and her name will be added to a plaque in the Service-Learning Center.

Thomas, a senior environmental science major, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Christine Thomas of Westminster, Md.

Thomas has performed a wide range of service activities both on campus and in her local community.

During her freshman and sophomore years, Thomas served as environmental service coordinator on the Student Service Board.

As program coordinator for the Bridgewater College campus chapter of New Community Project, Thomas has promoted recycling on campus, organized the “cardboard wars” and helped plan a variety show to raise money for women in Nepal.

Thomas has served as an officer for the BC campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She has participated in two Spring Break Collegiate Challenges, traveling to Bunnell, Fla., in 2009 and Lafayette, La., in 2010.

Off-campus, Thomas has been active with Our Community Place where she completed an internship during the 2012 spring semester. She did construction work on the organization’s house, the Sustainable Living Homestead and Urban Farm located in Harrisonburg, Va. In addition, she helped with the organization’s garden, food preparation, fundraisers and composting efforts.

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