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Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard presents the 2008 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award to Clark College Running Start student Renata Fusso.

The focus was on leadership as Clark College Running Start student Renata Fusso was honored as the winner of the 2008 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award.  Fusso was honored on March 26 during a ceremony at the Marshall House in Vancouver’s Historic Reserve.

Fusso, a student at Skyview High School, was nominated by Beth Houston, coordinator of the Clark County Youth Commission.   Houston praised Fusso for her work as a member of the Youth Commission and for her volunteer efforts at a local nursing home, the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, Friends of Trees and the Steps Leadership Team of Clark County.   Houston noted that Fusso received the Girl Scout Gold Award for developing a Web site -- http://www.gethealthy.biz.ly/ -- to promote healthier lifestyle choices for teens.

Clark College communications studies instructor Deena Bisig presents a biography of General George C. Marshall to Marshall Youth Leadership Award honoree Renata Fusso.  Bisig received the 2007 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award. 

Fusso, who plans to study nursing at the University of Portland in the fall, received a $1,000 scholarship and other gifts, including a biography of General Marshall. 

The biography was presented by Clark College communications studies instructor Deena Bisig.  Bisig, who was the recipient of the 2007 George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award, announced:  “We’re both Clarkers!”  

This marks the first time that representatives of Clark College have received the Marshall Public Leadership Award and the Marshall Youth Leadership award during the same academic year.  

The Marshall Public Leadership Award honors Clark County leaders age 35 and under.  The Marshall Youth Leadership award was established to honor high school age students.   Fusso is the second Running Start student to receive the Marshall Youth Leadership award.  Rosalyn Hart was the first in 2005.  

Left to right:  Running Start coordinator Linda Calvert, Marshall Youth Leadership Award honoree Renata Fusso, and Clark College President Bob Knight.

Guests at the presentation included Clark College President Bob Knight, Vice President of Instruction Dr. Rachel Ruiz, and Running Start Manager Linda Calvert.  Running Start student Mariah Hairston, a nominee for the Marshall Youth Leadership award, was also a guest at the event.

In presenting the award, Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard spoke about General Marshall’s “legacy of leadership.”  Marshall, who served as commander of the Vancouver Barracks from 1936-1938, went on to serve as Army Chief of Staff during World War II.  In December 1953, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for the “Marshall Plan” for global economic recovery following World War II.  Marshall also served as Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and President of the American Red Cross. 

The Marshall Youth Leadership Award is presented by Celebrate Freedom, a program of the Vancouver National Historic Trust.

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