HLGU freshmen receive presidential award

HLGU freshmen honored
A group of HLGU freshmen class representatives have received the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for their work in planning and organizing a class-wide service project. Pictured are, front row, from left, Sabrina Stewart, Kristen Clawson, Sarah Buehrer, Breanna Springer, Gabrielle Wood. Back row, from left, Molly Briggs, Tyler Shipley, Andre Sheard, Collin Smith, Dr. Anthony Allen.
Posted: Dec. 14, 2016 1:40 pm

A group of HLGU freshmen were awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their recent service project benefitting the Andre Sheard Foundation.

The freshmen award recipients were elected by their peers to organize the service project. This year, 140 HLGU freshmen came together to establish a reading room for the Andre Sheard Foundation. The student representatives led their peers in collecting approximately 1,000 books for the room in addition to hosting a family fun festival for local children and their families and other outreach projects.

The Andre Sheard Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization in Hannibal. The foundation strives to reach out to at-risk children, ages 6-14, and make a positive difference in their lives. The children are taught biblical and life principles about how to love and respect themselves and others, and receive a free meal at each meeting. Additionally, each quarter, the children aid foundation volunteers in providing free meals to local elderly and handicapped people.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes those in United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion, or coin, and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. 

Awards were given to Molly Briggs, Sarah Buehrer, Kristen Clawson, Tyler Shipley, Colin Smith, Breanna Springer, Sabrina Stewart, Gabrielle Wood, and Andre Sheard, director of the Andre Sheard Foundation.

For more information about the presidential award, the Andre Sheard Foundation, or the freshman class project, contact Dr. Karry Richardson, associate dean of academic and career services, at 573-629-3016, or via email at

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