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Extraordinary Leaders: Students Recognized for Making an Impact
The Office of Student Life presents the Extraordinary Leader award to outstanding students each month. According to Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life, the entire HPU community – students, faculty and staff, make nominations, and the nominees are asked to complete an online survey about their academic, social and charitable involvement on campus and in the community. A committee of HPU administrators selects the students who embody true leadership.
Shawn Sloan, September’s Extraordinary Leader, has pushed himself both academically and physically, in the classroom and on the soccer field. He has shown leadership to his teammates and fellow students, built relationships with faculty and colleagues, and has developed, not only as a student, but as a person.
His honesty, open-mindedness, dedication and trustworthiness have been an integral part of his success at HPU and his accomplishments are witness to that.
Every season, Sloan has received the Big South All-Conference Scholars and has earned a 4.0 GPA every semester. He is a Presidential Scholar and Mills Scholar Athlete, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities, was chief junior marshall, and won the Big South Men’s Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year and ESPN Academic All-American.
These accomplishments came from a dedication to succeed, something he knew he would be able to do at HPU and the reason he committed to the school.
“I’ve had the opportunity to do undergraduate research with brilliant professors here at HPU that I would not get anywhere else,” he says. “Also, the faculty genuinely cares about your progress as students. You are not just another seat in the classroom; you are a mind that they aim to shape into an intelligent being.”
In addition to being the senior captain for the soccer team, Sloan co-founded the To Write Love on Her Arms University Chapter which won Organization of the Year for the 2011-12 school year. He tutors on campus and has volunteered at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital and High Point Alcohol and Drug Services. He has learned how to balance the things that are important to him in such a way that excels him forward, something that will benefit him after graduation.
Sloan is a senior chemistry major and plans to attend medical school after graduation to become a physician. His particular interests are in oncology and neuroscience.
Alexa Crawford, chosen as the August Extraordinary Leader, has utilized HPU’s opportunities and tools to continue to grow her skills. Her mission for life is to be a confident young woman, inspiring other women to live lives of poise and self-assurance.
Crawford decided to make this her mission after battling and surviving cancer in high school.
“Now in remission, I desire to be confident in the person God made me to be,” she says. “And, be a platform of confidence and leadership. Possibly other women on HPU’s campus will be motivated and inspired.”
Crawford has certainly put her leadership skills to work. She is an admissions ambassador and started a chapter for a nonprofit that she is passionate about on campus, Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a nonprofit that creates smiles across the globe by providing free cleft lip and palate procedures to children in third world countries.
Born with a cleft lip, Crawford is extremely grateful for the resources that allowed for her to have a full surgery. However, she knows that many children aren’t afforded the same resources. Having provided smiles for ten children and earning the Campus Compact Award for community service and leadership, Crawford is involving students in touching lives all over the world.
She is truly living out the honor code through joy, service, etiquette and generosity, and she represented HPU well at the National Speaker’s Association in the summer of 2012 with pride and authenticity. She will do so again at the National Student Leadership Forum in D.C.
Crawford wanted to spend four years in an environment that fostered joy, service and intellectual pursuance and she has found that at HPU. Now, as a junior business administration and entrepreneurship major, Crawford is looking towards her future.
“After graduation I can see myself in an entrepreneurial position. I love the art of business, and have a heart for nonprofit work. As the quote in Hayworth fine arts states: “To whom much is given, much is required” (Luke 12:48). I have been blessed with much, and I am ready to give back, in the small things and in insurmountable ways.”