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Master's College Freshman Earns State & National Awards

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kendall Wingrove

Feb. 25, 2011

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Master's College freshman earns state & national awards for volunteer efforts

A freshman at The Master's College has received three prestigious awards for his continued service in the public policy arena.

Luke Wagner of Lansing, Michigan was named winner of the Frank M. Fitzgerald Public Service Award, which honors dedicated young volunteers in the Michigan Legislature. Above and beyond their legislative service, recipients also are singled out for their abilities in academics, communicating and volunteering.

The award is named after a former speaker pro tem of the Michigan House. After his death in 2004, family and colleagues established the honor in hopes of encouraging young people to follow Fitzgerald's example as a public servant.

Wagner interned in the Michigan Capitol with former Senate Majority Leader Alan Cropsey and did extensive research on problems associated with the state's corrections system.

Luke also received the John Quincy Adams Award from the Student Statesmanship Institute, a leadership training program established to help affirm America's Judeo-Christian heritage. The group encourages highly motivated students in a year-long quest to complete 36 assignments.

The Adams Award is named in honor of the nation's sixth president, who was just 14 when he accompanied an envoy on a diplomatic mission to Russia.  SSI encourages students to follow his example by pursuing public service at a young age. During the summer of 2009, Luke interned in England with Christians Concerned for our Nation and the Christian Legal Centre. He conducted scholarly research on several religious freedom issues before Parliament.

Luke was also honored by the Washington Crossing Foundation. Since 1969, it has given more than a million dollars to help students who are planning a career in public service and demonstrate the moral courage exemplified by General George Washington's heroic crossing of the Delaware River in 1776.  Wagner and other scholarship winners from around the country enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Philadelphia.

The 18-year-old is a member of Curriculum Beyond the Classroom, an innovative program designed to connect student interns with professionals.  He has volunteered extensively at Youth Haven Ranch in Rives Junction, Michigan, assisting at-risk children.

Luke is the son of William and Marilyn Wagner of Lansing, Michigan.

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Luke Wagner (left) receives the Fitzgerald Public Service Award from Mrs. Ruth Fitzgerald during a ceremony at the Michigan Capitol.