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Aug. 19, 2009
The Northwest Turret Society, a chapter of the national Mortar Board academic honors organization, was among 28 chapters to receive the Project Excellence Award at this summer's Mortar Board National Conference in Chicago.
Project Excellence Awards are given to chapters who participate in activities that support scholarship, leadership, fundraising, service, the national "Reading is Leading" literacy initiative, alumni involvement or Mortar Board Week.
The Turret Society was honored with its regional group, Section 17, for contributions to a service day at Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City. Turret Society President Megan Switzer attended the conference and accepted the honor on the chapter's behalf.
Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Established in 1918, the organization has grown from four founding chapters to 227 local societies comprising nearly a quarter-million initiated members nationwide.
T he Turret Society chapter at Northwest was chartered in 1995 and currently has 26 members. To be considered for membership, students must have completed their junior year and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.
Mortar Board provides opportunities for leadership development and encourages lifelong service at the local, national and international levels. Notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The society's Web site is located at www.mortarboard.org .
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