Honoring students who make an impact

Date Posted: April 22, 2009

Impact Award Finalists photo 2009MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College students who make a difference and an impact on campus at the Impact Leadership Luncheon April 22 in the Siebert Center.

Wisconsin Lutheran College junior Hannah Behnke of North Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is the 2009 recipient of the college's Impact Award. Hannah (pictured third from right) served on WLC's Judicial Board and has been the president of the Very Caring Hands Alcohol/Drug Awareness group for the last two years. She has been active in programming, both as a participant and as someone involved in planning and implementing programs. Hannah currently serves approximately 30 freshman and sophomore women as an East Hall resident assistant. She will study abroad in Costa Rica next semester.

The five finalists for the Impact Award also were honored at the luncheon: (pictured left to right) Allyss Martin, Kristen Dillon, Ben Hermanson, Sarah Tullberg, and Naomi Gibbons.

Allyss Martin is WLC's student body president for 2008-09. She has been one of the most visible and active presidents the college has ever had, instituting significant campus changes during her term. Allyss serves both in the theology department as a student assistant as well as being active in theatre department in many of their productions. She models how a Christian leader should act.

Kristen Dillon has served for several years as the team leader in the Student Affairs office. She is a dedicated student and is a team captain on the women's basketball team. She was Warrior of the Week four times this year for her accomplishments on the basketball court. She also has demonstrated her ability as a Christian leader while serving as a resident assistant for two years.

Benjamin Hermanson is a highly respected student who excels in the classroom. Ben also excels outside the classroom as a pitcher on the Warriors baseball team. He was a model representative of WLC at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital during various internships.

Sarah Tullberg has displayed leadership in numerous choral groups on campus, volunteering her time to edify chapel services. She has had many lead roles in theatre department productions. Her most recent production was Hecuba, in which Sarah provided leadership on the set as well as performing as lead actress. Sarah has been bold in taking a strong stand for her faith on many occasions.

Naomi Gibbons is very dedicated to her work in the Campus Ministry Office. She organizes chapel services and helped to organize the new Sunday evening worship gathering. Naomi is vice president of the 2008-09 Student Senate and is very active in supporting and setting up campus events through e-mail and other online announcements. She also dedicates her time as a regular writer for WLC's student newspaper. Naomi currently is serving a ministry internship at Atonement Lutheran Church.