PIQUA — Edison State Community College students Sarah Ray and Brittany Tackett have been selected to participate in Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit on Friday in Columbus. The one-day program is aimed at promoting civic engagement and connecting college students with resources on careers related to public service in Ohio.
“The success of our state – and our nation – depends on the commitment, compassion, and engagement of our young people,” Sen. Brown said. “For our democracy to thrive and our communities to prosper, we need citizens not only to give back to their communities, but take ownership for improving them. That’s why this summit is so important. By reaching Ohio’s next generation of leaders, we can reaffirm the value of public service and lay the groundwork for a vibrant civic life for generations to come.”
Ray, of Covington, is a second-year student pursuing an Associate of Arts degree and intends to continue her education in Criminal Psychology upon graduating from Edison. She currently serves as president of the Edison chapter of the national honorary society for two-year institutions, Phi Theta Kappa, acts as the secretary of Edison’s Student Senate, and is involved with the Edison Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Outside of Edison, Ray is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the Covington Rescue Squad.
Tackett, of Piqua, is pursuing an Associate of Science degree in nursing. In addition to attending Edison as a student, Tackett is an AmeriCorps College Completion Coach. As a Completion Coach, Tackett provides hands-on guidance and assistance to Edison students to help promote their persistence to graduation. Tackett is also involved with the Edison chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the Writing Club.
The summit will feature discussions with a number of business and community leaders, including Tanisha Robinson, Co-Founder & CEO at Print Syndicate, who will give the keynote address. The day will conclude with an internship fair where students learn more about organizations and career opportunities in their communities.