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Walsh University Selects Kelley Manning for its Top Two Awards

What's New, 2014-04-07

Walsh University is pleased to name Kelley Manning as the Tower of Excellence Award Winner for 2013-14. Manning is also the winner of the Walsh University Outstanding Student of the Year Award for 2013-14.

Manning has earned a B.S. in Education with Early Intervention Specialist Certificate and a Reading Endorsement for K-12 while having Dean's list honors every semester for four years due to her 3.99 GPA.

Since her freshman year, Kelley has been active with the Counsel for Exceptional Children and with the Education Club, where she is currently president. She is an active member of the Education Honors Society, Kappa Delta Pi. Manning has served as a senator in student government. She was an orientation leader for two years and was a resident assistant for a year.

As a community volunteer Manning is active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Canton, Project Homeless Connect, Ohio Reads, and the North Canton Home Literacy Grant Program. In her volunteer work with Campus Ministry, Manning has worked at the Carpe Diem, 24-hour Family Program and served as a core leader for both the 'Shape' sophomore and 'Discover' freshman retreats and is a current retreat leader for both.

In addition Kelley serves as an assistant coach for the Applewood Swim Club of Boardman, Ohio, where she instructs a 120-member swim team that rages in age from 5 to 18 years old.

Manning has been named to the National Residence Hall Honorary, an honor extended to only the top one percent of all students living and leading on campuses in the U.S. She earned the Emerging Leader Award as a Walsh Woman of Distinction and was named the Programmer of the Year by Walsh University's Residence Life in 2013. Manning was voted homecoming queen in 2012 and has earned two gold service awards for her service to the Walsh University community in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The Tower of Excellence Award is Walsh University's most prestigious and long-standing honor that a Walsh student can attain for work and service beyond the classroom. It is presented to the senior who has during his/her Walsh years displayed outstanding leadership qualities; exemplary interest in co-curricular and extracurricular work; and social and moral behavior that fulfill the mission of Walsh. Carefully screened by the University according to these strict criteria, the Tower of Excellence laureate reflects the core values of Walsh: service, excellence and integrity.

The Outstanding Student Award, Walsh's most prestigious academic honor, is awarded to the graduating senior with a very high cumulative grade point average. The award represents more than excellence in a single discipline. The recipient's academic record must show insight, awareness and understanding from all the liberal arts. The award requires as well a record of meeting rigorous challenges and demonstrated ability to apply intellectual mastery.