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JBS Announces its 2014 Shepperd Trailblazer Award

The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute has selected its first Shepperd Trailblazer – Ms. Michelle Ingle from Wichita Falls. The award will be presented on January 24, 2014 in Austin at the Texas Leadership Forum. Michelle is an extraordinary high school senior who has demonstrated leadership and community service that has greatly benefited Wichita Falls and everyone she comes in contact with. She believes that being a good leader is hard but she takes hard decisions knowing that it affects everyone around her – a very selfless perspective. She always does the right thing no matter what the consequences. Michelle serves her community as an Aquatics Supervisor at the city’s waterpark and she has been a lifeguard for three years as well. Always calm under pressure, she learned to effectively deal with life-threatening situations and take swift action when needed. She has also participated in her school’s Peer Assistant and Leadership organization where she mentored kindergarteners. She was a co-founder of CSS (Clothes, Shoes, and School Supplies) Foundation that has donated over 2,000 articles of clothing to the local homeless shelter. Serving as her school’s Student Council President, she has participated in the Special Olympics, Teens Make a Difference, and Fall Fest to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, the Children’s Homeless Shelter, and the Humane Society. Her recognitions include a “good citizen” award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for outstanding patriotism, leadership, dependability, and service to community. In summary, Michelle is the kind of student that John Ben Shepperd would consider as an exemplar for all – engaged, committed to community, and being a great servant leader. Her Dad says that Michelle is the “real deal” – we agree.