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Westmoreland Student Wins Vol State Leadership Award

Submitted on April 13, 2012 at 9:23 AM

William "Boyd" Kernodle of Westmoreland was recently honored with the Robert M. Ruff Distinguished Leadership Award during the annual Student Leadership Luncheon at Volunteer State Community College. Kernodle was recognized for his work in founding a Student Veterans of America chapter on the Vol State campus. He organized meetings for the new group and recruited 30 members in just a few months. They put together Veteran's Day activities and other events honoring America's Servicemen and women. Kernodle also garnered approval for the recognition of graduating veterans with a special honor cord at the College commencement ceremony.

The Robert M. Ruff Award is named for Professor of History and Political Science, Dr. Robert Ruff. The criteria for the award include dedication, dependability, sensitivity, objectivity and the ability to motivate others. Dr. Ruff is retiring this year after 39 years of service with Vol State. He worked closely with student clubs and organizations throughout his career as advisor and mentor.

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Pictured: Boyd Kernodle was honored not only with the Ruff Award, but with two other awards for his success in organizing the Volunteer State Student Veterans of America student club.

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