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MC students attend national leadership workshop

Three Monmouth College honor students recently attended the National Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Leadership Workshop in San Antonio, Texas.
Sophomores Gage DeCook of Port Byron, Maggie Holland of Zion and Rik Williams of Greenview participated in workshops on career development, recruiting new members, social networking, winning ALD scholarships and fellowships and service to others.
“ALD is a national freshman honor society that inducts students who earn at least a 3.5 GPA in the first semester of their freshman year,” said faculty member Audra Sostarecz, ALD’s faculty adviser. “The students pay a one-time fee of $50 to belong to this prestigious national honor society for life. They become active ALD members in their sophomore year and remain active until they graduate.” 
One such activity is a bi-annual Study Buddy event during final examinations to encourage academics. ALD members also get involved in the community by raking leaves for Monmouth residents, holiday gift wrapping at ShopKo, making Christmas cards for local retirement home residents, volunteering at the recycling center in town and participating in Relay for Life.
DeCook serves as vice president of Monmouth’s Alpha Lambda Delta chapter, while Holland is the secretary and Williams represents the organization in the college’s student governing body.