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Syracuse Native wins Top Honors at National Education Association Student Leadership Conference in Chicago

Peru Student Education Association Chapter Also Honored


Megan Brown(Peru, Neb.) Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) President and Newsletter Editor Megan Brown was presented the National Education Association’s (NEA) Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller Outstanding Underclassman Award at the organization’s National Student Leadership Conference in Chicago. The PSEA chapter was also honored with the NEA’s Outstanding Local Newsletter Award.


Brown, a special education and early childhood education major from Syracuse, will represent PSEA on the Student Education Association of Nebraska’s (SEAN) Executive Committee as vice president during the 2011-12 academic year. She is the daughter of Burke and Dee Brown of Lincoln and John and Mary Robison of Syracuse.  


Associate Professor of Education and PSEA Advisor Dr. Judith Ruskamp said, “We are extremely proud of Megan. Her work on the PSEA Newsletter over the past two years has been impressive, and her enthusiastic leadership and willingness to contribute to the success of the Peru Student Education Association is deserving of national recognition. PSEA will continue to be an innovative and active campus organization under Meagan’s leadership.”


Brown said, “To have my dedication and leadership recognized at the national level is a tremendous experience. I am deeply honored to have received such a prestigious award.


“Peru State College is unique in that it provides a variety of platforms for students to engage in leadership and community outreach opportunities. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to become a more effective leader through PSEA, SEAN and the NEA Student Program. I look forward to continuing PSEA’s legacy of excellence.”


Two more Peru State students comprised Nebraska’s delegation for the national meeting. Diller senior Devin Garcia and Superior senior Nick Miller were also selected by SEAN to represent Nebraska’s 1,500 members.


Ruskamp said, “The Peru State Education Association maintains a long tradition of excellence as a chapter of the Student Education Association of Nebraska. Strong leadership, a willingness to provide outreach services to the community, and a passion for education are each important characteristics of our membership. I want to congratulate our students for another successful year of ‘making a difference’ on our campus, in our community and across our state.”


Each year PSEA sponsors several community outreach efforts, one of which is hosting more than 1,200 Head Start and K-4th grade students from a dozen area schools at the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Party and Celebration. The event is held in conjunction with Read Across America Week and is intended to help children develop a love for reading.


For additional information about the award or the PSEA, contact Ruskamp at or 402-872-2301.