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Peru State Ed Association earns awards at statewide delegate assembly; three bound for national event in Washington, D.C.


(Peru, Neb.) Three Peru Student Education Association (PSEA) members have been elected to represent future Nebraska educators at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly June 26 through July 6 in Washington, D.C.

Syracuse junior Megan Brown, Diller senior Devin Garcia and Beatrice senior L.A. Adams were elected by the Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN) to represent the state’s 1,587 student members at the national meeting.


Above images (left to right): PSEA – Named SEAN 2011-2012 Outstanding Local Chapter, PSEA Delegates to the National Education Association Delegate Assembly – all three higher education SEAN representatives are from PSC

Brown, a special education major, was awarded the 2012 SEAN Outstanding Local Leader Award. In 2011, Brown was presented the NEA’s Jeffrey “J.D.” Miller Outstanding Underclassman Award at the organization’s National Student Leadership Conference in Chicago. 

Raeanna Carbaugh, a sophomore language arts education major from Denver, Colo., was awarded the 2012 SEAN J.D. Miller Underclassman Award and elected to serve as the 2012-13 SEAN underclassman representative. Ryan Evans, a junior math education major from Pierce, was elected SEAN vice-president and Garcia, a science education major, was elected secretary.


Above images (left to right): SEAN State Officers – 3 from PSC, SEAN Jack Kiniman Retired Scholarship Award Winner – Devin Garcia

Brown said, “I am so excited to see PSEA blossom into an active local organization that is engaged at all levels of the National Education Association. Our members have truly taken ownership of the group and are personally invested in the mission of our organization: teacher quality, political action and community outreach.”

PSEA was also awarded the 2012 SEAN Local Chapter Excellence Award.

Brown said, “Associate Professor of Education and PSEA Advisor Dr. Judith Ruskamp has played an integral role in fostering the success of this group. Her guidance and service has afforded PSEA the foundation to sponsor, co-sponsor, and engage in a variety of activities and events.”

Ruskamp said, “The Peru Student Education Association continues to be a leader among leaders in the Student Education Association of Nebraska organization. I am very proud of this tremendous group of Peru State teacher candidates who continue to aspire to be innovative and creative difference-makers at both the local and state levels.”

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. Other activities include the American Education Week Community Outreach Project, Reading Buddies Program, Scholastic Book Fair, Holiday Donation Tree, Trick or Treat for Southeast Nebraska Community Action, Uganda Care Packages with Reaching Beyond our Borders, 8 to Great Leadership Seminar, Pre-Professional Development Seminar, and Water Warrior Battle and Dessert Social.

PSEA members attended a variety of statewide events this year, including the Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA) Collective Bargaining Conference,  Capitol District Senator Dinner and Delegate Assembly, as well as SEAN’s Outreach to Teach, Fall and Spring Conferences, Leadership Retreat and Delegate Assembly.

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