Oct 26th, 2015 @ 11:53 am | Author: Tisa Mason
This article is dedicated to six VCSU student leaders: Mychael Bruce, JoLynn Gregoryk, Malik Jackson, Alyssa Jacobsen, Megan Trautman, and Tonya Van Dyke. An entire article could easily be written on each of these students for a variety of reasons—some are outstanding athletes; all are engaged students; others are stellar academic performers. They are all student leaders and role models. So why them; why now? Because they had the courage to “know the way, go the way, and show the way,” paraphrasing their use of a John Maxwell quote.

October 24th—the Big Game—Vikings vs. the Jamestown Jimmies in football at home at Lokken Stadium. As game day approached, Mychael, JoLynn, Malik, Alyssa, Megan, and Tonya decided to build Viking Pride while honoring our recent NAIA Five Star Champions of Character Award. They created an “Own the Bucket” T-shirt as a game-day alternative to an unofficial, mean-spirited and ultimately unacceptable shirt that had portrayed our rival Jimmies in an unflattering manner.

Their promotional flyer urged our community to “uphold our status as having character.” They provided our community with an another way to demonstrate game-day spirit—one that in my opinion is reflective of the NAIA Champions of Character principles of “integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.”

By the way, these six students are the officers of the VCSU chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, an organization dedicated to “Building Leaders Who Make a Better World.” A big thank-you to Mychael, JoLynn, Malik, Alyssa, Megan, and Tonya for having the courage to challenge an untenable tradition with class. Indeed, you’re making a better world, and today you’re making it a great day to be a Viking!