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Shining a spotlight on service

Putnam City’s three high schools have graduated a ton of impressive young people in our 100+ year history. Many of the names you know- Adams, Bradford and Marsden – but there are thousands more who are impressive but outside of the spotlight. Our Wall of Fame honorees spent decades achieving the professional accolades for which they were recognized, but one recent Putnam City West graduate has already started her trek to greatness.

Jessica Villar, currently a nursing student at OSU-OKC has recently been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. The award recognizes “community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country,” according to the Campus Compact website. Jessica was chosen by her school because of her commitment to volunteerism and helping students acclimate to campus life, especially when they don’t have a lot of support from family.

While a student at PC West, Jessica was quite active, playing softball and diving deep into her work with children at her old elementary school. Amy Wright, the AmeriCorps director for whom she worked, said “Jessica was an incredible role model who has a sweet, caring spirit that allows her to look beyond herself to make a greater impact on the world around her.”

In addition to a monetary gift, Jessica will have access to several learning and networking opportunities, as well as be part of a group of like-minded young people who are committed to working for social change.

The Putnam City Schools Foundation would like to add our heartfelt congratulations to Jessica Villar on this exciting award, and truly look forward to seeing how she transforms our community.

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