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Congressman Neguse Announces New Service Award For High School Students

October 9, 2019
Press Release

Award named after former High School Teacher and State Senator Dorothy Rupert

Washington, D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced a new service award program to celebrate 10th and 11th grade students in Colorado’s 2nd district who exhibit a commitment to serving others and a dedication to social justice. The Dorothy Rupert High School Service Award is named after Dorothy Rupert, a high school teacher and counselor who taught for 35 years before serving in the Colorado State Legislature. Throughout her career, she demonstrated an exemplary devotion to service by giving back to her students and working tirelessly for civil rights efforts, inspiring Congressman Neguse to recognize students who exhibit similar qualities.

“Dorothy has been an inspiration to me and many others and she deserves to be recognized for the years of service she has given to the people of Colorado’s 2nd district,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “My hope is to pay her kindness forward by encouraging our younger generations to take on leadership roles in the community and use their talents to create a better world for their neighbors and themselves.”

Beginning this 2019-2020 academic year, high school teachers throughout 2nd Congressional District will have the opportunity to nominate students in the 10th or 11th grades who exhibit a commitment to service in their actions and behaviors toward others. At the end of the nomination process, one student will be selected to receive the award, which will be given annually.

More information on the awards nominations process can be found here.

Congressman Neguse has launched several unique local initiatives to recognize and hear from his constituents since assuming office in January 2019, including a first-of-its-kind service town hall initiative.