Leichsenring honored with President’s Award at Waldorf College commencement

Heather Jordon, Communications Director

Dr. Joseph Manjone, president of Waldorf College presented Sarah Leichsenring of Clarion, Iowa, with the prestigious President's Award during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 1.

The award is given annually to a senior whose records show outstanding academic achievement, leadership, character and service—a student who reflect the highest ideals of the mission of Waldorf College. The selection process involves a vote by members of the senior class and input from faculty and staff members.

“Sarah is a stellar student, who exemplifies the Waldorf mission to ‘Live, Learn and Serve,” Manjone said. “She has earned a place on the dean’s list every semester, is a member of the Alpha Chi honor society and is graduating Magna Cum Laude.

When presenting Leichsenring her award, Manjone read from her citation:

“Sarah’s high academic achievements have only been enhanced by her equally high level of engagement in campus leadership. Sarah has served as an admissions ambassador, peer mentor, education club officer and assistant volleyball coach. 

As a History Education major, she has performed numerous hours of community service and is currently touching the lives of our area young people through her student teaching. During her student teaching this year, Sarah was asked to assume the head coach position mid-semester. She handled a sensitive ethical issue with courage, grace and integrity.

Her ready smile and enthusiastic personality are often described as contagious.  She is an impeccable role model with a can-do attitude and an amazing zest for life.” 

Waldorf College, located in Forest City, Iowa, is a four-year, liberal arts college that delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college’s curriculum challenges students to think relationally as they discover new ways to connect their vocational call to serve the world’s needs.