Melissa Hoegh Named Recipient of Judson University's Student Service Award
(Elgin, IL - December 12, 2011) Judson graduate Melissa Hoegh was the Fall 2011 recipient of Judson University's Student Service Award, given to "the graduating senior who has best exemplified sincerity in dedication to Christ, achievement in academic pursuit, and promotion of Judson University ideals." Hoegh was honored at Judson's final chapel of the semester on Wedneday, Dec. 7 and at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 10 where she received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
Hoegh, originally from Jackson, Ill., came to Judson after learning about the university through a friend. Hoegh was named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 2011, and she made the dean's list for 3 semesters during her time at Judson.
"My experience at Judson has really taught me how to establish myself. I've been encouraged to try and fail at many different ministries (and majors, even), until I found one that really suited my gifts and passion. Being a part of the education program has been a hands on blessing and has allowed me to pursue my passion of children and bettering them for the future," says Hoegh.
Since coming to Judson as a freshman in 2007, Hoegh has given her time and talent to the chapel drama and worship teams, the Judson University Choir, and Judson's theater productions.
"Being a part of the theater program has allowed me the opportunity to perform on stage in the spotlight, but also to serve others through being in charge of the front of house," says Hoegh. Judson's theater program has undergone many changes and improvements since Hoegh joined, a highlight that she has deemed one of her most rewarding student experiences.
"When I began here, we only had one show a year. Now, we have four productions each year, we have over 30 scholarship students, and much of the program is student led. I have loved investing myself into a program and watching it grow."
She has also been involved in Judson's Adopt-a-Grandparent program as well as Judson's Clifford Court ministry, which spends time with underprivileged children in Elgin every Saturday.
Student Development Director Kelly Skiles presented Hoegh with the award at Wednesday's chapel service, congratulating her on her achievements and also noting that this may be the first time that the award has ever been given to an expectant mother. Hoegh and her husband Joshua, a 2008 Judson alumnus, will welcome their firstborn in early March. Joshua Hoegh currently serves as worship leader to First Baptist Church of Elgin. The couple reside in Carpentersville, Ill.
Hoegh and more than 110 Bachelor and Master students comprised the 66th graduating class of Judson University, which held two commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Herrick Chapel on Saturday. Graduates from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Leadership and Business received their degrees during the 10 a.m. exercise. Graduates from the School of Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Education received their degrees during the 2 p.m. exercises.
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