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2020 Impact Awards

May 6, 2020

Band practice

Student Leaders Honored

MILWAUKEE - Wisconsin Lutheran College students who make a difference on campus were honored virtually at the 2020 Impact Awards Celebration on May 6. Each spring, graduating seniors, faculty, and staff nominate junior and senior students for the WLC Impact Award. Finalists are selected by a committee. This award is a recognition of an individual's positive impact and Christian servant leadership within the WLC community. 

Wisconsin Lutheran College senior Hailey Charlson, an art and psychology major from Rogers, Minnesota, is the 28th recipient of the college's Impact Award. When she was nominated for the award, here is how Hailey was described: "Involved as a Resident Assistant. Volunteer. Advocate. Approachable. Kind. Encourager. Friend. Determined. Unwavering faith. Promotes spiritual growth. She modeled Christian love and positivity in the wake of a classmate's death last year…Hailey is selfless and devoted to serving others in any way possible."

Two professors shared heartfelt messages for Hailey. Watch the videos from Dr. Stacy Hoehl, Professor of Communication, and Prof. Sheena Finnigan, Assistant Professor of History.

2020 impact award recipient


The other finalists for the 2020 Impact Award were seniors Collin Brinkmann of Waukesha, Wisconsin; Anna Buchmeyer of Mukwonago, Wisconsin; Melissa Ericson of Lisle, Illinois; and Adam Pagel of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Here are the descriptions from their nominations:

  • Collin: “Supports all CMO Programs. Volunteer. Spiritual Rock. Demonstrates incredible faith. Leads by example. Motivated. Humble. Optimistic. Encourager. Impromptu counselor. He has quietly impacted the faith of his fellow students and the culture of WLC.”

  • Anna: “Involved in FTEA. Volunteer with various nonprofit organizations, including her home church and Exploit No More. Positive. Genuine. Kind. Friendly. Excellent Communicator. Present. Prayer Warrior. She reflects the love of Jesus in her servant leadership roles."

  • Melissa: “Involved in Volleyball, Softball, SAAC, Ambassador Club, WALI. Kind. Disciplined. Lives by servant leadership. Devoted student.  Influencer. Helper. Supporter. Encourager. She is a go-to person for both academic and personal support for a number of student athletes."

  • Adam: “Involved in WEB, Student Senate, Ambassador Club, FTEA, WOW, Athletics. Volunteer. Positive. Servant. Leader. Genuine. Reliable. Problem-Solver. Listener. Thoughtful. Kind. He is a servant leader who leads by example, teaching us how we can genuinely serve one another.”

Also recognized at the virtual event were Resident Assistants, members of Student Senate and the Warrior Events Board, senior Conduct Board members, Club and Organization presidents, and Warriors Athletics captains and senior student-athletes.

To watch videos honoring all of these student leaders, please see the links below.

Impact Award Nominees

Resident Assistants

Student Senate

Warrior Events Board

Conduct Board

Clubs and Organizations

Warriors Athletics