Truman’s John R. Kirk Chapter of Blue Key Receives Distinguished Awards at National Conference


(Front row, left to right) Ben Coate, Shane Mulrooney, Nathan Whelan and Chris Copley (back row) Adam Harrold, Ryan Kiel, Ben Snyders, Whitey Holt, Dustin Carmack, Kyle Van Ittersum, David Wisdom and Paul Rotert receive an award at the Blue Key National Honor Society National Conference recently.

The John R. Kirk Chapter of Blue Key received more than leadership skills at the Blue Key National Honor Society National Conference held Jan. 18-20 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. The chapter was awarded Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award for being the top chapter in the nation. Adam Harrold, president of Truman’s Blue Key chapter, was awarded the President Award, for his selfless dedication to the organization. Harrold is a senior biology major from Gladstone, Mo.
The chapter also was recognized with a Certificate of Merit as well as Best Feature Award for their Web site. Whitey Holt, service chair of Truman’s Blue Key chapter, was extremely proud of the awards they received. Holt is a junior history and pre-education/secondary double major from Clayton, Mo.

“The guys have put a large amount of time and energy into Blue Key in order to become more involved in the betterment of the community,” Holt said. “It’s nice to get recognized because then you feel like your efforts are truly well spent.”

Founded on Truman’s campus in 1925, Blue Key is a selective group of about 35 undergraduate men who live by the motto “Serving, I live.” Living up to the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, and, most importantly, service, members of Blue Key strive to enhance the lives of everyone on the Truman campus as well as in the Kirksville community through various service projects, including blood drives, food drives, facilitating Truman State University’s Homecoming Parade, and many other weekly service projects.

The Web site,, is a useful tool in finding out more about Blue Key.
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