O’Shea Owens, right, was a finalist for the Emerging Leader Award presented by the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. He is shown here with, from left, Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president, and Lucy Sare after Owens and Sare were named Homecoming king and queen.
Award recognizes contributions to school, community
FORT WAYNE — O’Shea Owens, a senior majoring in criminal justice and psychology at Trine University, was a finalist for the first Emerging Leader Award, which will be presented by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana at its My City Summit on Jan. 24.
The award is presented to a high school or college student who represents his or her school proudly through service, leadership, community engagement, strong academics and vision for creating positive change.
The nomination for Owens, who is from Hobart, Indiana, says he “is an integral part of Trine University’s campus and the Angola community. He has continued to go above and beyond in every task he is given, no matter what obstacles he may face.”
Owens serves as a university ambassador, resident director and leader of the Blue Crew, Trine’s student spirit section. He also is a member of the campus Diversity Awareness Committee, and recently assisted in an open forum creating space for students to understand and learn the different cultural experiences of their peers on campus, in the community, and the society at large. He also serves as the assistant varsity coach for the Angola High School baseball team.
“His involvement and dedication across campus and in the community demonstrates his passion for helping others and striving to be his best self,” the nomination reads. “He continues to make a positive impact on students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community.”
The fourth My City Summit will be held at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Wayne. The theme of the summit will focus on boosting community strength by harnessing diversity to generate big ideas, put them into action and provide sustainable solutions.
The Ian Rolland Courageous Leadership Award and YLNI Emerging Leader Award recipients will be recognized at the event.