N.S. college graduate named among finalists for Strickland Trailblazer Award

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    High Point, NC – A North Smithfield woman among graduates with the Class of 2022 at High Point University has received recognition for her hard work, passion for service, perseverance and determination.

    Alexis LaBelle was one of nine finalists for the annual Elizabeth Miller Strickland Trailblazer Award, an honor that comes with a monetary prize and recognition for extraordinary accomplishments as a pioneer in serving the community.

    Candidates were nominated for the award by the North Carolina university’s deans and vice presidents, and invited to apply. The award is presented annually to a graduating female student who epitomizes the qualities of hard work, passion for service, perseverance and determination.

    The award aims to assist a deserving student in her transition from undergraduate studies to her next steps as an HPU alumna.

    Aleah Hayes of Harrisburg, N.C was named the top recipient.

    Each of the nine finalists was commended on her impressive resume of academia, service and passion as part of a private ceremony during the Strickland Women’s Leadership Summit.

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