Erica Clark, an MSUM student studying elementary inclusive education, was presented with a framed Ethical Citizen Award in recognition of exemplary ethical behavior within the Fargo-Moorhead community.

Interim Dean of the College of Education and Human Services and Graduate Studies Boyd Bradbury presented Clark with the award in front of the School of Teaching and Learning faculty Wednesday afternoon.

“It was my privilege to present Erica with the Ethical Citizen Award,” Bradbury said. “It is easy to do the right thing when people are watching, but it is an altogether different thing when no one is watching. Erica’s actions truly exemplify the sort of integrity that we want in our teacher education majors. I am proud of Erica and our teacher education program at MSUM, and I believe that Erica is representative of the type of teacher we produce at MSUM. It should be remembered that it is our choices in life that truly define who we are.”

An award was the last thing Clark was expecting. “I’m surprised. I didn’t know what to expect when I came here,” Clark said. “I just thought they wanted to thank me, but I’m very surprised and honored to have an award.”

Clark has also received recognition from total strangers. “I have cards from people all around the country saying, ‘Your story inspired me, and I shared it with my kids. I hope that they’ll grow up to be like you.’ It’s really cool.”

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