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Ethete student earns award for leadership

Jun 28, 2013 - From staff reports

Hughes received the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship honor.

Teresa G. Hughes, of Ethete, was selected to receive the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship award for 2013-14. The award was presented May 1 during a ceremony attended by college leaders and supporters from the Bismarck, N.D., community.

The David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship is a privately funded award for students who demonstrate leadership potential in their home communities and at United Tribes.

"She's an incredible young leader," said Amy Mossett, the business department chairwoman at United Tribes Technical College. "She exemplifies what we think success is for tribal college students."

Hughes is an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho tribe. She said she was raised to be humble, compassionate and caring.

Hughes is an honor student with a 4.0 GPA who graduated with an associate degree in tribal management. She already has begun summer classes for the business administration bachelor's program.

"This award is about more than academics," Mossett said. "It's about leadership and the legacy she will leave going through her educational journey."

Hughes serves on the school board of the college's elementary school. She is president of the Business and Office Technology Club. Mossett praised her communication, interpersonal skills and perseverance.

"When I graduate with my business administration degree, I will be strong enough to confront problems, take risks and seize opportunities," Hughes said. "I will have knowledge that will go hand-in-hand with respect, so I can work honestly and responsibly, and empower my community through value-based management."

Hughes received a Pendleton blanket and recognition plaque from Gipp, the United Tribes president.

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