Kizer, Ngo named 2011 Hetzel Award recipients for leadership

University Park, Pa. – Sara Y. Kizer, a senior health policy and administration major from Clarks Summit, Pa., and Toan V. Ngo, a senior information science and technology major at Penn State Harrisburg, have been named recipients of the 2011 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award.

Named for Penn State's 10th president, the Hetzel Award recognizes a combination of high scholastic attainment together with good citizenship and participation and leadership in student activities.

A member of the Schreyer Honors College, Kizer is president of the Student United Way at University Park and is involved in the student group, Council of Lionhearts. She is a past student coordinator of the University's Trash to Treasure recycling program at Beaver Stadium and served on the board of directors of the Asian American Students in Action.

Kizer also performed as a violinist with the Penn State Sinfonia musical group, and has been named to the Lion's Paw Honor Society. According to one nominator, "she has a uniquely inclusive leadership style that draws people in and helps them to become fully engaged in the decision-making process."

Ngo, from Mechanicsburg, Pa., has been on the dean's list every semester. A four-year starter on the men's soccer team, he has been named a North Eastern Athletic Conference Scholar athlete for four years and as Penn State Harrisburg Student Athlete of the Year for two years. He is a member of the Blue & White Society and  serves as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, vice president of the Information Technology Club and as event chair and webmaster for the Lion Ambassadors.

"He has proven leadership skills that are tangible, coupled with a strong spirit to provide public service," a nominator said.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011