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“The more I work with this organization, the more I see how important our voices and efforts are.”

KD Did It: Collegians

DELTA OMEGA-MISSISSIPPI STATE

BAILEYTHORNTON

While serving as her chapter's vice president-community service, Bailey launched a campaign to create and sell Mississippi license plates to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Mississippi. Her urge to do more for the prevention of child abuse was ignited when she was first introduced to Kappa Delta's philanthropy. In addition to hosting a Shamrock Event, Delta Omega sisters volunteer twice weekly at the Sally Kate Winters Home that provides shelter and other services for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

"Prior to joining KD and serving in this way, I was oblivious to just how common these problems are across our state," Bailey says. "Hearing story after story and forming relationships with these children made me want to get more people involved in a cause that helps these children who do not have a voice.

"This philanthropy has touched so many lives, and I know each Kappa Delta sister has seen that in a different and unique way," she says. "I hope each person this reaches will consider supporting the prevention of child abuse in some way."

Mississippi residents may purchase the plate at www.preventchildabusems.org/cartag. If 300 license plates are pre-sold by May 15, they will go into production in July and be available after that time. Proceeds from the sale of each plate, $24 of the $31 cost, will directly benefit PCA Mississippi.

1). EPSILON PI-VIRGINIA TECH

MADISON AUGUSTINE

Maddie is training a golden retriever named Melly to work as a service dog through Service Dogs Warren Retrievers. With Melly's calm demeanor, she will most likely assist a child with autism or someone with post-traumatic stress disorder. Over the course of 18 months, Maddie will attend monthly training sessions to help her teach Melly to respond to about 40 commands.

2). BETA KAPPA-TENNESSEE/CHATTANOOGA

Beta Kappa sisters showed their appreciation for local police officers by taking cookies to a Chattanooga police department.

3). ZETACHI-IDAHO

THERESA MILBRODT

Participating in a college veterinary program through Loop Abroad, Theresa spent two weeks in Thailand where she volunteered at Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary for elephants, and Animal Rescue Kingdom, which works primarily with dogs.

4). ALPHA KAPPA-OREGON STATE

KELSEYANNEALEXANDER

Kelseyanne's interest in public health led her to rural India for a 10-week internship during which she organized an outreach program at a local school to teach kids about preventive measures and worked with doctors from around the world.

5). EPSILON OMICRON-CENTRAL FLORIDA

NICOLETTE HERNANDEZ

Nicolette is one of several Kappa Delta collegians among the 114 interns selected for a summer internship with NBC Sports Group. During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nicolette worked the gymnastics venue, where she assisted the production team with live coverage of all gymnastics events.

6). ALPHA NU-WITTENBERG

JANE HOPKINSON-WOOD

Jane, a member of Wittenberg's women's varsity golf team, is the North Coast Athletic Conference Women's Overall Champion Medalist and the 2016 NCAC Golfer of the Year, an honor the league coaches gave her for the second consecutive year. Jane also was named a First Team All-American for the second time.

7). BETA TAU-VANDERBILT

JUSTINE KER

Representing her home state of Louisiana in the 2017 Miss America pageant, Justine created awareness for her platform, A Beautiful Mind: Promoting Positive Mental Health. At Vanderbilt, Justine served as president of LEAPS (Liaisons Educating & Advocating for Psychological Support), a student group that works with the university's counseling center as peer educators to promote positive mental health.

8). THETA NU-PURDUE

DOMINQUE FRY

Dominque, a senior studying political science and pre-law, gained hands-on experience in her field by interning for the Indiana House of Representatives. She served as an assistant to three house members and was able to attend sessions where she witnessed new Indiana laws being crafted and approved.

9). MU-MILLSAPS

With the goal to end human trafficking, senior Sara Jo Ridgeway brought the End It Movement to Millsaps during her freshman year. For at least one week every year since then, the school has focused on "shining a light on slavery" because of Sara Jo's hard work and the support of her Mu sisters. Pictured, from left, are KDs Carley Thaw and Mary Parker, event organizers; Tasha McGuire, banner committee; Sara Jo Ridgeway, End It Movement chairman; Amy Peters, banner committee; and Lauren Gaddie, media chairman.

10). BETA PSI-ARIZONA STATE

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona awarded its Everyday Heroes honor to Kappa Delta's Beta Psi Chapter at Arizona State University. Accepting the award on behalf of the chapter at PCA Arizona's 2016 conference were Caralyn "Kiki" Szostkiewicz, chapter president, at left, and Aundrea DeGravina, vice president-community service.

11). SIGMA LAMBDA-AUBURN

MADISON ROLLING

Madison is serving as Miss Aubum 2016-2017, representing her fellow students and the university to the outside community, alumni and prospective students. The student body annually elects Miss Aubum on a platform, a cause that will motivate and engage the university. Madison has rallied students to support Clothing for Confidence, which provides children in need with new clothes for their first day of school.

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