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Posted by Madi Hantho on Thursday, 27 March 2014 in Celebrate Freedom Programs

2014 General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Award Winners

The Trust announced the winners of the General George C. Marshall Public & Youth Leadership Awards at a dinner Wednesday evening at 6:00pm. The dinner featured a keynote address by Rick Drake, Director of Corporate Relations & Associate Director of Development of the General George C. Marshall Foundation, as well as recognition for all the nominees and the announcement of the 2014 recipients.

At the event, Matthew Bisturis was honored as the 2014 General George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award recipient. He is the 25th recipient of this prestigious community award honoring the legacy of one-time Vancouver resident General George C. Marshall.

Matthew Bisturis has lived and worked in Vancouver, Washington since 2007. In his nomination form, David G. Bristol wrote, “Since the beginning of his legal career, Matt has exemplified himself as a professional and an enthusiastic leader in this community. He volunteers his time to the Washington Small Business Development Center through WSU, which provides advice, training and research to businesses in Southwest Washington.” In addition, Matt “volunteers in teaching two classes on the topic of business formations to students enrolled at WSU. He serves on the board of the Parks Foundation of Vancouver and Clark County and donates his time to Leadership Clark County.”

As recipient of the Marshall Award, Bisturis will travel to Lexington, Virginia, to tour the Marshall Foundation, and to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. He also will participate in the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs throughout the year and will have opportunities to meet with local elected officials.

“All ten nominees were outstanding this year,” said selection committee chair Larry Smith. “It is truly an honor to see so many great leaders develop in our community. Matthew Bisturis’ qualifications, specifically his dedication to volunteer work in the community, is exceptional.”

Also at the Marshall Award Dinner, Fort Vancouver High School Senior Jose Scott was recognized as the 2014 General George C. Marshall Youth Leadership Award recipient. This prestigious award was established in 2000 by two former Marshall Public Leadership Award recipients, and is presented to a Clark County high school student who demonstrates leadership, takes a stand for the rights of others, serves as a role model, shows initiative and motivates others to become involved.

In his nomination materials, Jose’s teacher and counselor praised Jose for his exceptional leadership skills. Bethany Rivard, Jose’s teacher, wrote, “Jose Scott is the most extraordinary young man. One of the most extraordinary things about him is he makes everyone around him better with the way he leads by example. He takes any leadership opportunity that is offered to him, which has made him very popular with our administration. Recently, the principal chose Mr. Scott to be the student liaison for a mayoral panel.” Jose’s counselor, Marie Monek, also commented, “Like George C. Marshall, Jose puts his academics first while enduring countless hours towards the school’s anti-bullying and students of color clubs. He often talks about the next community project and how they can serve either young children in need or the homeless. As I observed, Jose was open to suggestions and had the ability to listen to his peers and delegate responsibilities, which is a crucial part of being a leader. Jose is a young man of incredible integrity, a gentle smile and a heart to contribute to the community to make it a better place for kids that are less fortunate.” 

Selection Committee members of the Marshall Youth Leadership Award were impressed with the high caliber of dedication and accomplishments demonstrated by this year’s twenty nominees. Each nominee demonstrated traits of General Marshall by providing exceptional leadership and service to their schools in the Clark County community.  It is clear that the 2014 recipient, Jose Scott, is deserving of this award.

The Trust would like to thank all participants of this program and awards event and look forward to continuing the tradition next year. Special thanks goes to Riverview Community Bank for their sponsorship of the General George C. Marshall Public Leadership award program. We are also grateful for Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and 40 et 8, Voiture 99’s support of the award programs. These important leadership programs would not be possible without the support of these generous sponsors.

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