In addition to the prestigious award, Duggan participated in a day of service with the other recipients and received a $500 cash award.
The selection process began last November, when Campus Ministry invited students to submit their application. These applications focused on outlining the individual’s service experiences and what service means to them. Around 15 students submitted applications, all with stellar records of commitment to service throughout their four years of high school. However, Duggan stood out because of his work away from the SLUH community with his parish, St. Vincent De Paul.
“I live in the city in a diverse area which made me realize there was a need for the service right in my neighborhood,” said Duggan. “Doing service at my parish made me feel like I was making an impact in the immediate community.”
Duggan works throughout the year at his parish’s food pantry—around 150 hours in total—packaging and delivering food to needy families who live in his neighborhood.
In addition, Duggan worked extensively during his junior year as NHS head of service, coordinating service days and logging student’s hours. Despite all his work, Duggan was surprised to learn that he had earned the recognition.
“I can think of 50 candidates who could have won this award, which really says something about the SLUH community,” said Duggan. “I didn’t even expect to be nominated in the first place so the fact that I won was a complete shock.”
Choosing Duggan seemed easy for campus minister Simonie Anzalone though, due to his admirable effort and countless hours he put in throughout the year without ever asking for praise.
“He’s a quiet guy and I think he often flies under the radar, but he’s doing some really amazing work in our community, said Anzalone. “I think it’s awesome that he’s being recognized for it.”
Moving forward, Duggan hopes to involve himself in the world of service at Mizzou next year, though he may choose a different area to focus on.