Christina Melecio: Why I’m proud to be a Warrior
My name is Christina Melecio, and I have the honor of serving this year as the Student Senate President at Winona State University. As an official representative of the student body, I am lucky enough to hear about and see glimpses into the wonderful events and activities that students across the university put their hearts into. I have the opportunity to connect with large numbers of students on a personal level, and I find myself in a constant state of awe observing the drive and dedication of our students.
For example, during the course of the school year, many student clubs volunteer their time in the greater Winona community. The Winona State Nursing Club hosts free flu shot clinics and coordinates an annual food drive. Dream Closet hosts a clothing drive that serves anyone in need, providing free clothing for babies, teens, men, women and more. Pi Sigma Epsilon, a national business fraternity, hosts a pancake breakfast as a way to bring together community members and students. The WarriorThon dance marathon, hosted by Warriors For The Kids, has raised $20,000 for local children and families supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Gundersen Health Systems. The Colleges Against Cancer Club hosts Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer research.
Especially of note as we launch our 2018 Homecoming festivities is the annual Homecoming Clean Sweep, which will take place this Sunday and help clean up neighborhoods that may be affected by the celebration. Nearly 50 students are already signed up to participate as volunteers and help show our neighbors that we care, and take pride in our community.
This generosity of spirit does not stop with the previous mentioned clubs and efforts. The amount of time I could spend boasting about the student groups that work for and with the community is astounding. Already in the few short weeks since the start of fall semester, our students have accomplished an undeniable amount of greatness, and I could not be prouder to call these people my peers. And I am also so appreciative of the community of Winona, which provides the students at Winona State University a welcoming environment to learn, grow, and ultimately become good future citizens.