Jean Louis Manga Bell, a North Lake College sophomore,
received the 2011 Amidon/Beauchamp Memorial Award for Student
Leader of the Year at an awards ceremony April 1 at the
Radisson Hotel in Mesquite.
Manga Bell, a Phi Theta Kappa officer with a 3.45 GPA,
was honored along with six other Dallas County Community College
District (DCCCD) students for his exemplary leadership,
academic excellence, involvement on campus and overall achievements.
Hosted by the Student Life Council of the DCCCD, the
Student Leader of the Year award honors the memory of two former Student
Life directors, David Amidon, who served Eastfield
College, and Sharon Beauchamp, who served North Lake. Since coming to
United States two years ago from Cameroon, Manga Bell
has devoted countless volunteer hours collecting food for the needy on
North Lake’s Central Campus. He even stepped in to keep
the campus food pantry open when a vacancy occurred.
In the Irving community, he helped with the Great
American Cleanup, the Trinity Trash Bash, and the city’s Fourth of July
Parade float for Phi Theta Kappa. He participated in the
Super Bowl 45 Environmental Campaign by helping to plant 100 trees
to help lower the carbon footprint, and is an active
participant in the college’s International Club, Service-Learning and
the Student Leadership Institute.
Manga Bell achieved a Five Star Level Membership status
in Phi Theta Kappa by working through a rigorous program that focused
on scholarship, leadership and service. Of the two
million honor society members, only about 100 reach the Five Star Level.
When asked how he felt about receiving the prestigious
Amidon/Beauchamp award, Manga Bell said, “I am grateful and I feel
humble. I’m thankful to all the students who helped me
help us get to where we are now and achieve the numerous projects on
Dr. Yolanda Romero, history professor at North Lake and
Phi Theta Kappa advisor, is especially proud of Manga Bell’s
accomplishments as a servant leader. “He is bright,
talented and tenacious, but also charismatic, witty and compassionate,”
“He is everything this award embodies.”
Manga Bell plans to attend a four-year college in the
fall and major in international relations, with a minor in economics or
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