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North Lake College honor student receives coveted Amidon/Beauchamp Memorial Award

IRVING – 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 the 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 campus.” 

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,” she said.

“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 political science.



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