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WAVERLY — Madison Bloker’s journey as a servant-leader started long before she set foot on the Wartburg College campus. In elementary school, Bloker founded the Best Little Thinkers, a group of like-minded students seeking to raise money for a swimming pool in her hometown of Clarksville.

Now, the Wartburg junior is being honored for her continued commitment to service. Bloker, a journalism and communication major, is one of 268 students nationwide who will make up Campus Compact’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.

“Madison is truly a deserving candidate of this fellowship because of her contribution to society and her tremendous amount of leadership and self-motivation,” wrote Darrel Colson, Wartburg’s president, in his nomination.

At Wartburg, Bloker serves as student director for Service Trips, marketing coordinator for the Volunteer Action Center, a college ambassador and the sponsorship director for Dance Marathon. She also has been an orientation leader, wrestling and women’s basketball manager and a member of the women’s golf team and Symphonic Band.

Campus Compact is a Boston-based nonprofit working to advance the public purposes of higher education. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities.

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