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Marlisa Shaw, Frederick Purnell Receive Second-Ever ‘Guide State Forward’ Award

Marlisa Shaw and Frederick Purnell were named the recipients of Homecoming’s second-ever “Guide State Forward” award at halftime of Penn State’s football game against Purdue.

Shaw is a senior majoring in biology and psychology and a member of the Millennium Scholars Program. She’s conducted research in various campus labs and worked with the Minority Health Initiative and SAFE & AWARE.

Purnell is a senior majoring in biology and the president of LGBTQA Student Roundtable, vice president of the Queer and Trans People of Color Organization (QTPOC), and a peer educator for Men Against Violence.

Last year marked the first time ever that the award was presented after Homecoming instituted it in place of crowning a king and queen and announced the court would be gender-neutral moving forward After Homecoming announced members of the court, seniors voted throughout the week to decide who would receive the “Guide State Forward” award.

Congratulations, Marlisa and Frederick!

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected]. All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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