Kiwanis Citizenship Award goes to Melanie Bailey

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Pictured are the Minnesota-Dakotas District One Kiwanis Lt. Governor Gary Ochsner of Minot, ND., Melanie Bailey, and Colleen Batton, President of the Devils Lake Kiwanis Club. Bailey is heading to NDSU this fall to begin her studies at the university.

The Lt. Governor of the Minnesota Dakota District One Kiwanis was in Devils Lake Tuesday to make a very special presentation.

At the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Kiwanis International 98th Annual District convention held in Grand Forks Aug. 7 - 9 Melanie Bailey was selected to receive the Citizenship Award.

On Oct. 11, 2014, Bailey was a senior at Devils Lake High School and was competing in the EDC Cross Country meet at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Glyndon, Minn. when she encountered Danielle Lenoue, a member of the Fargo South team that had sustained an injury and needed medical help. Even though the injured student encouraged her to keep going in the race, Bailey carried her 1/4 mile on her back to where she could get the medical attendtion that she required.

It was the belief of the Kiwanis’ Lt. Governor, Gary Ochsner of Minot, after learning of the actions of the DLHS student, that Bailey displayed exemplary decision making skills for someone her age. The Devils Lake Kiwanis Club sponsored her nomination for this award because of her “selfless act of kindness,” the application stated.

Of all those nominated from North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, Bailey was selected for the honor.

Ochsner attended Tuesday’s Kiwanis Club meeting in Devils Lake to make the presentation himself.

Kiwanis meets every Tuesday at noon in the meeting room of the Whitehouse Café in the Holiday Mall.