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MNU Freshman Chosen for Prestigious Red Cross Academy

MidAmerica Nazarene University freshman Konner McIntire is one of only fourteen student-athletes in the U.S. chosen to participate in the 2012-2013 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. McIntire will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., June 4 through 15, attending the program’s leadership academy.

In its sixth year, the Red Cross/NAIA initiative is part of the Red Cross’s diversity strategy to move the public from awareness to action, and build the organization’s ability to serve all Americans. According to the NAIA, the academy includes coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training from the Red Cross as well as character workshops from the NAIA’s Champions of Character initiative. Upon completion McIntire will be expected to organize successful blood drives at MNU, participate in a leadership board, and complete diversity and cultural competency training. For her efforts she will receive a scholarship from the Red Cross sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

The Joplin, Mo., resident plays volleyball for the Pioneers and is a part of this year’s HAAC Championship team. Majoring in corporate communication, McIntire maintains a high GPA and is valued by her coach and teammates.

“Konner is an incredible team player who works very hard on the court and in the classroom,” says Pioneers volleyball coach Kristin Steele.

McIntire had unique experiences to share in the application process that required a resume, essay and interview. Just last year she spent the summer volunteering in her home town after the devastating Joplin tornado.

“The aftermath was so much worse than you could ever imagine unless you saw it for yourself,” she says. “My father is a physician and all the doctors in town were called in. There was a huge need for blood and the Red Cross was in town right away. My experience made me want to be a part of this internship program.”

Hoping to further solidify her career goals through the experience, McIntire says she thinks about someday running a non-profit organization like the Red Cross. The daughter of MNU alums Dr. Kent and Jackie (Boyd) McIntire is a 2011 graduate of College Heights Christian High School in Joplin, and attends Calvary Baptist Church of Joplin. Dr. Larry McIntire, Chair of MNU’s Board of Trustees is her grandfather.

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