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Meramec Student Julmus Wins MCCA Student Leadership Award

October 07, 2011

Steven Julmus  
Steven Julmus

St. Louis Community College-Meramec student Steven Julmus has been named the winner of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) Student Leadership Award.

Julmus, who resides in Ballwin, will receive his award at the MCCA Conference in November.

Julmus’ educational journey in the United States began in summer  2009, when he met St. Louis dentist Todd Wind at an orphanage in Haiti. For a week, Julmus served as his translator.

Graduating as the valedictorian at his high school, Julmus’ dream was to go to school in the United States. At the end of the trip, Julmus asked Wind to sponsor him as a student in the United States. When Wind pledged to help Julmus realize that dream, a new door opened.

Julmus arrived in the United States four days before the devastating earthquake occurred in Haiti. During his first semester, he joined the International Club and was involved in community services while prioritizing his education. During his first two semesters, he earned a 4.0 grade-point average, was placed on the Dean’s List, and received several scholarships.

Julmus has been active on the Meramec campus, participating in Haiti Relief Fundraising with the International Club, delivering presentations in college orientation classes, and helping with on-campus activities. He has worked as a gallery attendant for the Art department, parking lot attendant for Campus Police, math tutor in the math lab, tutor for TRIO student support services, and peer leader for Project Launch and New Student Success Orientation.

In fall 2010, he won third place for his essay, “Child Restaveks: Their Souls Cry Out,” in the Meramec Student Literary Competition. He also received the Certificate of National Merit and Certificate of Appreciation.

Julmus continues to succeed because he considers himself dedicated, focused, responsible, and most importantly, thankful for the opportunity to receive an education. Julmus plans to major in engineering and looks forward to transferring to a four year institution.