Nicholas Bergeron, a sophomore from Fall Creek who is studying Math Education, was presented with the Whitney Radder Phuture Phoenix Phenomenal Role Model Award, Wednesday (May 4) in a special ceremony held on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

 Whitney Radder was a Phuture Phoenix tutor, pursing a degree in education, when she was killed in a tragic car accident as she returned from a Phuture Phoenix visit to Franklin Middle School on April 20, 2010. Wanting her strong spirit to carry on and serve as inspiration to others, her peers established this honor in her memory. This award is presented each semester to a Phuture Phoenix Role Model for exemplifying, upholding and exceeding the expectations of the Phuture Phoenix program, while providing phenomenal community service in Phuture Phoenix partner schools.

Phuture Phoenix began in 2003 from an extended conversation between Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former chancellor Bruce Shepard and University Trustee Ginny Riopelle about establishing a mentoring program that could help students in at-risk schools stay on course for college. It has since served almost 10,000 school children from elementary schools with significant low-income populations. And it’s being replicated at UW-Eau Claire, Western Washington University and Silver Lake College.

Attending the ceremony, which was held in the final semester’s class for ED 295, the Phuture Phoenix class was Keith Bowe, Whitney Radder’s cousin.