Jefferson Awards Winner Looks Back On Her Journey

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BRYAN- For Rusleen Maurice, service isn't a chore, it just comes naturally. She's involved with the Bryan Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity, Voices for Children and the Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley. Her many years of service to the community has not gone unnoticed.

Maurice said it seems like just yesterday she won a Jefferson Award in 2008.

"Shocked," she said. "Shocked would cover it all because you know everybody else that is nominated was deserving."

Even more shocking for Maurice, she was then selected to represent the Brazos Valley at the national Jefferson Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC.

"It was wonderful to be able to represent Bryan College Station," she said. "You know, it made me feel really good."

To Maurice, the whole experience was surreal, and it if weren't for pictures, she wouldn't believe it herself.

"It would be wonderful just to re-live it you know and go back and do it all over again," she said. "It was great, so that's one thing that's nice about having the pictures to look back at."

Now she wants to make sure other deserving volunteers get to experience the same thrill.

"There are just so many people in the Bryan College Station community that reach out to help others in different ways and it seems appropriate to give them some recognition and I don't imagine any of them are seeking it," Maurice said.

So she plans to nominate them herself, and encourages others to do the same.