Kowall, Senate honor 2016 Fitzgerald Award winners

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LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Tuesday honored 2016 Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award winners (from left) Nathan Kissling, Joseph Brennan and Jason Nichol.

The three men were recognized for their excellence as scholars, communicators and volunteers.

“These young gentlemen have shown exceptional talent, dedication and service in their work,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “Their personal futures are bright, and their excellence in leadership bodes well for the future of our nation as well. It was a distinct privilege to honor these men today.”

The Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award recognizes talented young people active in Michigan government who have shown extraordinary dedication and willingness to help others. The award is named for the late Frank Fitzgerald, a state lawmaker in the 1980s and 1990s.

Brennan interned in the Michigan House of Representatives and graduated in May from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. He has interned in Washington D.C. and studied overseas in Turkey.

Brennan earned the Vern Ehlers Award for his volunteer work in the Michigan House and also received the Gordon and Norma Guyer Summer Internship Scholarship.

Kissling is a policy advisor with the Michigan House Republican Policy Office. He has also been an aide to Rep. Tom Hooker and to Rep. Ed McBroom. Before that, he was a runner and an assistant to the House clerk.

Kissling earned the John Quincy Adams Award from the Student Statesmanship Institute. He is also certified as a Community Emergency Response Teams trainer. He donated several hundred volunteer hours in Mississippi and Texas after those states were damaged by hurricanes.

Nichol graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and now is a law clerk to Judge David McKeague in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was student body president at Central Michigan University, where he majored in music, business administration, and finance.

Nichol competed on the CMU speech and debate team and helped the group earn several national awards. He is also an accomplished musician. He played for the Midland Symphony Orchestra during his undergraduate studies at CMU.

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