Mt. Vernon grad's leadership valued

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Spencer Burk is a natural leader.

At Mt. Vernon High School, he was captain of the football team, a Marauder Mentor and president of the student council.

Now, the 22-year-old spends his time at Wabash College studying psychology and helping others as a resident assistant at Martindale Hall.

Spencer is the head RA at Wabash, and works to facilitate communication between administration and students and help with any social conflicts. He is also are available to help with classes and pretty much anything that an underclassmen might need.

“It’s sort of how much you put yourself out there,” Spencer said. “Just be willing to keep your door open. It’s surprising how many of those guys end up coming back to you.”

As head RA, Spencer leads the other 11 RAs and works closely with the school’s administration. That includes solving the issues between RAs. He also is involved in the WAR (Wabash Acts Responsibly) Council, a club that promotes safe and responsible drinking and social interaction.

“We definitely want to promote having a good time, but a good, safe time. We just raise awareness on the best way to have a good time,” Spencer said.

Spencer has been great at relating to all of his students as an RA, according to Richard Paige, associate director of communications and marketing at Wabash.

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