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Interfaith Network recognizes student volunteer

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 9:24 a.m. CDT
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Graduating NIU law student Kevin Zickterman, left, accepts an award of appreciation from DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice Treasurer Ric Amesquita.

DeKALB – At a small gathering on May 5, the DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice honored graduating Northern Illinois University Law School student Kevin Zickterman for his help with programs on campus during the past year.  

In presenting a certificate of appreciation, network treasurer Ric Amesquita spoke of Zickterman’s leadership in the law school’s chapter of Amnesty International and his contribution to network programs.

“Because of his invaluable help, important information about our nation’s questionable use of drones and about the dangers posed by nuclear power plants – one of which is only 39 miles from DeKalb – were brought to the attention of the students, faculty, staff, as well as to the general public,” Amesquita said.

After graduation, Zickterman plans to take the bar examination and pursue a career in state or local government. He eventually hopes to run for an elected office and states, “A position in international law, either human rights or criminal, would fulfill a passion of mine.” In addition, he has dreams of starting his own nonprofit to transfer surplus supplies from manufacturers to needy families.

The certificate of appreciation was accompanied by a $500 award from the Interfaith Network. The organization has been active in DeKalb for 26 years. In addition to a weekly peace vigil in downtown DeKalb, the network presents programs on issues of peace and justice and presents scholarship awards to graduating seniors at DeKalb High School.  Membership is open to concerned citizens. For more information, call Cele Meyer at 815-758-0796.

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