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Toyin Showole '04 has been chosen as the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Province Leader of the Year, a first in St. Lawrence University's history.

Every ODK Circle, of which there are over 300 nationally, may annually nominate a Circle Leader of the Year; at St. Lawrence, nominations have been made for at least the past five years. Circle Leaders enter a competition for Province Leader of the Year; there are 13 Circles in the Province to which the University belongs. For the first time ever, the Province Leader of the Year is the representative from St. Lawrence, Showole.

She will now go on to compete with the other 16 Province Leaders for ODK Leader of the Year. There is only one chosen.According to ODK, "The Leader of the Year Award is one of the Society's most coveted awards. This award recognizes students who have made a qualitative difference in their institutions and in the lives of others. Each circle can nominate its Circle Leader of the Year for the Province Leader of the Year Award. The 16 province nominees then compete for the National Leader of the Year Award."

Showole, of Staten Island, New York, will graduate with a degree in biology and begins medical school this summer at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. In addition to being active in St. Lawrence's ODK Circle, Showole has also been a member of the volleyball team, a participant in the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP), a residential Community Assistant (CA), Organic Chemistry tutor, staff writer for The Hill News (student newspaper), an admissions tour guide, a member of Beta Beta Beta (biology honorary) and student delegate to the Alumni Executive Council.

Posted: May 7, 2004