Sparkes Wins Prestigious Award

April 21, 2010

Middlebury College women's lacrosse player Carrie Sparkes (Wayne, Pa.) was recently the recipient of the Madeleine Kunin Public Service Award. The award is given annually to a student from a VCC (Vermont  Campus Compact) member institution, for his/her outstanding public service and leadership, demonstrated through a spectrum of efforts. Through their sustained involvement, the recipient establishes a linkage of their service to a larger social context and a commitment to community impact. The recipient of the award models deeply ingrained civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative approaches to community issues, and effective community building.


Sparkes has been involved in the Middlebury community throughout her four years on campus. She has steadily been working with the homeless in Addison County at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter. She has helped coordinate college volunteers, while also spending several hours each month volunteering her own time.

Sparkes spent her junior semester abroad studying multiculturalism and social change in South Africa, while working at the local Middlebury Community Care Coalition during J-Term. At Middlebury, she helped find the Service Cluster Board, which has been instrumental in increasing SGA funding for volunteer service organizations. Sparkes went to Nicaragua in February with the "Lacrosse the Nations" program and hopes to return for more social work soon.

She is a four-year member of the women's lacrosse team at Middlebury, where she is currently serving as a tri-captain during her senior year.