First Posted: 4/12/2010 3:16:48 PM | Last Updated: 4/12/2010 9:09:30 AM
BY ANDRA HILLIS, OURTOWN.COM
LAFAYETTE – Antonio Martin, a member of the Ivy Tech-Lafayette Student Ambassador program, is OurTown.com’s Student of the Month for April.
Martin will graduate from Ivy Tech in May. Through volunteering, and taking part in several organizations, Martin sought out to achieve his goals.
He began at Ivy Tech in 2008 in hopes of setting a good example for others, particularly his son. With a positive attitude, Martin excelled not only in his classes, but through volunteering and other organizations as well.
Martin co-founded the Multicultural Club at Ivy Tech. The club accommodates the vast diverse group of students at Ivy Tech, allowing students of different genders and ethnic backgrounds to come together.
Not only is Martin involved in a variety of organizations, but also finds time to give back to his community through volunteering. Martin said volunteering is important to him because he not only wants to set a good example, but show youths that they can spend time on something productive.
Martin said he seeks to use his own story of success to prove that one can change his or her own life. Martin has offered his time to organizations such as Carey Home for Children, Boys & Girls Club, Hanna Community Center, and he took part on the Martin Luther King Committee.
Through the MLK Committee, Martin facilitated the Martin Luther King Day ceremony in 2009, and had the opportunity to introduce Lafayette mayor Tony Roswarski and State Rep. Shelia Klinker.
Martin has even been given the honor of being the commencement speaker at his graduation. His willpower and tremendous work ethic has paid off.
He said he will continue on to IUPUI this upcoming fall, aspiring to achieve a political science degree. Martin’s long-term goal is to be a prosecuting attorney, then juvenile court judge in order to help others.