Trotter Award Winner
The Fall 2017 recipient of the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award is Madlina Jonassaint from Miami, Florida. Throughout her collegiate journey, Madlina has been committed to her academic endeavors, pursuing a Nursing degree while earning an outstanding GPA. Given the selectivity of the Nursing program, this is not just an average student accomplishment. Madlina considers her acceptance into the highly competitive Nursing program as one of her most memorable Georgia State moments. In 2016, she was a charter member of the Pre-Nursing Society. Madlina has also been an Honors College student since Spring 2014, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In addition to her success in the classroom, Madlina has been actively involved on campus.
Madlina began her campus involvement as a member of the Quiet Storm Steppers, where she eventually served as the Community Service Chair and Step Master. She served as the Membership Chair of College Girls Rock, Inc. and was a 2016 Inductee into the Collegiate 100 of Atlanta. Madlina is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. While actively involved in these organizations, Madlina also spent a significant amount of time serving the community through her involvement in MedShare, Hands on Atlanta, B.E.S.T. Academy, Atlanta Food Bank, Books for Africa, Parklane Elementary School, and Adopt-a-Road. She gained experience in patient care work through service at Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Grady Memorial Hospital. While her service to the greater Atlanta community was significant, Madlina also carved out time to serve Georgia State University.
While Madlina looked for opportunities to grow and develop as a leader, she also represented the university in a variety of capacities. Madlina participated in the Panther L.E.A.P. Leadership Development Program and the Panther Leadership Academy before serving as a mentor and cohort leader for both programs. Madlina served as the face of the university in her roles as a New Student Orientation Leader, 1913 Ambassador, and Welcome Center Tour Guide. Her enthusiasm for Georgia State allowed her to shine in these roles and contributed to her selection as the Homecoming Princess in the fall of 2015.
Madlina has been described by her peers as someone who is hard-working, committed, and passionate. She constantly looks for opportunities to encourage others and offer support for peers who are struggling to balance their commitments. She will be remembered on campus for her warm and engaging personality. After graduation, Madlina will begin a full-time position as a Clinical Nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Please join Leadership Programs in congratulating the Fall 2017 Recipient of the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award, Madlina Jonassaint.