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June 29, 2005

Birmingham-Southern College graduate selected for Points of Light Award

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College alumna Katherine Stewart Stokes of Huntsville has been selected for a national Daily Points of Light Award for her volunteer work in educating young people about the perils of smoking.

Recognizing “volunteers of the day,” the Daily Points of Light Award is given by The Points of Light Foundation in partnership with the Volunteer Center National Network, the Knights of Columbus, and the Corporation for National Service. It honors individuals and organizations who have made a commitment to connect Americans through service to help meet critical needs in their communities and in the nation, especially those focused on the goals for children and youth set by the Presidents' Summit for America's Future.

Stokes, who will be showcased on The Points of Light Foundation's website July 1, was selected for the prestigious award based upon a wellness program she created “Up in Smoke—It's Your Choice to Smoke Your Life Away” to expose youth to the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.

Stokes used the topic “Up in Smoke” as a community service platform when she competed in the 2005 Miss Birmingham-Southern College and Miss Alabama pageants.

President George W. Bush and former President George Bush have endorsed the Daily Points of Light Award and each will send a congratulatory letter to recipients.

A May 2005 graduate in interdisciplinary biology/psychology, Stokes is the daughter of Kathryn Stokes of Huntsville.

For more information about the Points of Light Foundation, visit

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