Sen. Kowall honors 2017 Fitzgerald Award winners

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall honored 2017 Fitzgerald Award recipients Evan Ward (left) and Isaac Martin on Tuesday during Senate session.

“The Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award recognizes talented young people active in Michigan government who have shown extraordinary dedication and a willingness to help others,” said Kowall, R-White Lake.

“The two young men standing with me today exemplify the qualities of hard work and devoted public service that we have come to expect from Fitzgerald Award winners. Thank you both for your service, and congratulations on this well-deserved award.”

Ward served as a student budget analyst and researcher at the State Budget Office of Michigan, where he researched the fiscal aspects of Medicaid and the corrections, higher education, and K-12 education budgets. He also interned with the House Republican Policy Office. Ward is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and politics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Martin interned in the Michigan House for state Rep. Lee Chatfield. Today he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Oakland University. He is a columnist for the Oakland Post and has been recognized as an Oakland Distinguished Scholar.

Recipients of the Frank Fitzgerald Public Service Award are honored for their excellence as scholars, communicators, and volunteers. The award is named for the late Frank Fitzgerald, a state lawmaker in the 1980s and 1990s. Fitzgerald served for 12 years in the Michigan House and was speaker pro tem for two terms.

Note: For a print-quality version of this or other Kowall photos, click the image or select Photowire under the Media Center tab, above.