Greensburg student to receive Lugar award

A Greensburg teen has been chosen to receive the 2012 Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders at the University of Indianapolis.


Macy Ballard, 17, attends Greensburg Community High School, where she has been an A student, a three-year class president, a member of National Honor Society, president of the Junior Optimist service club, and active in band, choir, theater, speech team, youth mentoring and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Senator Lugar will present the award Dec. 8 during the 36th annual Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders at UIndy. The event gives top high school juniors from around the state an opportunity to hear a keynote address from Lugar and explore pressing public issues through expert-led small-group discussions.

Ballard, the daughter of Richard and Angie Ballard of Greensburg, was among nearly 500 Indiana students who attended last year’s symposium and were invited to apply for the leadership award, which includes $1,000 in cash. The recipient must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate leadership skill and a commitment to serving others.

About UIndy’s Lugar Center
The Richard G. Lugar Center for Tomorrow’s Leaders was established in 2007 at the University of Indianapolis to build on the Lugar symposium’s long history of promoting civic leadership among Indiana youth. The center coordinates the symposium as well as related events and programs for high school and college students. Senator Lugar served on the university’s Board of Trustees from 1970 to 2002 and has conducted the symposium at UIndy since 1977. More information is available at