VERO BEACH — Noreen Ramsey of Vero Beach, a graduate of the Saint Edward’s class of 2011, has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit by U.S. Congressman Bill Posey (representing Florida’s 15th District). Noreen has served as an Intern in the Congressman’s office in Washington DC on three different occasions over the past year and a half.
“During the last elections, I realized how interested I was in politics,” Noreen said when asked how she began her career as a Congressional Intern. “In my sophomore year, when I had heard that there were different opportunities for my junior year interim, I knew that a week on “The Hill” would be very exciting. After much planning, I spent 5 days interning with various political groups in D.C., the most exciting of which was with Congressman Bill Posey.”
Since then Noreen has interned in Congressman Posey’s office on two additional occasions. In 2010, the Indian River County Rotary Club sponsored Noreen’s trip to the World Affairs Seminar at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
During her senior year, Noreen was vice president for the Senior Class, and she received Saint Edward’s Special Service Award for her concern for others and dedication to excellence. Noreen sees her path from Saint Edward’s to college and beyond leading to politics.
“Interning with the Congressman has influenced my direction with my college major. The interim program provided me with an experience that was very rare,” she says, and “I absolutely want to be on Capitol Hill in the future. These experiences have opened my eyes to many national problems that our government is trying to solve. To see our government at work was such a choice opportunity – one that I am glad I seized!”
Noreen will continue to pursue her education and test out her political aspirations at Villanova University this fall.