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Student ministry leader named West Virginia University’s Miss Mountaineer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (BP)–Sarah Ann Erwin, president of the Southern Baptist student group Mountaineer Campus Ministries at West Virginia University, is the 2007 Miss Mountaineer Award recipient.

Erwin was presented with the award Nov. 9 at halftime of the West Virginia-Louisville game. The honoree is selected by a panel of judges based on merit, community and campus involvement and school spirit.

In addition to her work with Mountaineer Campus Ministries, Erwin is involved in such campus organizations as Colleges Against Cancer, the Center for Excellence in Disabilities and Alpha Phi Omega.

Michel Boyer, director of Mountaineer Campus Ministries at WVU, said Erwin has helped organize the WVU Relay for Life event for the past two years.

“Sarah was instrumental in getting MCM connected with Relay so that MCM could use its photo evangelism tool, WV Snap, to take the official team photos of more than 60 registered teams and share Christ in the process,” Boyer said. “It is an honor and a privilege to call Sarah Ann Erwin an MCMer and a friend.”

Erwin’s passion for Colleges Against Cancer stems from her own survival from cancer.

“Being a cancer survivor, I have realized that God is in total control of my life,” she said. “I may not understand things at times and I may still worry about things I shouldn’t, but I know that He has a plan for my life. I have also realized that life is not about me, but what I can do to please God.”

Erwin said God has shown her the good that has come from her illness, as she has been able to tell many people the impact that cancer has had on her life.

“In doing so, I have been able to also share with them how thankful I am because God has granted me so many opportunities to give Him glory through sharing my life with others,” she said. “I try my best to take one day at a time and know that all that matters is what I do for God. I seek to serve Christ by serving others and am able to glorify Christ by giving back to those who have helped me along the way.”

A graduate student working on a degree in occupational therapy, Erwin plans to graduate in May 2008 and return to her hometown of Delbarton, W.Va., to begin her career.
Adapted from information provided by Mountaineer Campus Ministries at West Virginia University.

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