[Archived from June 5, 2009]
[by Phyllis Shaikun]
Daniel Ensign, this year’s recipient of the Ellen and Milton Cantor Israel Scholarship (see story in the March 20 edition of Community), has yet another award to his credit: the Joseph Fink BBYO Community Service Award. The award will be presented at the first annual meeting of The Jewish Community of Louisville on Monday, June 29, 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center.
“I feel so honored to receive the Joseph Fink Award said the duPont Manual High School senior said. “BBYO has been such an important part of my high school career, and I am extremely excited to be recognized for my commitment to this movement. I can’t wait to see what all of our young leaders will be able to do over the course of their time in BBYO.”
Ensign has been extremely involved with B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) activities and will be traveling to Israel this summer to take part in the BBYO International Leadership Seminar Israel (ILSI). He will put the skills he learns to good use at the University of Maryland in the fall, where he will participate in the College Park Scholars Honors Program.
BBYO has been a significant part of Ensign’s young life. He has served in a number of leadership roles on the chapter, regional and international levels and attended the CLTC (Chapter Leadership Training Conference) in 2006, the ILTC (International Leadership Training Conference) in 2007, Kallah 2008 (Judaic Summer Program), IC 2007-2009 and went on the March of the Living 2008.
In recognition of his efforts, he received the Stacy Marks Nisenbaum Award in 2006, a Stuart Pressma Award in 2008, the Tree Of Life Award (for recruitment) and the Silver Shield of David (the highest award an Aleph can receive) from BBYO.
In addition he has been a member of the Y-Club (a model government organization with an emphasis on community service) and helped found Action For Africa, a club striving to raise awareness of various crises in Africa with a focus on the “Invisible Children” of Uganda. He also was a volunteer in the 2008 Yarmuth for Congress campaign.
Ensign, is the son of Julie and Jim Ensign and grandson of Elaine and the late Henry Frank and the late Les and Carolyn Ensign.