The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission (GJJC) has announced that Marshall Trudo is the recipient of the 2012 Tony Maggiore Youth Excellence Award. Trudo, a June 2011 graduate of Milwaukee Public Schools who is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and looking to major in accounting, is being recognized for significant positive achievements he has made in his academic and personal life despite obstacles presented due to early negative choices and resulting consequences.
Trudo will be presented with the award at 11:45 a.m. during Tuesday’s GJJC meeting at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Avenue (State Highway 20), Racine WI 53406. He will also be presented with a letter of congratulations from MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton, who noted that Trudo’s success “makes all of us at Milwaukee Public Schools proud.”
Trudo was nominated for the award by those familiar with his accomplishments due to his participation in the St. Charles Youth and Family Services’ “Welcome Home Project.” He was described as “an exceptional young man who has definite leadership skills and potential” by Lawrence Thomas of the St. Charles staff. Thomas noted that Trudo began his classes at UWM while completing his high school studies and overcoming issues that included a brief period of homelessness and his mother suffering a heart attack.
The Youth Excellence Award is named for Anthony Maggiore, a former adjunct professor at UWM and Associate Director of the Social Development Commission who served as a member of the GJCC and worked tirelessly to design and develop programs designed to benefit children, families, the elderly and the homeless. Maggiore spearheaded national efforts to create energy assistance programs for low-income families and served as the research director of the Milwaukee Homicide Project.
Trudo has been active in community volunteer efforts, having worked with the Wisconsin League of Young Voters in their campaign against violence, the Next Door Foundation’s “Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative” and organizing car was fundraising.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving nearly 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000.