During this year’s virtual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the 2021 recipients of the Dr. Al Cade Beacon of Hope Service Awards were announced.

The awards honor an individual student and a student group who have contributed an extraordinary level of dedication and demonstrated superior leadership through volunteers service on or off campus.

The individual award was presented to Nicholas Staus, a senior international and political affairs major from Joplin, while the group award was presented to the MSSU softball team.

In this episode of “MOSOunds,” we speak with Staus and Abby Atkin, pitcher for the softball team, and learn about the award’s namesake from Faustina Abrahams.