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November 18, 2012

WESTMINSTER, Md. — W. Brad Distad of Yuba City, Calif., received the alumni community service award from McDaniel College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel in 2004.

Presented annually during McDaniel’s homecoming, the award is given to a graduate who has performed outstanding voluntary service to his or her community beyond normal business or professional obligations.

Distad received a bachelor’s degree in geography with a minor in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, before enrolling at McDaniel, where he graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in theatre.

He taught in Hagerstown, where he often acted at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater. He moved to China to teach English. While there, he wrote, directed and acted in two plays and performed for his students.

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He also offered guitar concerts and spent his summers speaking in various venues.

He is in his third year as an area director for Young Life in Yuba City, where he works in youth ministry leading music on the guitar, creating videos, acting in plays, facilitating games and speaking in public. He is anticipating becoming a member of the program team at Young Life’s Woodleaf Camp in February.

For more information about McDaniel College, go to www.mcdaniel.edu.

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