Senator Mike Flood Presented Challenge Coins, GRIT Awards

Senator Mike Flood Presented Challenge Coins, GRIT Awards
Courtesy of Wayne State College. From left to right: Brogan Jones of Allen, Sen. Mike Flood, and Austin Pierce of Brainard

WAYNE – Earlier this month, the Growing Together Career Scholars Cohort of Wayne State College presented a northeast Nebraska Senator with two awards.

According to a release from WSC, Senator Mike Flood of Norfolk was recognized with Challenge Coins and GRIT awards on October 19 at Napoli’s Restaurant in Norfolk.

The awards were presented by Brogan Jones of Allen and Austin Pierce of Brainard.

The first award consisted of four Challenge Coins, which confirm membership in the program and recognize a person for an achievement or a significant accomplishment. The coins signify benchmarks that represent student unification, preparedness and empowerment of learning by doing.

The second award was the GRIT (Genuine, Resilience, Integrity, and Tenacity) Award. The GRIT Award recognizes character strengths that demonstrate a combination of determination, perseverance and vision.

This is the first time the GRIT Award has been presented to an individual.

“Flood’s unrelenting determination, perseverance, and passion to the Growing Together Career Scholars program exemplifies the definition of GRIT,” said Dr. Michael Keibler, Executive Director of Cooperative Education at Wayne State College. “His authentic and genuine pursuit of workforce development is inspiring; his resilience despite challenges is encouraging; his integrity to the foundation of experiential learning is beyond reproach; and his tenacity to move his vision forward sets an example for all. As students, we want to thank Flood and recognize him, as he moves and inspire all of us to do the same.”

At its core, the Growing Together Career Scholars Program supports workforce and economic development in northeast Nebraska and is part of the larger Growing Together Initiative, a strategy aimed to retain young people and grow and sustain the region’s economy.

To participate, students must be passionate about earning a degree in one of the eligible fields and they must be committed to remain in northeast Nebraska. Throughout the program, students participate in career readiness activities. During their senior year, students live in the downtown Norfolk area with their peers. This living experience helps them socially connect with the community and gain an appreciation for the many exciting social and cultural opportunities available in the city of Norfolk. Upon graduation, the goal is for them to be hired into full-time positions in northeast Nebraska.

Learn more about the program at