Marge Kroeger Awards
2023 Marge Kroeger Award Recipient “Achieving high in every field of human endeavor” has been the motto that has molded this year’s recipient, Jaden Tyson. Jaden graduated from Crispus Attucks High School where he was a part of the 2018-2019 Men’s Basketball Team. He credits his Dad, Mom, Stepmom and his Grandparents for where he is today. Jaden is completing his B.S. in Mass Communications with a focus in Public Relations from Tennessee State University. While at Tennessee State University Jaden has become members of Kappa Alpha Psi and the Generation of Educated Men. During the summers, Jaden has served as a volunteer at Christamore House where he has coordinated and helped different age groups on various field trips, after school events, and a toy drive during the holidays. The years he has spent volunteering have been a tremendous experience helping and giving back to the youth in the community. Jaden is the oldest of three siblings and wants to be the first to set the example to make the path easier for his younger brother and sister. After graduation, Jaden has accepted a job opportunity at GBS Philips in Nashville, Tennessee where eventually he plans to pursue his MBA. Christamore House Guild is honored to award Jaden Tyson the Marge Kroeger Award for 2023.
The Marge Kroeger Award is named in honor of Marjorie R. Kroeger, a dedicated 63-year member of Christamore House Guild. She was an inspiration to all with her enthusiasm to serve others. In her memory we recognize a Scholar who has shown exceptional volunteerism at Christamore House.
“It takes a village” is an important saying that has helped shape the life of this year’s recipient, Jada Owens. She accredits where she is today to her mom, grandparents, godparents, aunts, and uncles. Jada is completing her B.A. in Media Advertising with a concentration in Persuasion and Behavior from Indiana University – Bloomington. While at IU Jada has served as President of her sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, and has been involved in the Groups Conduct Board, Atkins Living Learning Center, Freshman Action Team, and Black Student Union. Jada graduated from Pike High School where she was a cheerleader, involved in Speech and Debate, and her favorite…Show Choir. During the summers, Jada has volunteered as an intern at Christamore House with the Marketing Director. In her role at Christamore House, Jada has been responsible for coordinating and handling the social media accounts, and capturing moments with the campers through photography and posting them to various platforms. The years she has spent volunteering and working with the children have left an everlasting impression on her. Jada is the oldest of 11 siblings and strives to be the best example possible for them. She encourages them to always be their very best selves and seek out any opportunity available to them. Jada’s mother and Nana attended Christamore House summer camp, and her sisters are following in their footsteps. After graduation, Jada plans to take a year off to work, and explore grad school opportunities at IUPUI where she hopes to obtain her MBA. Christamore House Guild is honored to award Jada Owens the Marge Kroeger Award for 2022.
Mansi Pandya was born and raised on the westside of Indianapolis. As a young child, she dreamed of becoming a fashion designer; however, by middle school Mansi shifted her focus to medicine after spending time with her aunt who is a physician. Mansi saw first-hand how doctors can touch and improve the lives of people in their community as well as the world at large. Through hard work and diligence, Mansi graduated from Ben Davis High School in 2016 ranked 6th in her class of more than 1000 students.
After high school, Mansi entered Butler University, where she is currently a senior majoring in Biology and Spanish and is a Butler University Academic Scholar and Morton Finney Leadership Scholar. She enjoys learning about different cultures through her involvement with various on-campus clubs, including Latinos Unidos and South Asian Student Association, tutoring elementary kids in Spanish, and her service trips to Jamaica and Spain. Mansi was interviewed by WTHR-TV Channel 13 for the faculty-led research she and other researchers at Butler University are doing to find a cure for coronavirus.
Each summer during Mansi’s tenure as a Christamore House Guild scholar, she volunteered numerous hours at the Christamore House, spending her first couple years in the senior center preparing meals, playing dominos, and, her favorite part, simply talking with the seniors and learning their stories. She also spent time with the children at the summer camp chaperoning field trips and college visits, running summer carnival events and playing with the preschoolers.
Mansi will start medical school in the fall at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes the interrelated unity of all systems in the body, each working with the other to heal in times of illness. One of Mansi’s goals is to introduce healthcare clinics to underdeveloped areas within the United States and beyond. As her high school advisor remarked, “Our society needs future contributors as Mansi, who have a strong desire to use their gifts wisely while being both personable and concerned for the well being of others.”
The Christamore House Guild is honored to award Mansi Pandya with the 2020 Marge Kroeger Award for her exceptional volunteerism at the Christamore House.