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Alum Allie Johnston named to Delta Zeta 35 Under 35 list

Allie JohnstonMorehead State alumna Allie Johnston (14) was recently honored by the Delta Zeta (DZ) Sorority by being named to their annual 35 Under 35 list. 

Launched in 2018, Delta Zeta's 35 Under 35 recognition program highlights outstanding young professionals who have achieved success by making a significant impact in their industry before the age of 35. Candidates of this national recognition are members who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication to their careers, are motivated by challenges, serve as volunteers in their communities and are role models for their peers. 

"I have no idea who nominated me, I think that was incredibly thoughtful of them," Johnston said. "That nomination was such a surprise to me and I was excited about it!" 

After earning her bachelor's in communication at MSU, Johnston earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Louisville, and now works as the family services manager at Neighborhood House, a community center that has been in Louisville for 124 years and offers child and youth development, family coaching, an emergency food bank and senior services.  

"I chose this career because I always knew I wanted to work with people. I also always knew I wanted to work in nonprofits. I feel like life is too short to not be doing something you love every day, I have been super fortunate that I get to love what I do and who I do it with my whole career so far," Johnston said. 

During her time in Delta Zeta, Johnston served as MSU'S Kappa Tau Chapter president and vice president of recruiting and said the leadership skills she gained from her involvement have helped her throughout her career. While she learned many useful skills as a DZ, she said her fondest memories are of spending time with her sorority sisters.  

"My favorite memories though have to be just getting to spend time together with my sisters, driving around town, movie nights, formals, etc.," Johnston said, adding being a part of DZ gave her the full college experience. 
"I left Morehead knowing I did the whole thing, I lived every experience, took advantage of every opportunity, learned so much in and out of the classroom, made friends, and have no regrets. To the students who are incoming, going back, or thinking about Morehead, that is what I would encourage them to do; it was worth every minute." 

To learn more about fraternity and sorority life at MSU, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/fsl.