Kent man earns American Public University Volunteer Award

Christopher Rumble, left, of Kent, receives an American Public University Volunteer Award. - COURTESY PHOTO
Christopher Rumble, left, of Kent, receives an American Public University Volunteer Award.
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American Public University (APU) has recognized student Christopher Rumble, of Kent, as the first recipient of the APU Volunteer Award for his active involvement in community development, volunteerism and support of APU.

Rumble enrolled at APU shortly after his cancer diagnosis last April. He carried a full-time credit load while receiving medical treatment. During his time at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Rumble produced a music video set to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger,” which featured children also battling cancer. The video went viral and Rumble and his video appeared on many news outlets across the nation.

“APU ambassadors exemplify the qualities of leadership, scholarship, and commitment to the mission of our university system. These students and graduates have been recognized in professional and social circles and recommended by our APU community,” said Nadya Garcia-Batiz, manager of community and spirit programs, in a Jan. 17 APU media release.

Rumble is taking the online courses as well as attending Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., where he is a member of the school's hockey team. He was profiled in a May 2012 Kent Reporter story.

American Public University System offers 87 online degree programs through American Public University and American Military University.

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