First Penguin Award
By KRISTI ALBERTSON/Daily Inter Lake
Published: Saturday, December 27, 2008 7:56 AM CST
Students make leap to help others
In the cold, bleak Antarctic, there is no telling what might lie beneath the surface of the frigid water. Dangerous predators that lurk under the ice shelf are quick to pounce on the penguins who find food in the water.
This makes the first penguin in the ocean exceptionally brave and self-sacrificing. The first penguin has inspired people from the late Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch of "Last Lecture" fame to businesspeople who want to reward employees who are unafraid to take risks.
Most recently, Kalispell Middle School has embraced the first penguin by creating the First Penguin Award, designed to honor students who demonstrate courage by taking a risk to help others.