With over 24,000 students at the University of Oregon, multiple students have been selected by their peers, professors and University of Oregon staff for the opportunity to win the prize of being a 25 Duck. The award is bestowed upon individuals who show impressive leadership, innovation and passion, and after a month-long nomination period, a panel of students and professionals from the Alumni Center and the Emerald Media Group selected 25 students to represent this year’s winners.

The 25 diverse students come from all around the world, from Myanmar to Minnesota. With varying major focuses and extracurricular involvement, these outstanding Ducks are effecting amazing change throughout the campus. They are some of the most driven and enthusiastic individuals within their programs and workplaces, and serve as an inspiration to all those around them.

The University of Oregon fosters a community of passionate, hardworking students – and the Emerald is honored to have the opportunity to recognize these individuals. This year’s honorees feature students with backgrounds ranging from encouraging mental health awareness on campus to sexual assault prevention to advocacy for indigenous peoples.

The University is truly benefiting every day from the actions of these talented Ducks, and the passion of the following students is sure to benefit their future communities as well. Inside are the stories of 25 thoughtful, altruistic and ambitious students whom we are thrilled to welcome to the 25 Ducks family.