LIBERTY — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told scholarship recipients to explore how they can contribute to the community at an award ceremony Wednesday.
Napolitano was at William Jewell College to receive the Elmer Staats Award, an honor given to Harry S. Truman Scholars who make significant contributions in the public sector. William Jewell is a small liberal arts college in the Kansas City suburb of Liberty.
Napolitano took questions from the crowd on a host of topics, including the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Napolitano said she hasn't seen "such a cynical view of public service as these days," but she exhorted young people in the crowd to consider running for public office or take other steps to transform their communities.