Calling first lady Melania Trump an “exquisite human being,” Palm Beach Atlantic University, a private Christian university in West Palm Beach, Florida, has named her as their “Woman of Distinction” for 2020, citing her “Be Best” campaign. But not everyone in the school community agrees that the first lady should be honored with the award.
“During its annual Women of Distinction luncheon, Palm Beach Atlantic University honors women who cherish community and family and want to preserve these ideals for others,” the university recently announced. “Women of Distinction 2020 will be held Wednesday, Feb. 19, and will honor the First Lady of the United States Melania Trump.”
A report in The Floridian said the first lady was being honored for her work on the “Be Best” campaign she launched in 2017 that focuses on healthy living among children, online bullying and opioid abuse.
“By promoting values such as healthy living, encouragement, kindness, and respect, parents, teachers, and other adults can help prepare children for their futures. With those values as a solid foundation, children will be able to better deal with the evils of the opioid crisis and avoid negative social media interaction,” Melania Trump says in a video about the campaign on the White House website.
Co-chairwoman Eileen Burns told The Floridian that the first lady has represented America well at home and around the world.
“Our first lady, is an exquisite human being, a magnificent wife and life partner, a superb mother and an outstanding first lady, who represents us brilliantly in the United States and worldwide,” Burns said. “Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her.”
However, Kyra Kinnaman, a 2015 graduate of PBAU from Scottsdale, Arizona, said she was “embarrassed” by the school’s decision to bestow the award to the first lady.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair