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YP Newsletter Highlight: Brenda Lee Quinnell Rising Leader Scholarship


In August 2018 the solid waste and recycling community lost one of its most devoted members. Brenda Quinnell, former director of the Adams County Solid Waste Department, served for over 10 years as the Wisconsin Badger Chapter’s administrative assistant. During her years of service, Brenda was much more than an “assistant”; she was a leader.

The Wisconsin Badger Chapter is proud to announce the Brenda Lee Quinnell Rising Leader Scholarship which will be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates commitment and passion just as Brenda did in all aspects of her life.


For the 2019 scholarship program, the applicants were asked to write an essay about what leadership means to them. One application caught the attention of the selection committee due to a clear demonstration of leadership, years of continued dedication to an organization, and active roles in UWSP’s Waste Management Society, WIRMC, and SWANA. In addition, Bailey’s communications with the committee were prompt, professional, and courteous.




Bailey Miller

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (Student Member)


Bailey was born and raised in Green Bay, WI. He is in his senior year at UWSP and studying Waste Management with minors in Biology and Spanish. He became interested in resource management thanks to his lifelong involvement in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and he has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He wants to share his passion for the environment with everyone that he's able to. For the summer of 2019 he was the 'Operations Intern' at Madison Municipal Sewerage District. During the ‘18-19 school year, he was elected as Co-President of UWSP's Waste Management Society and with this opportunity has partnered with the community on projects. His anticipated graduation is Spring 2021.


“I’m deeply humbled that I was selected for the Brenda Lee Quinnell Rising Leader Award. I hope that I am able to leave such an influential mark on not only the industry, but everyone that I mentor throughout my life. I would also like to thank SWANA for making my dreams and my education possible. I would like to thank my family and FFA advisor, Whitney Barnes-Liermann for teaching me to never give up on yourself, always put in 110% and that you'll never know the places that you'll go.”

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