Amanda Buffa, a senior special education major from New Bern, holds the Certificate of Merit she received from the American Red Cross, which is the organization's highest award. She received the certificate for saving a fellow student's life in February by performing CPR. Photo by Marie Freeman

An Appalachian State University student’s action performing CPR on an unresponsive classmate this February has earned her the American Red Cross’ highest award, the Certificate of Merit.

Amanda Buffa, a senior special education major from New Bern, received the award during a ceremony Monday, Nov. 12, in the Plemmons Student Union Solarium on campus.

Leroy Wright, associate vice chancellor for Appalachian’s Division of Student Affairs, welcomed a group of around 50 attendees. He said to Buffa, “You definitely embody the words and the core mission of the American Red Cross as a humble and selfless leader.”

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Oringally published Nov. 13, 2018.

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