University Student’s Good Deeds Land Him on Ellen

Originally posted by CB121, Harrisburg, PA 

by Michael Gorsegner

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

A Shippensburg senior got the surprise of a lifetime and it was all caught on “The Ellen DeGeneres” Show that will air today at 4 p.m. on CBS21. He was chosen by the show because of the work that he does for the LGBTQ community on Shippensburg’s campus, even starting a new organization after realizing the school lacked the resources for the community.

It all started when Trent’s roommate Stephanie wrote a letter to Ellen telling her of his initiative and the reason why he considers her a role model. He was chosen and flown to Los Angeles, California for the taping of a show last Tuesday. But, to Trent’s surprise, his appearance was more than just a chance to watch the taping of the show and take part in the audience. During the show, Ellen picked Trent out of the crowd and brought him down on stage to be highlighted.

He says it was a blur, but very exciting. Besides the pure excitement of being on the show, Trent was also awarded $10,000 as part of Ellen’s “One Million Acts of Good.”

Just this school year, Trent began an organization on campus to lend resources, help and information about the LGBTQ community. The former Shippensburg basketball player says the organization works to help everyone in the community feel at home no matter their sexual orientation.

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