West Chester University senior Thomas Lewis, of Pittston, was awarded the Lewis Marshall Award, which is presented annually to a West Chester student demonstrating academic excellence with an intent to work in local government in Chester County. Lewis, a graduate of Holy Redeemer High School, is the son of William and Mary Ellen Lewis, of Pittston. He is completing his studies in political science and geography/planning at West Chester University this May. He intends to earn graduate degrees in GIS and planning. He was an intern at the West Goshen Twp. Planning Department in developing the township’s comprehensive plan and the Chester County Department of Emergency Services focusing on storm water modeling. “I thank the township officials and administration of West Goshen and the Chester County Department of Emergency Services administrators for providing me with incredible internship experiences and mentoring me towards my professional aspirations. And a special thanks to my parents who have never failed to support me in any of my endeavors,” he said before an audience of more than 200 at the awards presentation. Lewis was one of five candidates nominated for the award. Nominees must be a third- or fourth-year undergraduate student or graduate student studying geography and planning, political science, public administration, criminal justice or public health with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. They must have completed or be presently participating in an internship or other type of employment with a municipality in Chester County or in Chester County government, and show their quality of work through faculty reference or through a paper or project submission to the committee.