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Top College Role Models Of 2010

First Posted: 12/20/10 09:23 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

They triumphed in the face of adversity. They didn't hesitate to fight -- or study, or work for -- something they believed in. The showed their true selves. And in 2010, they accomplished monumental things.

Below, see 11 inspiring college students, campuses, groups and professors who lead by example this year -- and may renew your confidence in younger generations.

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Katherine Miller
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When West Point student Katherine Miller came out to her classmates in an open letter of resignation she became a symbol in the battle against “don’t ask, don’t tell” -- which she called “a failed law and social policy.”

Ninth in her class of 1,100, the cadet resigned as a rising junior -- days before she would have had to commit to another two years at the school and five years in the military. Weeks after she issued her letter, Miller was featured in an article in the New York Times which referred to her resignation as “turn[ing] a spotlight on the hidden gay culture [at West Point] and reviv[ing] debate on campus about “don’t ask, don’t tell,” at a time when Washington is also focused on the issue.”

Last month Miller, who is currently studying sexual gender in society and LGBT history at Yale University, expressed interest in returning to West Point -- but only upon DADT's repeal. No word if she's heading back or not.
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