Could a Minnesotan be Texan of the year?
Recently, Partridge became the first-ever student to be awarded two academic honors — the Truman Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship. But it was her work to end human trafficking worldwide that ACU’s director of public relations, Grant Rampy, highlighted in the nomination letter he sent to The Dallas Morning News, which sponsors the Texan of the Year competition.
In 2009, Partridge launched the Red Thread Movement. Students purchase red-thread bracelets, made by girls rescued from human traffickers in Nepal, to raise awareness of the problem and provide income for the girls. The movement has spread to 75 campuses and countless businesses, Rampy said.
Eternal Threads, an Abilene-based nonprofit, partners with a Nepal-based organization, Kingdom Investments Nepal, to rescue the young women and sell the bracelets.