North Country Community College and
North Country Community College Foundation
are pleased to present this program in digital format for our
2020 Student Awards for Excellence
to honor the academic excellence, leadership, and athletic achievements
of North Country Community College students.
On behalf of all of us at North Country Community College, congratulations to you, our students, who have been recognized by the faculty and staff for excellence in academics, athletics, service and scholarship. Accomplishments such as these are impressive under any conditions. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are extraordinary!
While in a typical year we would have been with you in person to share the moment and celebrate this honor, conditions this year require us to do so in a virtual fashion. However, know that we are reveling in your success from our homes. If you were to see us, we would be smiling, clapping and filled with happiness for you. So, as someone famous said, “Take a Bow” and enjoy the moment. We are very proud of you!
Congratulations and best wishes for whatever comes next.
Interim VP for Academic Affairs
Congratulations on your accomplishments! You have been recognized by the faculty, staff, and your peers as demonstrating excellence, and your success represents the best of North Country Community College. In a perfect world, we would be able to congratulate you in person and present you these awards. While our world is changing by the day, one constant we can count on is that good work gets honored and recognized!
Take some time to celebrate this moment and honor yourself for what you have accomplished. We wish you continued success in your future pursuits. Best wishes!
This award is presented to the student who has shown commitment to his/her work, excelled in the creative process and, most importantly, exemplifies a passion for the Fine Arts.
Hayley J. DeTulleo
Sponsored by the UPS Store in Lake Placid, this award recognizes the student who has demonstrated academic excellence in desktop publishing and print production.
Erin N. Rourke
Sponsored by Workshop of Lake Placid, this award is presented to the graduating student who the Art and Computer Graphics faculty believe has consistently achieved course and portfolio work of outstanding merit.
Thomas R. Saehrig
This award is given to the student athlete who has demonstrated motivation, perseverance, and dedication in both academics and athletics.
Sponsored by Martin Rauchbach (NCCC Class of 1971) in honor of NCCC retired faculty member Fred Crossman, these awards are given to student athletes who have demonstrated leadership, hard work, and dedication to both academics and community involvement.
Ascaun M. Johnson
Sponsored by Grover J. Moore, professor emeritus, this award is given to a student athlete who has been successful both academically and athletically. The student has demonstrated leadership abilities and the desire, dedication, and determination to succeed in the pursuit of an academic degree.
Alexis L. Poirier
These awards, the most prestigious of athletic awards, go to the most outstanding student athletes in the entire college, as determined by the Athletics Department.
Kayla M. Carder
Vondell A. Livingston
These awards are given to student athletes who demonstrate overall superior achievement in academics, intercollegiate competition, community service, and work related environments.
Nidia M. DeArmaYero
Sponsored by Adirondack Bank in memory of Thomas Norman, Sr., this award is given to a student who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in accounting while enrolled in a Business Administration Degree Program.
Kate L. Barrett
This award is given to a graduating student who exemplifies all-around academic excellence and commitment as a Business Program major.
Valerie A. Ramirez
These awards are given to graduating students who have demonstrated an "entrepreneurial mindset."
Cheyenne M. Barney
Sophia R. Poirier
Sponsored by the North Franklin Federal Credit Union, these awards are given to returning students attending the Malone campus in the Business Program who have demonstrated exemplary scholarship and a passion for the field of Business.
Hunter W. Boyea
Kylie M. McKellar-Jones
Sponsored by the Program Coordinator, this award is given to the Sports and Events Management Program student who has shown perseverance and determination in successfully completing his/her degree. Strong consideration is given for excellence in the classroom, participation in the internship program, college athletics, and activities.
Ciana Y. Cerruti
This award is given to the student who excelled during his/her internship opportunity. The student gained invaluable practical experience while contributing in a meaningful way to the College.
Vondell A. Livingston
These awards are given to graduating Criminal Justice students with consistent program performance, above average academic promise, and a career goal of law enforcement, with consideration given to sons/daughters of a present or former member of the New York State Troopers.
These awards are given to graduating students who have maintained a consistent record of academic excellence and demonstrated strong character, a good attitude, responsibility, and reliability. These awards are sponsored by Dave Merrick and Mike Saulpaugh from the NCCC Criminal Justice Program.
Tucker J. Livermore
Josee O. Raymond
Sponsored by Citizen Advocates, these awards are given to graduating students who have demonstrated excellence and enthusiasm for the Human Services Field.
Jarika S. Firlik
Paul S. Jano, III
Awarded to a graduating senior from the Malone campus in the Chemical Dependency Counseling Program who has exhibited the following in his/her course of study: a high drive for excellence in academic success, a focus on attention to detail and high quality work, an empathetic spirit and compassionate nature, and an aptitude for both individual and small group counseling work.
Kimberli L. Wylie
These awards are given to outstanding students entering the Human Services field.
Vanessa M. Downer
Maggie P. Peer
Sponsored by current and retired faculty of the Human Services Program in memory of Laurie Fones, NCCC Class of 1981, this award is given to an outstanding student planning a career in counseling, social work, or addictions.
Mallory E. Buckley
Through this award, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers honors the outstanding Chemical Dependency Counseling student. This award recognizes academic and personal commitment to become a Chemical Dependency Counselor and acknowledges achievement in developing the knowledge and understanding of the science and art of counseling.
Simmone M. Bombard
Sponsored by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise Newspaper of Saranac Lake, this award recognizes the student who is a good citizen, good thinker, good writer, and who helps promote the advancement and positive image of the college and the college community.
This award is given to the student who best exhibits creativity through the art of writing in various genres such as poetry, short story, memoir, and essay. The student has produced a variety of innovative works that meet generally accepted criteria for excellence.
Molly E. Brockway
This award is given to a student in the Humanities who is able to see issues from different perspectives, form well-reasoned arguments, and re-examine his or her thinking in light of new information.
Andrew L. Martin
This award is given to a student pursuing a degree in the Social Sciences, or a career in Social Services or Counseling, who exhibits good effort, applies him/herself to succeed in the chosen field of study, and who has demonstrated leadership skills through participation in college activities and community service. This award is sponsored by Dr. Gail Rogers Rice (NCCC President 1992-2008).
These awards are given to the students who have been acknowledged by the Humanities faculty to be the most outstanding in the Humanities study area.
Kathryn M. Martinez
Megan L. Mulvenna
Given in memory of John J. Duquette, Adirondack historian, artist, and writer, this award is given to a student who has demonstrated an interest in history or related subjects. This award is sponsored by the niece of John J. Duquette, Dr. Gail Rogers Rice (NCCC President 1992-2008).
Lauren E. Monroe
This award is given by the Math and Science faculty to the student who has been acknowledged to be the most outstanding in the Math and Science areas.
This award is given to the student who has shown an affinity for mathematics and has demonstrated excellence in at least two mathematics courses while at NCCC.
This award is given to the student recognized by the Social Sciences faculty to be the most outstanding achiever in the Social Sciences area.
Shari A. Atkinson
These awards are given to graduating Massage Therapy students, recognizing the academic, personal, and professional commitment they have exhibited in this “healing arts” field. These students have achieved and developed a passion from their education to go into the world and make a difference in their community as a massage therapist and wellness educator.
Meagan E. McNeilly
Jessica R. Wimett
These awards recognize the students who routinely exhibit technical skills, problem solving abilities, caring and compassion towards patients, and contribute to the positive functioning of fellow students and nursing staff at host clinical sites. The recipients have consistently shown leadership, communication skills, and academic achievement that reflect well on the program and the institution.
Amber N. Aurilio
Molly A. Babcock
Tiarra V. Marson
This award recognizes a student graduating from the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program who has shown a love for nursing through his or her interactions with patients and clients. This award is underwritten by Judith A. Genaway in honor of former NCCC Director of Nursing, Barbara Rexilius.
Kayla K. Jeffery
These awards recognize the students who routinely exhibit technical skills, problem solving abilities, caring and compassion towards patients, and contribute to the positive functioning of fellow students and nursing staff at host clinical sites. These students have also demonstrated academic achievement.
Brian E. Duprey
Daniel C. Murguia
Jessica S. Supernault
Andie was a student in the Class of 2019 who passed away unexpectedly during her last semester in the program. Andie was a bubbly person who made everyone smile a bit more each and every day. This award is given to a hard working, determined, and driven to succeed graduate, who is always willing to go the extra mile to help others. The recipient of this award is a lot like Andie. He or she has a positive outlook on life and is always making those around them happier.
Cassidy J. Nesbitt
This award, sponsored by area radiologists, is given to a graduating Radiologic Technology student who has consistently demonstrated academic excellence, a passion for learning, and dedication to the study of Radiology.
McKenna E. Kelly
In memory of Dr. Joseph Rosenstein, retired Director of Radiology, General Hospital of Saranac Lake, these awards are given to graduating Radiologic Technology students who have consistently demonstrated enthusiasm, initiative, and professionalism in the clinical setting.
Amber J. Bailey
Rochelle L. O'Neill
This award recipient, chosen by his/her freshmen Radiologic Technology classmates, has demonstrated perseverance, initiative, professionalism, and teamwork throughout the academic year.
Nikiesha A. Spann
Sponsored by the Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology of the State of New York, this certificate is presented to the graduating Radiologic Technology student with the highest academic average.
Callie E. Wilson
This award is given to a graduating Radiologic Technology student who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values, including academic and clinical achievement.
These awards, sponsored by area radiologists, are given to the freshmen Radiologic Technology students who exhibit a genuine commitment to the practice of Radiology.
Jon Michael Glick
Alexis L. Poirier
Sponsored by the Rookey family in memory of Robin, a former NCCC Radiologic Technology student, this award is given to a Radiologic Technology student who has demonstrated exemplary effort, perseverance, and outstanding achievement in Radiologic Sciences.
William B. Baker-Hastings
This award is given by the Science faculty to the student who has demonstrated outstanding aptitude, interest, and achievement in Chemistry courses.
Stephanie R. Durell
This award, in honor of Dr. Judy Steinberg, is given to a student who goes above and beyond the call of duty and is pursuing a degree in science or environmental studies. This student has demonstrated thoughtfulness, insight, generosity and kindness in his/her educational journey at NCCC.
Teresa L. Santana
These awards are presented by the NCCC Environmental Club to students who have been active in the Environmental Club.
Paulina A. Kwasniak
Teresa L. Santana
This award is given in memory and honor of Fred and Winnie to a returning student who demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning, exhibits perseverance, and has a strong drive to both learn and help others.
Autymn E. Zoeller
This award is given by the Science faculty to the student who has demonstrated outstanding interest and achievement in the Health Sciences area.
Kenzy L. Farah
This award is given in memory and honor of Nate and Sarah to a returning student who shows a passion for his/her major, a strong work ethic, and a drive to learn and help others.
These awards are given by the Science faculty to students who have a consistent record for academic excellence in the Natural Sciences.
Kelly A. Dragoon
Andrew L. Martin
This award is given to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the Natural Sciences.
Dolores A. DuRose-Gritzbach
These awards are given by the Science faculty to students who have demonstrated outstanding aptitude, interest, and achievement in the Science courses.
Abigail R. Leavitt
Jessica R. Wimett
Kaylyn M. Wood
Autymn E. Zoeller
Given in memory of Robin N. Gezzi, an outdoorsman with a great love for the Adirondacks and former NCCC student, this award is given to an adult student dedicated to pursuing his/her education in environmental and wilderness studies.
Matthew S. Dotterweich
This award is presented to the student who has shown exceptional leadership skills during the 30 day Fall Practicum and overall excellence in the Wilderness Recreation Leadership Program. The award is sponsored by Jack Drury, founder of the WRL Program at NCCC in 1979.
Michael T. Compo
These awards are given in memory of Bobbie Bernstein Anker, a beloved wife, mother, sister, colleague, and friend to all. The qualities that animated her being include, but were not limited to, kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and service to this college and our community. The award recipients have exemplified these qualities. Bobbie's willingness to get involved and contribute was demonstrated throughout her thirty-one year Student Services career here at North Country Community College. Her love for NCCC and student success will live on through students such as these.
Abigail J. Lauber
Caitlynn M. McGillicuddy
Macie D. Peer
This award is given by Enrollment Services to a student who has best demonstrated exceptional dedication to academics, campus life, and community service. The student must be continuing his/her education next year at NCCC or a four-year college or university.
Alexis L. Poirier
Given by the Malone Learning Assistance Center to the student who has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and regard for his/her fellow students' academic success in the peer tutoring program.
Lawrence M. Tucker
This award, sponsored by Hannaford Supermarket of Lake Placid, is given by the Saranac Lake Learning Assistance Center to the student who has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and regard for his/her fellow students' academic success in the peer tutoring program.
Kristina M. Straut
This award, given by the Ticonderoga Learning Assistance Center, recognizes a student who has shown consistent academic excellence in several classes over the course of the year. The student has had a perfect (or near perfect) attendance record, and has demonstrated a mastery of course material and objectives.
Joseph T. LaPeter
Sponsored by the NCCC Foundation Director, this award is given in recognition of a Foundation assistant who reports to work every day with a commitment to his/her education and focus and determination to accomplish tasks as assigned. The student gained meaningful work experience while maintaining a sense of humor, a courteous demeanor, and always contributing in an important way to the NCCC Foundation with a smile and laughter.
Julius A. Haranyi
North Country Community College Association of Professionals awards three scholarships each year to returning students who show dedication to their academic program, as well as being active in their local communities and in the college community. These students show a commitment to be successful while at NCCC and indicate a commitment to continuing to give back to their communities after moving on from NCCC. These students model the best qualities of the college's professional staff.
Julius A. Haranyi
Caroline F. Harrigan
Shelli A. LaPlante
This award is given to a graduating student who has provided leadership which has made an important impact on the overall development of the college and its students.
These awards are given to the most gifted and talented students attending the State University of New York. Presented by SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, these awards go to the students who have combined outstanding academic excellence with significant contributions to their colleges.
This award, sponsored by NCCC's Board of Trustees, is given to a student who has made important non-academic contributions to the college.
Hayley J. DeTulleo
This award is given to the student who has successfully maintained a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) and has provided service to student veterans, their families, and friends on the Malone Campus. This student has served our country in the United States Army and has chosen to continue his service in our region while completing a degree at North Country Community College.
Eugenio R. Ramirez