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2021 Student Specialty Awards

Courtney BishIt is my distinct honor to welcome our honorees and their family and friends to this page where we showcase the accomplishments of members of our campus community. The Student Specialty Awards began more than 10 years ago to showcase the amazing service, commitment, teamwork, persistence, grit, and campus involvement our students possess.  Many of these students have overcome great obstacles in the path to earning their degree, and have shown tremendous perseverance and determination in continuing to pursue advanced learning.  I am incredibly proud of each and every student featured below and their accomplishments.  They wholeheartedly embody what’s best about SUNY Canton.

This year, due to the pandemic, we are not able to celebrate in person the way we typically would. Instead, we honor the accomplishments of those award recipients with this page, and we hope you will take the opportunity to read about the awards we have given and the students who have received them.  Among the students recognized here are trailblazers, philanthropists, leaders, and scholars of the highest order.  These students have received glowing nominations from their peers, their faculty, and administrative staff who have recognized the excellent work they have done on our campus and in their communities.

I’d like to also thank the Student Specialty Awards Committee: a tireless group of individuals from across campus who reviewed, analyzed, and debated on hundreds of applications for these awards, and were able to come to a consensus on the honorees.  I wouldn’t be able to honor all of these amazing students without your collaborative work.

I extend my most sincere congratulations to our award recipients on their tremendous achievements and look forward to all they accomplish as they complete their education at SUNY Canton and beyond.

Courtney Battista Bish
Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students

SUNY Chancellors Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. View previous recipients.

Andrew Fitch

Andrew Fitch
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Sara O'Duffy

Sara O'Duffy
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Outstanding Graduate

Each year, SUNY Canton honors an outstanding graduate in a Baccalaureate degree program. Nominees for this award are judged on scholarship, personality, and contribution to the community. Students presented with this award have a GPA of 3.50 or higher, have been at SUNY Canton for at least one year, and are eligible to graduate with their baccalaureate degree. View previous recipients.
BACHELOR'S

Kaitlyn Trusty

Kaitlyn Trusty
Civil & Environmental Engineering Tech.
ASSOCIATE'S

Justin Omaga

Justin Omaga
Liberal Arts - General Studies

Excellence In Student Life Award

The Excellence in Student Life Award is given out annually to individuals whose actions have positively and forever impacted and inspired Student Life at SUNY Canton through their campus involvement, commitment to excellence, mentorship, guidance, and leadership. Each year, at least one student and one campus employee is recognized by this prestigious honor. View previous recipients.

Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson
Assistant Professor - Criminal Justice

R.J. Thayer

R.J. Thayer
Coordinator for Online Student Engagement

Jonah Black

Jonah Black
Forensic Criminology


Sidei Clouden

Sidei Clouden
Veterinary Technology

David R. Maynard Award

MaynardEach year we present a student with the David R. Maynard Student Activities Award, an award given to a student who has contributed significantly to the campus community and student activities. David was a member of the class of 1986 who died in a motorcycle accident shortly after graduation. David was highly involved on campus in clubs, Greek Life, and intramurals, and was revered for his skill as a student leader. This award is given in his honor, and as a testament to his truly influential presence at SUNY Canton. The recipient of the award must demonstrate superior citizenship and outstanding leadership, as well generously devote their time to student activities. View previous recipients.

Benjamin Muckey

Benjamin Muckey
Law Enforcement Leadership

Northstar Award

A student-given award to an employee of SUNY Canton who has gone above and beyond to assist students in reaching their full potential. All SUNY Canton employees (faculty, professional staff, administration, secretarial staff, maintenance, College Association staff, food service staff) who have been employed for at least one semester during the current academic year are eligible for nomination. View previous recipients.

Barat Wolfe

Barat Wolfe
Assistant Professor - Psychology

Heritage Award

As nominees for the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence or Outstanding Graduate Award, these students have demonstrated they have earned the campus’ respect for their academic performance by having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and demonstrated leadership skills. View previous recipients.


Briannah Isaac

Briannah Isaac
Graphic and Multimedia Design


Margaret Ketchen

Margaret Ketchen
Legal Studies


Brendda Jordan

Brendda Martins-Jordan
Finance


Reily McIntosh

Reily McIntosh
Management

Marjorie Murphy

Marjorie Murphy
Legal Studies

Adam Petric

Adam Petric
Management

Brandi Phelan

Brandi Phelan
Health Care Management

Morgan Randall

Morgan Randall
Management

Karly Rothvoss

Karly Rothvoss
Agribusiness Management

William Trapp

William Trapp
Sports Management

Kaitlyn Trusty

Kaitlyn Trusty
Civil & Environmental Engineering Tech.

Vincent VanBrocklin

Vincent VanBrocklin
Applied Psychology

Humanitarian Award

These awards are given in recognition of students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 who have demonstrated a documentable act of humanitarianism worthy of campus recognition. View previous recipients.

Felicidad Christensen

Felicidad Christensen
Funeral Services Administration

Jasmine Dickson

Jasmin Dickson
Health & Fitness Promotion

Kwame Flora

Kwame Flora
Healthcare Management

Brandon Fox

Brandon Fox
Funeral Services Administration

Dylan Halmy

Dylan Halmy
Funeral Services Administration

Stacia Johnston

Stacia Johnston
Funeral Services Administration

Charles King

Charles King
Healthcare Management

Nathan Sabarese

Nathan Sabarese
Funeral Services Administration

Peer Educators

Peer Educators
Campus Club

Leaders of Tomorrow Award

These students are leaders of a team, group, or organization; students who give their time and expertise to promote teamwork and accomplishment, while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. View previous recipients.

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Sidei Clouden
Veterinary Technology

Anthony Figueroa

Anthony Figueroa
Industrial Tech. Management

Andrew Fitch

Andrew Fitch
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Gaynelle Gilbride

Gaynelle Gilbride
Nursing

Monica Gleberman

Monica Gleberman
Crime Analysis

Adams Guerrero

Adams Guerrero
Law Enforcement Leadership

Gyniah Jenkins

Gyniah Jenkins
Criminal Investigation

Lorianna Johnson

Lorianna Johnson
Management

Zion Sankey

Zion Sankey
Sports Management

Jenna VanAllen

Jenna VanAllen
Veterinary Technology

Daniel Wargo

Daniel Wargo
Homeland Security

Isaac White

Isaac White
Management

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson
Graphic & Multimedia Design

Phoenix Award

A phoenix is a mythical bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. It has a 500- to 1000-year life cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs – which then ignite; both nest and bird are burned, reduced to ashes, only to arise and be reborn again. This award is given in recognition of those students who have either transformed themselves or persisted through some difficult odds to succeed as students at SUNY Canton. View previous recipients.

Nada Ahmed

Nada Ahmed
Health Care Management

Shaylee Brenno

Shaylee Brenno
Applied Psychology

Julianne Brown

Julianne Brown
Applied Psychology

Jacob Bush

Jacob Bush
Funeral Services Administration

Jasmine Dickson

Jasmine Dickson
Health & Fitness Promotion

Erin Grandaw

Erin Grandaw
Physical Therapist Assistant

Catriona Guthrie

Catriona Guthrie
Health Care Management

Michaelyn Hunter

Michaelyn Hunter
Applied Psychology

Briannah Isaac

Briannah Isaac
Graphic and Multimedia Design

Jerome Joseph

Jerome Joseph
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Kristin Ladoceour

Kristin Ladoceour
Applied Psychology

Caprice Ladue

Caprice Ladue
Health & Fitness Promotion

Jared Marshall

Jared Marshall
Health & Fitness Promotion

Joni Price

Joni Price
Nursing

Marissa Wood

Marissa Wood
Liberal Arts

Pillars of Character Award

Nominees for this award exemplify the pillars of good character in our Campus Creed (honesty, respectfulness, responsibility, fairness, citizenship, caring). View previous recipients.

Sarah Anderson

Sarah Anderson
Physical Therapist Assistant

Cassidy Antwi

Cassidy Antwi
Criminal Investigation

William Austin

William Austin
Homeland Security

Dharma Chevalier

Dharma Chevalier
Veterinary Technology

Sidei Clouden

Sidei Clouden
Veterinary Technology

Thomas Contino

Thomas Contino
Graphic and Multimedia Design

Anthony Figueroa

Anthony Figueroa
Industrial Tech. Management

Andrew Fitch

Andrew Fitch
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Tekyra Le'Gare

Tekyra Le'Gare
Health Care Management

Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin
Graphic and Multimedia Design

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller
Physical Therapist Assistant

James Morehouse

James Morehouse
Graphic and Multimedia Design

Morgan Randall

Morgan Randall
Management

Zion Sankey

Zion Sankey
Sports Management

Jenna VanAllen

Jenna VanAllen
Veterinary Technology

Jakob VanDerMeere

Jakob VanDerMeere
Game Design and Development

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson
Graphic & Multimedia Design

Kyle Wood

Kyle Wood
Sports Management

Spirit of Success Award

These awards are given in recognition of students who maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 and have demonstrated active citizenship in the college community. View previous recipients.

Jonah Black

Jonah Black
Forensic Criminology

Thomas Contino

Thomas Contino
Graphic and Multimedia Design

Samantha Dayter

Samantha Dayter
Nursing

Larecus Dobbs

Larecus Dobbs
Sports Management

Anthony Figueroa

Anthony Figueroa
Industrial Tech. Management

Andrew Fitch

Andrew Fitch
Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Kwame Flora

Kwame Flora
Health Care Management

Monica Gleberman

Monica Gleberman
Crime Analysis

Khlan Liu

Khlan Liu
Physical Therapist Assistant

Jordan Miller

Jordan Miller
Physical Therapist Assistant

Benjamin Muckey

Benjamin Muckey
Law Enforcement Leadership

Morgan Randall

Morgan Randall
Management

Morgan Rodriguez

Morgan Rodriguez
Criminal Investigation

Mary Schneider

Mary Schneider
Graphic & Multimedia Design

Luis Torres Rivera

Luis Torres Rivera
Health & Fitness Promotion

Jenna VanAllen

Jenna VanAllen
Veterinary Technology

Sister Bethany Fitzgerald, S.S.J., Sustainability Award

Sister Bethany, a lifelong resident of the North Country and a member of the religious Sisters of St. Joseph out of Watertown, NY, served as a campus minister for both SUNY Canton and St. Thomas More Newman Center. As an ardent supporter of a sustainable lifestyle, she endlessly labored to raise awareness of sustainability in the community, stressing all that we need to be good stewards of our planet Earth. This award is an extension of those efforts and recognizes student who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.50 and have demonstrated, by action, the importance of being good stewards of the Earth. View previous recipients.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson
Graphic & Multimedia Design