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2023 Student Excellence 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 Excellence 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.

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 Excellence 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.

Jonah Black

Jonah Black

Forensic Criminology &
Applied Psychology

Samantha Dayter

Samantha Dayter

Nursing

Outstanding Graduate - Baccalaureate

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.

Muhammad Shabbir

Muhammad Shabbir

Civil & Env Engineering Tech

Outstanding Graduate - Associate

Each year, SUNY Canton honors an outstanding graduate in an Associate 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 associates degree. View previous recipients.

Gracyn Emmerton

Gracyn Emmerton

Physical Therapist Assistant

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.

Anikko Serrano

Anikko Serrano

Electrical Engineering Tech

Emily Hamilton-Honey

Emily Hamilton-Honey

Associate Professor &
Co-Chief Diversity Officer

Stephen Murray

Stephen Murray

Student Mailroom Clerk

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.

Danielle Giron Reyes

Danielle Giron Reyes

Veterinary Technology

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.

Brandon Baldwin

Brandon Baldwin

Associate Professor

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.

Debora Bartosova

Debora Bartosova

Veterinary Technology

Michelle Bedworth

Michelle Bedworth

Legal Studies

Jonah Black

Jonah Black

Forensic Criminology and
Applied Psychology

William Churchill

William Churchill

Mechanical Engineering Tech.

Patrick Dubuque

Patrick Dubuque

Agribusiness Management

Abigale Fink

Abigale Fink

Early Childhood Care & Mgt

Joshua Haft

Joshua Haft

Cybersecurity

Bailey Murray-Vierich

Bailey Murray-Vierich

Veterinary Science Technology


Leslie Perri

Leslie Perri

Criminal Investigation


Muhammad Shabbir

Muhammad Shabbir

Civil & Env Engineering Tech


Rebecca Willdigg

Rebecca Willdigg

Veterinary Science Technology


Dilshi Mallawaarachchi

Dilshi Mallawaarachchi

Veterinary Science Technology

Roxanne Auger-Thompson

Roxanne Auger-Thompson

Veterinary Technology

Moussavou Moussavou
Van Eldar Oden

Van Eldar Oden Moussavou Moussavou

Electrical Engineering Tech

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.

Connor Brietbeck

Connor Brietbeck

Applied Psychology

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.

Kyle Chen

Kyle Chen

Game Design and Development

Daniel DePhilippis

Daniel DePhilippis

Esports Management

Kylee Donnelly

Kylee Donnelly

Applied Psychology

Quran DuBois

Quran DuBois

Health & Fitness Promotion

Paige Euson

Paige Euson

Health & Fitness Promotion

Tyler Fuentes

Tyler Fuentes

Homeland Security

Michelle Godfrey

Michelle Godfrey

Health Care Management

Nick Gorski

Nick Gorski

Veterinary Technology

Brennan Harmer

Brennan Harmer

Criminal Investigation

Jared Jensen

Jared Jensen

Legal Studies

Alec Knowles

Alec Knowles

Esports Management

Eli Larson

Eli Larson

Mechatronics Technology

Dante Marin

Dante Marin

Health & Fitness Promotion

Anikko Serrano

Anikko Serrano

Electrical Engineering Tech

Muhammad Shabbir

Muhammad Shabbir

Civil & Env Engineering Tech

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.

Michelle Bedworth

Michelle Bedworth

Legal Studies

Terrence Fields

Terrence Fields

Health & Fitness Promotion

Katey Fuller

Katey Fuller

Forensic Criminology

Randi Gillman

Randi Gillman

Legal Studies

Hillary Gilson

Hillary Gilson

Applied Psychology

Jalyn Maranda

Jalyn Maranda

Criminal Investigation

Suzanne Patnode

Suzanne Patnode

Physical Therapist Assistant

Moussavou Moussavou
Van Eldar Oden

Moussavou Moussavou Van Eldar Oden

Electrical Engineering Tech

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.

Daris Dixon-Clark

Daris Dixon-Clark

Funeral Services Admin

Juan Lamarche

Juan Lamarche

Health & Fitness Promotion

Kisho McDonald

Kisho McDonald

Automotive Technology

Rebecca Paige

Rebecca Paige

Health Care Management

Calvin Reid

Calvin Reid

Cybersecurity

Jeremiah Sullivan

Jeremiah Sullivan

Health Care Management

Clayton Vaughn

Clayton Vaughn

Game Design and Development

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.

Noel Abreu

Noel Abreu

Funeral Services Admin

Sarah Balcom

Sarah Balcom

Physical Therapist Assistant

Ryan Burgos

Ryan Burgos

Mechanical Engineering Tech

Jerrett Chevalier

Jerrett Chevalier

Graphic and Multimedia Design

Abigale Fink

Abigale Fink

Early Childhood Care & Mgt

Calista Fraser

Calista Fraser

Mechatronics Technology

Danielle Giron Reyes

Danielle Giron Reyes

Veterinary Technology

Joshua Haft

Joshua Haft

Cybersecurity

Joseph Johnston III

Joseph Johnston

Applied Psychology

Nicolette Saladino

Nicolette Saladino

Veterinary Technology

Mary Townson

Mary Townson

Criminal Investigation

Jakob VanDerMeer

Jakob VanDerMeer

Game Design and Development

Rebecca Willdigg

Rebecca Willdigg

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.

Ita Lee

Ita Lee

Non-Degree