Meghan Wallace of Roxbury and Zhi Li of Fukoka, Japan, were recipients from the State University College of Technology at Delhi.
“Meghan and Zhi were outstanding students who embraced SUNY Delhi’s commitment to community service,” said President Candace Vancko. “I am pleased to see that their exceptional achievements have been recognized by Chancellor Zimpher.”
Wallace, a liberal arts major, earned through academic performance at Roxbury High School a Presidential Scholarship to attend SUNY Delhi, where she has excelled academically, served in student government and volunteered in many capacities on and off campus, a release said.
Li graduated with an associate’s degree in business administration. He earned a Student Life Citizenship Award that recognized his selfless contributions to campus life and in communities beyond, a release said, and he was an orientation leader for Japanese students and a volunteer tutor.
Recipients from the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill were Maii Zikry, from Cairo, Egypt, a bachelor of science major in communications, and Marten Peterson, a bio-technology bachelor of science major from Oswego.
“SUNY Cobleskill is honored to have them receive Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence,” said Steve Ackerknecht, vice president for student affairs at SUNY Cobleskill, said in a statement. “Maii and Marten have distinguished themselves as exemplary student leaders who are role models for the entire campus community.”
Other recipients with local connections were Celina Furman of Norwich, a student at the State University College at Potsdam, and Gwendolyn Nieves of Sidney, a student at Broome Community College, and Shane Delameter of Arkville, a student at Herkimer County Community College.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students, SUNY officials said. Nominations are forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which traditionally is worn at commencement.
*Editor's Note: This story was changed at 9:35 a.m. April 12 to correct the number of local students who were honored and to add a name of one of the students honored.