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April 3, 2014

Nine local students earn SUNY's top honors

Nine elite students attending local State University of New York colleges were honored at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Wednesday for their scholastic accomplishments and overall excellence.

Two students from SUNY Cobleskill, two students from SUNY Delhi and four students from SUNY Oneonta were presented with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, and one SUNY Delhi student received an award from Phi Theta Kappa, a national honor society, according to a Wednesday media release.

The local students were honored alongside 291 other college students from SUNY colleges across the state. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher congratulated the individuals and said students honored with the Chancellor’s Award and Phi Theta Kappa award “truly embody the power of SUNY.”

“As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists, and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York State,” Zimpher said. “Congratulations to all of the students being recognized today.”

Established in 1997, the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement, according to the release. Each recipient of the Chancellor’s Award receives a framed certificate and medallion, traditionally worn at commencement.

Students who received the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence include SUNY Delhi students Virginia Giles, of South Kortright; and Drew Laemmermann, of Watertown; SUNY Oneonta students Ashley Ly, of Walton; Raymond Boss, of Macedon; Kaylee Herzog, of Delmar; and Mifuyu Otsuka, of Tokyo, Japan; and SUNY Cobleskill students Earl Brady, of Columbia; and Tracee Schiebel, of Vernon.

Leiane Troescher, a student at SUNY Delhi, received the Phi Theta Kappa Award, which recognizes outstanding community college students throughout New York. As a recipient of the award, Troescher has been named a member of the 2014 All New York Community College Academic Team. 

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