It was a day to remember for Warren County Community College graduate James Crouse. He along with many of his fellow graduates started the day off by being recognized for their their academic and social achievements during the 2016-17 academic year at a special ceremony, and then receiving degrees at commencement.
Among the special award-winners was Crouse, who received the Trustees Award, Benjamin Volk, recipient of the President’s Academic Award, and Rhonda Thomas-Boothe, who was presented with the Foundation Directors’ Award for Student Achievement.
Crouse, the president of student government during the past year and the student speaker at graduation where he gave a stirring speech about his overcoming of addiction, also received the American Psychological Association Award.
In all, over 20 students were cited for the excellent efforts during the past year.
“I really feel like this is the most outstanding class ever,” WCCC President Dr. Will Austin said. “You have all achieved academic excellence, and perhaps more importantly, have excelled in many other ways as well, from becoming community and college leaders to leaving a mark that fellow graduates to come will want to follow.”
In addition to those mentioned above, the full listing of award-recipients includes:
Alvin Sloan Service Award, Thomas Schnezler
American Psychological Association Award, Crouse and Jennifer Fowles
Dedication Award, Raphael Izzolino
Perseverance Award, Erika Hollinger
Academic Excellent Award, William Morgan
EOF Award, Ashley Papazian
VIPER Award, Matthew Backes
Elementary & Secondary Education Award, Rebecca Erz
Early Childhood Award, Jayne Houston
Ars Poetica Award, Andrew Acuna
Literary Award, Austin Eisele
Computer Information Services Award, Manley Beaubrun
Graphic & Web Design Award, Jane Brady
College Service Award, John Reinhard
Alumni Association Award, Thomas Conklin
Business Award, Carin Ganova
Diligence Award, Kyle Back
Food and Beverage Management Award, Fhatuma Camara
Math Award, Christopher Danberry
Fine Arts Award, Sarah Fielder
Science Award, Cameau Charleus
Veteran Award, Vincent Rivera
Outstanding Service Award, Jack Zastowny
WCCC has been serving Warren County since 1981, providing an affordable, high quality education in a broad range of fields of interest. For more information about WCCC and its degree and non-degree programs, visit www.warren.edu.