Sheba Jackson and Manny Mateo are hard-working student-athletes determined to make their community a better place. That’s why they recently received Athletic Awards for Sportsmanship and Community Service. Jackson and Mateo were honored for their accomplishments during a recent Board of Trustees meeting.
Jackson is a 2016 graduate of Faith Heritage High School majoring in Humanities & Social Sciences. She’s a member of the Volleyball team who will earn her degree in May. She plans to pursue a degree in Philosophy at either Binghamton or Stony Brook. Jackson is the daughter of a pastor who grew up performing community service and continued down that path as a student at OCC.
Mateo graduated from Henninger High School in 2016 and is a Computer Forensics major. He’s a member of the Track & Field team who has national championship potential in the shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throws. After he earns his degree in May he will transfer to Utica College and major in Cyber Security. During his time on campus Mateo participated in the Applied Learning Experience and Conversation Circles.
Both Jackson and Mateo are big believers in playing hard and encouraging everyone to do their best. “When we go to track meets we are always cheering on other athletes,” said Mateo. “It’s good if you’re good, but if you’re the only person whose good that’s not really fun. You want to get everyone to the next level with you so you have competition.”