OCC’s Gold Medal Day in Albany

Several of Onondaga Community College’s best students were honored in Albany April 24 during the presentation of the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence. Both ceremonies were held in the Albany Capital Center.

Three OCC students were named winners of the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards for their distinguished academic achievements and leadership accomplishments. They were:

Pictured with SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson (center) are OCC representatives (left to right) PTK Faculty Adviser Dr. Annie Tuttle, student Marigone Istogu, PTK Coordinator Jackie Barstow and student Kate Hanson.

Katelyn Doner

  • High School: Cicero-North Syracuse, class of 2016
  • Major: Electronic Media Communications


Kate Hanson

  • High School: Central Square, class of 2016
  • Major: Mathematics & Science with a concentration in Biology
  • Kate was also recognized for earning a national Coca-Cola scholarship.


Marigone Istogu

  • Native of Kosovo
  • Major: Electrical Technology


Four OCC students were recognized as winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by SUNY. OCC’s winners were:


OCC’s SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence winners include (left to right) Seth Bae, Nathan Burroughs and Michaela Grainger. They are pictured with OCC President Dr. Casey Crabill (right).

Seth Bae

  • High School: Fairfax in Los Angeles, class of 2013
  • Major at OCC: General Studies – Liberal Arts & Sciences


Nathan Burroughs

  • High School: Homer, class of 2016
  • Major at OCC: Engineering Science


Michaela Grainger

  • Home schooled, from Fayetteville
  • Major at OCC: Humanities & Social Sciences with an Honors minor


Petey Maxwell

  • High School: Windsor in Colorado, class of 2016
  • Major at OCC: Exercise Science


During both ceremonies SUNY Chancellor Kristin M. Johnson addressed the honorees. “These award recipients emerged from their campuses this year as the top scholars, athletes, performers, and achievers, as well as a tremendous source of inspiration. The students made the choice to be leaders on their campuses, prioritize their studies, and serve their communities. Congratulations to this year’s awardees, and I applaud you for pursuing excellence in all that you do.”

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