Awards for Student Excellence

 

OCC's five SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence winners are (left to right) Iga Szczepanik, Jade Lewis, Leighann Bulich, Toni Jones and Dan Quackenbush.
OCC’s five SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence winners are (left to right) Iga Szczepanik, Jade Lewis, Leighann Bulich, Toni Jones and Dan Quackenbush.

Five OCC students received SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence April 5 in Albany. The awards were presented by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher at a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. Honorees demonstrated the ability to combine academic excellence with other accomplishments which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts. OCC’s five honorees were:

Leighann Bulich

  • High School: Lake George Jr.-Sr., 2014
  • Major at OCC: Emergency Management
  • Leighann took more than 20 credits each semester, was an RA, an officer in international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a certified emergency medical technician. She earned her degree in December 2015 and is now attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Toni Jones

  • High School: Corcoran, 1998
  • Majors at OCC: Communication Studies, Humanities and Social Sciences with an Honors minor
  • Toni is a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a member of the History Club who went on several study abroad trips. Toni is 36-years-old and will graduate this May along with her mother, 58-year-old Sharon Hill.

Jade Lewis

  • High School: Silver Creek, 2014
  • Majors at OCC: Electronic Media Communications and Humanities with an Honors minor
  • Jade was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, played on the Women’s Soccer team, was an RA and a member of the Politics Club. She will graduate in May and transfer to Syracuse University.

Daniel Quackenbush

  • High School: Cicero-North Syracuse, 2014
  • Major at OCC: Electronic Media Communications and Computer Information Science
  • Daniel achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, was a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Politics Club. He will graduate in May and transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Iga Szczepanik

  • High School: Bishop Grimes, 2014
  • Major at OCC: Business Administration with minors in Women’s Studies and Honors
  • Iga is an international student from Poland. She’s president of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and a student ambassador. She will graduate in May and transfer to Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Jade Lewis

Jade Lewis - Top of StoryJade Lewis’ desire to make a difference and be the best is evident in everything she does. She’s a member of international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, a double major in Electronic Media Communications and Humanities with an Honors minor and is a two-year member of the Women’s Soccer team. While a student at Silver Creek High School about 35 miles southwest of Buffalo, Lewis was recruited by OCC to play soccer. During her time on campus she’s also been an RA and a member of the Politics Club.

Lewis found her passion while working on her Honors project. She put together a documentary on Title IX and sexual assault. “The process was very rewarding,” Lewis said. “We spoke to a number of victims of sexual assault. I was worried about being in college but not really doing anything. You study, you take tests but you’re not making an impact. I want to help people. Doing this has given me motivation.”

Lewis will graduate in May and plans to Syracuse University. As her time at OCC winds down she has a tremendous appreciation for everything the College represents. “This is a great school with great opportunities if you look for them. You can do literally anything you want here as long as you are willing to put the work in.”

Lewis worked countless hours on her documentary. You can view it below.