The Star-Herald

Evening of Excellence honors Northern Maine Community College students

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Northern Maine Community College celebrated senior achievement during an Evening of Excellence on May 2 to honor students who exemplify the NMCC experience – both in and out of the classroom.

“I want to congratulate you on your success and to let you know, we are all very proud of you,” said NMCC President Timothy Crowley.

The campus chose 18 students, one from each program area, to receive an Academic Achievement Award. Criteria included academic performance and attitude. The instructors spoke of the qualities and achievements of each of their students and the reason why each student earned the award.

A resounding influence in the selection process was attendance, preparedness, work completion and leadership.

Andrew Gagnon, department chair of Emergency Medical Services, summed up instructors’ sentiments: “It’s not the walls that make this institution so great, it’s the students within them.”

In addition to the Academic Achievement Awards, several other accolades were presented by Dr. William Egeler, dean of students.

“Congratulations to you all. Tonight we celebrate your success. We know that the people in this room will continue to be successful as they move forward in life.”

Elizabeth Allen of Blaine was congratulated for her Student of the Year distinction. A recent reception in Augusta honored Allen and six other students from each of Maine’s Community Colleges.

NMCC’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, announced the All-Maine Academic Team honorees, which were Jacob Chouinard of Fort Kent, Genesis Hart of Presque Isle and Brad Plourde of Eagle Lake. Chouinard also earned the New Century Scholar honor, which will provide him with a workforce scholarship.

Jenny Morneault of Fort Kent and Mandy Bradbury of Mars Hill won the Falcon Spirit Award. This award recognizes students who have gone above the call of duty to help make the campus a better place. Morneault and Bradbury have volunteered countless hours of their time and have been involved in campus organizations.

Morneault and Joseph Silliboy of Ludlow earned the Award of Excellence. This award honors students who have demonstrated high excellence for themselves, are creative thinkers, possess high standards of honesty and integrity, and have been an inspiration to others.

Rachel Driscoll of Washburn won this year’s Gorman Scholar award, the only student award of the evening given to a first-year student. Driscoll will receive a full scholarship for next academic year and there will be a reception for her later this spring.

The Instructor of the Year award, determined by student nominations, went to Angela Buck RN, MSN, FNP-C, nursing instructor and Student Nurses’ Association advisor.

The Student Senate president, Bradbury, presented Buck with the award.

“Whether she is answering questions about an assignment or offering students test-taking advice, Angela is consistently pushing students to be the best they can be,” said Bradbury. “This overall admiration is a result of her dedication and commitment to the nursing department and, most importantly, the students.”

Egeler wrapped up the evening by sharing a conversation he once had with a friend.

“‘Everything that is positive in my life, I can link back to NMCC.’ The person that said that to me attended NMCC, met their spouse at NMCC, and their best employees came from NMCC,” said Egeler, “Tonight is an additional example of why it is the students that consistently make NMCC such a great place to be.”

Submitted by the Development and College Relations Office of Northern Maine Community College.

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