SUNY Canton recognizes top scholars

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CANTON — Several area students were among those honored at the State University of New York at Canton’s 2021 Honors Convocation celebration. The annual ceremony celebrates students who have the highest GPA for their class year in their major.

“It’s no exaggeration to say your achievements are more impressive because you are able to persevere while facing an enormous hardship,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It would have been easy to quit when the going got tough, but you didn’t. You kept moving forward. Your persistence has undoubtedly proved that you are ready for anything life throws at you.”

Students honored include:

Taylor Calhoun, of Marcy, veterinary service administration;

Alexis M. Metott, of Camden, management;

Matthew J. Strachen, of New Hartford, crime analysis;

Jenna C. VanAllen, of Blossvale, veterinary technology; and

Marley Yerdon, of Redfield, nursing.

SUNY Canton Provost Peggy A. De Cooke said she was in awe of students’ ability to adapt to a completely new academic environment. “On top of adjusting to virtual classes, online labs, video presentations, and conference calls, you’ve also had to do so in a changing social landscape,” she said.

“As you finish the semester and continue on your path, I hope you will remain aware of the challenges that our society is facing. Your professors have given you the ability to take what you’ve learned here and apply it to real-world problems. We have prepared you to be doers and that’s a competency that companies and organizations will need desperately as we recover from the pandemic,” she added.

This year’s ceremony was named to recognize Professor Emeritus Brian Washburn, who served the college for more than 40 years. De Cooke introduced Washburn by highlighting his demonstrated commitment to applied learning and real-world educational strategies in addition to his outstanding record as an educator. Washburn encouraged students to continue their excellence and never stop striving for distinction as they move forward in their education and in their careers. “Congratulations on your academic success at SUNY Canton,” he said.

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