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MWCC Honors the Hard Work of 65 Outstanding Students at Evening of Excellence Awards Ceremony

Mount Wachusett Community College celebrated the achievements of 65 students during its annual Evening of Excellence awards event last night at Theatre at the Mount.

“Tonight is all about our students,” said Jason Zelesky, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. “I am constantly reminded that Mount Wachusett is the college that changes lives,” said Zelesky.

The ceremony recognized student accomplishments both inside and outside of the classroom, as well as in the local community. As faculty members presented the stories of their high-performing students throughout the evening, it became clear that many honorees managed a family, full-time job, and even chronic illness even as they maintained a high or perfect GPA in college.

Speaking of the challenges borne by students at Mount Wachusett Community College, President James Vander Hooven called to mind the image of an ant capable of carrying 5,000 times its own body weight.

“That’s how it can feel sometimes for our students. They’re all working toward the same goal. But you never see an ant stop. You never see an ant take a break,” said Vander Hooven. “I would encourage you to stop and take in this moment. Know that you’re not alone. We’re here to support you forever.”

State Representative Susannah Whipps echoed Vander Hooven’s message.

“As a proud alumna of MWCC, I encourage you to keep in touch as you move forward in life and share your successes with your MWCC friends and faculty through the Alumni Network,” she said.   In addition to college curriculum and outstanding achievement awards, the MWCC Foundation also presented a number of memorial awards and scholarships during the ceremony. The Foundation will award over $300,000 in student scholarships this year.

The following students were honored with awards:

Ashburnham, MA

Michele Walsky

Ashby, MA

Terrence Marks

Erin Pucko

Ayer, MA

Brittany Bechtel

Brenton Bourne

Barre, MA

Ann Giaquinto Scott

Sofia McDonald Games

Clinton, MA

Johnathan Lucht

Devens, MA

Kabilgangai Subramanian

Dunstable, MA

Alison Ralls

Jeremy Ralls

Fitchburg, MA

Kimberly Mertell

Brittany Velez

Melissa Williams

Gardner, MA

Cassparina Carlson

Ramsey Clayter

Kimberly Cook

Briana Cormier

Megan DiVito

Erin Jones

Alphoncina Lyamuya

Jonathan Marshall

Kevin Oxford

Mitchell Smith

Holden, MA

Camilo Almarales

Hubbardston, MA

Matthew Brooks

Cristen Comptois

Brianna Stevens

Leominster, MA

Suellen Alves

Kiana Delgado

Angela Douthwright

Jill Gordan

Hieu Huynh

Rebecca Tabales

Brittany Waseleski

David Yang

Lunenburg, MA

Oliver White

Orange, MA

Terri Alden

Elizabeth Cross

Jaclyn Esparza

Tammy Goodgion

Jennifer Lamontagne

Kiersten Samalis

Petersham, MA

Sage Floyd-Hathaway

Phillipston, MA

Sarah Christenson

Sterling, MA

Christopher Giard

Templeton, MA

Ashley Boudreau

Tara Dugan

Townsend, MA

Kaitlyn Fales

Peter Geanacopulos

Justin Girard

West Townsend

Elizabeth Fogle

Westford, MA

Cari Arnott

Westminster, MA

Jessica Decker

Lisa Ferrara-Caron

Gina Vilayphone

Winchendon, MA

Allyson Bois

Rachel Haley

Thomas Sutherland

Teresa Tambling

Holly Tata

Jacob VanHillo

North Grosvenordale, CT

Amanda King

Mason, NH

Samantha Landry

Pittsburg, PA

Louis Ayisi