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:
Ann Giaquinto Scott
Sofia McDonald Games
North Grosvenordale, CT