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MCC Recognizes Top Achievers for 2018


Sydney J. Ackerman, Phil Braun Award Recipient
Sydney J. Ackerman, Phil Braun Award Recipient
Arianna Michele Pittenger, Paul Karr Award Recipient
Arianna Michele Pittenger, Paul Karr Award Recipient


Mott Community College will honor its outstanding academic achievers at the 2017 Graduate Honors Reception Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at The Whiting.

Top honors awarded by MCC include the Phil Braun Award, the Paul Karr Cup, MCC Honors Program Diplomas, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society members and academic division awards.

The Phil Braun Award recipient for 2018 is Sydney J. Ackerman, of Burton. Prior to MCC she attended Atherton High School. The Phil Braun recognition is given annually to the student who has obtained the most outstanding academic achievement of all graduating students. The award was originally established in 1941 by Phil Braun, local businessman.

Ackerman has earned an Associate in Science degree. She has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Honors College, and has earned an Honors Diploma and Medallion. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges. Ackerman will transfer to the University of Michigan-Flint
To pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Science.

The Paul Karr Award recipient for 2018 is Arianna Michele Pittenger, of Swartz Creek. Prior to MCC she attended Swartz Creek High School. The Paul Karr Award is given each year to the graduate chosen to represent the class as its best citizen on the basis of scholarship, character and service. This honor is noted on the student’s permanent record.

Pittenger has earned an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate in General Studies, with an Honors College Diploma and Medallion. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community colleges, President of the Feminist League, as well as a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society, MCC’s chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, and the MCC Honors Clown Troupe. She was awarded a statewide Michigan Campus Compact Heart and Soul Award in 2017 and the MCC Outstanding Community Impact Award in 2018. Pittenger is the second student in the College’s history to receive the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship from the national Campus Compact organization. She will transfer to Michigan State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology in preparation for medical school.

The Honors Program Diploma is awarded to students who have completed a minimum of four honors sections including the Honors Colloquium, have completed all the criteria for an associate’s degree and are graduating with a 3.5 or better GPA. Students who will receive the Honors Program Diploma at commencement are:
Sydney J. Ackerman, of Flint
Bianca Marie Aguirre, of Swartz Creek
Heather Marie Baker, of Swartz Creek
Jacob E Baum, of Goodrich
Emma Rose Bayer, of Fenton
Daniel Douglas Bednarski, of Lapeer
Madelyn Lauren Bettendorf, of Grand Blanc
Cassidy A. Curtis, of Linden
Elizabeth R. Draeger, of Linden
Alysa Marie Figgins, of Flint
Michaella Marie Ford, of Flint
Ian Thomas Fox, of Clio
Rylee Fritsch, of Davison
Jacqueline Ann Gallant, of Fenton
Rachel Leigh Gonser, of Lapeer
Lauren Michelle Gould, of Burton
Julia Lourdes Haber, of Grand Blanc
Miranda Lynn Hanson, of Burton
Briana Joy Hartwig, of Metamora
Madison Leigh Hatfield, of Davison
Gwendolyn Leandra Hopkins, of Millington
Katherine Ann Hyatt, of Davison
Jazzmin Anita Jackson, of Grand Blanc
Macie Nicole Keller, of Fenton
Alyssa Marie Linn, of Fenton
Elizabeth Maelynn Ludwig, of Burton
Jilian Christine Lueker, of Flushing
Haleigh Rene' Martin, of Davison
Linda Rachel McRoberts, of Flushing
Rachel Lauren Moffitt, of Grand Blanc
Rebecca L. Parsell, of Davison
Christopher James Pfeiffer, of Flint Township
Arianna Michele Pittenger, of Flint
Sarah Jane Rini, of Davison
Brendan Patrick Rogers, of Grand Blanc
Kelsie Elizabeth Rose, of Flint
Melissa Ruboyianes, of Flushing
Quinlan Rose Sharkey, of Lapeer
Douglas Wayne Shartzer, of Flint
Brandon Michael Wesley Snider, of Burton
Savanna Rochelle Steward, of Flint
Samantha Marie Stoddard, of Linden
Rodney Drake Summers, of Flint
Allisha Szcondronski, of Fenton
Ethan Patrick Taljonick, of Mt. Morris
Morgan Joel Townsend, of Davison
Caleb John Valkner, of Grand Blanc
Andrea Morgan Vonderheid, of Columbiaville
Baylee Owen Wheeler, of Swartz Creek
Patrica Rose Wisenbaugh, of Flint

Additionally, College divisions recognize students for academic performance. These awards are given at separate recognition ceremonies within the division or department and include:

The Fine Arts & Social Sciences Division Awards are given annually to students in Fine Arts & Social Sciences disciplines, community members and outstanding faculty. Student awards criteria require the recipient to be a graduating sophomore, have at least a 3.0 overall GPA, they must have completed two or more classes within the discipline and have earned a 3.5 GPA in each of those classes. The 2018 awards and recipients are:
• The Wise B. Joseph Excellence Award in Sociology recipient is Rachael M. Hinton, of Flint.
• The Meredith Mead Memorial Award in Early Childhood Education is given to Tara N. Allen of Burton, and Shirley J. Buckley-Keys, of Flint.
• The recipient of the Joseph F. Perisa Award for Outstanding History Student is Reese P. Gunn, of Davison.
• The Psychology Award recipient is Linda R. McRoberts, of Flushing.
• The Ginger Edwards Social Work Award recipient is Alyssa Cook-Freeman, of Flint.
• The Media Arts & Entertainments Outstanding Student Award is given to Tyler R. Hartwig, of Metamora.
• The Outstanding Music Freshman Year Student is Raymond D. Fields, of Flint.
• The Outstanding Music Sophomore Year Student is given to Kylie R. Hawkins, of Flushing, and Paul H. Kamm, of Durand.
• The Criminal Justice Award is given to Steven B. Adams, of Clio.
• Isaiah Oliver, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, was awarded the Carroll Clarke Civic Service Award for 2018. This award is given to community members who demonstrate outstanding commitment to community service.

The Technology Division Awards are given annually to students enrolled in one of the technology-related occupational degree programs at MCC who exhibit outstanding effort and professionalism in their field of study. This year’s recipients are:
• The Outstanding Graduate in CAD and Design recipient is Victor Sedrick, of Grand Blanc,
• The Outstanding Graduate in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration recipient is Kameron Smith, of Davison,
• The Outstanding Graduate in Computer Information Systems recipient is Paul Alverson, of Flint,
• The Outstanding Graduate in Automotive Technology recipient is Dale Carll, of Vassar,
• The Outstanding Graduate in Electronics and Electrical recipient is Kevin McWhorter, of Mt. Morris,
• The Most Improved CAD and Design Graduate recipient is Cameron Lomax, of Grand Blanc,
• The Product Design Challenge Team First Place recipients are David Dicks, of Grand Blanc, Jessica Beaudoin, of Flint, and Ron Khuat, of Flint.

Science and Mathematics Division Awards are based upon a combination of courses taken, credit hours earned, difficulty of courses, and grades earned. Students are nominated by faculty members.
• The 2018 Ahti A. Mackela Award recipient is Gina Delisi of Columbiaville. The $300 scholarship goes to a student of sophomore status with excellent academics in at least three different division disciplines.
• The 2018 Caraway - Walworth award recipients are Nolan Underwood, of Clio, and Kirsten Symanzik, of Goodrich. The $200 scholarship is awarded to a freshman with excellent academics in at least two different division disciplines.
• The 2018 Dennis J. Saturnino MCC/Kettering Scholarship recipient is Noah Hutchison of Flushing. This $200 scholarship goes to a student with excellent academics in science and math who is also planning to transfer to Kettering University.
• Bojcun Engineering Award- recipients are Richard Hogan of Grand Blanc and Callie Shelton of Clio,
• The 2018 Freshman Chemistry Award is given to Matthew Walker, of Grand Blanc,
• The 2018 Sophomore Chemistry Award is given to Taylor Adams, of Fenton,
• The 2018 Chemistry Health Science Award is given to Cassandra Perna, of Fenton,
• The 2018 Geology Award is given to Kaitlin Renehan of Fenton,
• The 2018 Sophomore Physics Award is given to Joshua Castleman, of Durand,
• The 2018 Biology Health Sciences Award is given to Amanda Maxwell, of Grand Blanc, Vsevolod Sobolev of Flushing, and Jack Proos of Fenton,
• The 2018 Freshman Mathematics Award is given to Kynson Allen, Goodrich,
• The 2018 Sophomore Mathematics Award is given to Ian Fox, of Clio, and Richard Hogan, of Grand Blanc.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

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