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MCC Recognizes Top Achievers for 2019

05/02/2019

Alexus Harden, Phil Braun Award recipient
Alexus Harden, Phil Braun Award recipient
Michelle Gutting, Paul Karr Award recipient
Michelle Gutting, Paul Karr Award recipient

Mott Community College honored its outstanding academic achievers at the 2019 Graduate Honors Reception Thursday, May 2, 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 2019 is Alexus Lavon Harden, of Linden. 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.

Harden is graduating with an Associate in Science and Associate in General Studies. She was awarded the 2017 Trustees’ Scholarship, and consistently made the Dean’s Honor Roll for earning a 4.0 GPA each semester. She is a member of both the Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa, the international Honor Society for community colleges. In addition to her academics, Harden volunteered as the Linden Middle School Cheerleading coach and at her church. She plans to attend Oakland University in the Fall to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, with a goal of a career in Environmental Engineering.

The Paul Karr Award recipient for 2019 is Michelle Gutting, of Flint. 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.

Gutting, of Flint, is graduating with an Associate in Business Management and an Associate in General Studies. She is an Executive Board member, former Fundraising Chair, Membership Outreach Chair and Executive Leadership Chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), She is the first MCC student to earn the Advanced and Executive Certification through NSLS. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for community colleges and is one of the founding members of the Mott Ethics
Bowl Club, serving as both President and Vice President. While maintaining her 4.0, working full time and being a mother to six, Gutting has volunteered as a tutor for Motherly Intercession, Special Olympics Michigan, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Voices for Children, and Foster Care Closet in Clio. She earned the MCC Outstanding Community Impact Award in 2019. She will attend Northwood University this Fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with plans to continue her education toward an MBA.

The Honors College 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 College Diploma at commencement are:
Alexi Anger, of Flint
Savanna Austin, of Mt. Morris
Mya Baxter, of Flint
Eagan, Bayer, of Lapeer
Sarah Bemis, of Flushing
Victoria Carbone, of Lapeer
Matthew Carpenter, of Burton
Mary Cassidy, of Flushing
Mikayla Dewar, of Montrose
Serena Enemodia, of Flint
Emily Gee, of Clio
Alexus Harden, of Linden
Jack Kelley, of Clio
Shay Liogghio, of Otter Lake
Angel Mangham, of Flint
Molly McLaughlin, of Fenton
Madison Merinsky, of Swartz Creek
Noelia Perez, of Flint
Alesiah Pickard-Banno, of Flint
Zachary Rabine, of Birmingham
Jazlynn Robinson, of Mt. Morris
Nicole Ross, of Davison
Kayla Schmiedeknecht, of Davison
Coner Segren, of Burton
Natalie Tackett, Burton
Nicole Theodore, of FLushing
Jessica Tobias, of Mt. Morris
Mikala Torrey, of Flushing
Tirstan Walters, of Lapeer
Tyler Wilson, of Clarkston
Alexandra Windle, of Davison

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 2019 awards and recipients are:
• The Meredith Mead Memorial Award in Early Childhood Education is given to Tara N. Allison M. Huston, of Burton, and Amanda J. Waller, of Mayville.
• The Psychology Award recipient is Nicole C. Ross, of Davison, and Mikala M. Torrey, of Flushing.The Humaniatrian Award is given to Stevi Atkins.
• The Media Arts & Entertainments Outstanding Student Award is given to Julien C. York, of Flushing.
• The Outstanding Music Freshman Year Student is Anastasia C. Allen, of Otisville.
• The Outstanding Music Sophomore Year Student is Raymond D. Fields, of Flint.
• The Music Technology Award is given to Clark A. Almassy, of Flint.
• The Criminal Justice Award is given to Lashabriane M. Kelly, of Flint.
• The Geography Award is given to Richard D. Hogeland, of Flint.
• The Carroll Clark Scholarship Award is given to Nicholas C. Brandes, of Davison.
• Wise Joseph, former MCC professor and president of the United Nations Chapter of Genesee County, was posthumously awarded the Carroll Clarke Civic Service Award for 2019. 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 Danielle Ross, of Montrose.
• The Outstanding Graduate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration recipient is Nathon Hackney, of Otisville.
• The Outstanding Graduate in Computer Information Systems recipient is Chase Smith, of Flint.
• The Outstanding Graduate in Automotive Technology recipient is Chad Adler, of Fenton.
• The Outstanding Graduate in Electronics and Electrical recipient is Olen "Dennis" Rush, of Flint.
• The Product Design Challenge Team First Place recipients are Leslie-Jo Williams, of Flint, Thomas Peterson, of Grand Blanc, and Trent Hall, 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 2019 Ahti A. Mackela Award recipient is Alexus Harden, of Linden. The $300 scholarship goes to a student of sophomore status with excellent academics in at least three different division disciplines.
• The 2019 Caraway - Walworth award recipient is Lauren Perry, of Grand Blanc. The $200 scholarship is awarded to a freshman with excellent academics in at least two different division disciplines.
• The 2019 Dennis J. Saturnino MCC/Kettering Scholarship recipient is Theodore Knowles, of Goodrich. 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- recipient is Grace Misekow, of Clio.
• The 2019 Freshman Chemistry Award is given to Josh Castleman, of Durand.
• The 2019 Sophomore Chemistry Award is given to Victoria Carbone, of Lapeer.
• The 2019 Geology Award is given to James Viar, of Mt. Morris.
• The 2019 Physics Award is given to Hayley Gabriel, of Davison.
• The 2019 Chemistry Health Sciences Award is given to Aurora Creed, of Swartz Creek.
• The 2019 Biology Health Sciences Award is given to Emma Birchmeier, of Flushing.
• The 2019 Freshman Mathematics Award is given to Joel Dover, of Grand Blanc.
• The 2019 Sophomore Mathematics Award is given to Alexus Harden, of Linden.
• Victoria Carbone, of Lapeer, is the first MCC STEM Scholars program graduate.

Service Learning Awards:
Alexi Anger, of Flint, and Michelle Gutting, of Flint, earned the Outstanding Community Impact award from the MCC Experiential Learning Office. The award is given to students who make service an integral part of their college experience, demonstrate significant contributions to community, encourage others to participate in service, and has make efforts to build partnerships between their campus and communities. The recipients also demonstrate personal growth on the impact of their engagement as well as demonstrates a commitment to lifelong engagement.

Anger, a Biology major, will graduate with three Associate’s degrees in Science, Arts and General Studies, with an endorsement in International and Global Studies. She is a member of the MCC Honors College and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, MCC Feminist League, and the MCC Honors Clown Troupe. She is pursuing a career in conservation or veterinary medicine.

Gutting, a Business major, will graduate with two associate’s degree in Business Management and General Studies. She is a member of the National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS), Ethics Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is also the recipient of the National Engaged Leader Award for NSLS. She is pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Business and an MBA. Gutting wants to start a non-profit to help foster families.


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.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

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