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Students Honored at Annual College Academic Day

Twenty-one students, each representing a campus of the ConnSCU system, were honored during the Annual College Academic Day celebration at the State Capitol.
Twenty-one students, each representing a campus of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU) system, were honored today by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 15th Annual College Academic Day celebration at the State Capitol. Students are selected by their school leaders based on merit and scholastic achievement and extra-curricular involvement.

Each year on College Academic Day, state lawmakers honor outstanding students from each of Connecticut’s public and private universities. “I’ve been continually impressed by the caliber of the students on each and every ConnSCU campus,” said Robert A. Kennedy, President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs the ConnSCU campuses. “I believe they are among the best and brightest in the state, and it’s wonderful to have them recognized with their peers as such. I congratulate our schools’ winners, and wish them the very best.”

The students received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, were formally introduced during session and were honored at a State Capitol reception. Sponsors of the event include State Representatives Richard F. Roy (119th District), Pamela Z. Sawyer (55th District, and Roberta B. Willis (64th District).

"Academic Day Honorees represent the best and the brightest in all of Connecticut’s colleges and Universities. Each year we take the time to shine a light on the message that student honorees of Academic Day will be Connecticut’s future leaders." Rep. Roy said.

The College Academic Day honorees from the 17 ConnSCU campuses include:

Asnuntuck Community College

  • Michael Andrew Oney, Windsor Locks - Major: Communications and Broadcasting

Capital Community College

  • Jennie Nazario, New Britain - Major: Nursing

Central Connecticut State University

  • Benjamin Ho Kyung Harvey, East Hartford - Major: Criminology
  • Samantha Elizabeth Cool, Naugatuck - Majors: Education and History

Charter Oak State College

  • Warren H. Hyatt, Milford - Major: Public Safety Administration

Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Colton Wayne Alexander, Willimantic - Major: Mathematics with Physics Minor
  • Lauren Ann Biatowas, Shelton - Major: English with Secondary Education Concentration

Gateway Community College

  • Giovanna Velazquez, Branford - Major: Nursing

Housatonic Community College

  • Natasha Jones, Bridgeport - Major: Business Management

Manchester Community College

  • Jesse Ryan Parrott, Manchester - Major: Liberal Arts and Science

Middlesex Community College

  • Erica Celso, New Haven - Major: Accounting and Business Administration

Naugatuck Valley Community College

  • Sarah Anne Miller, Naugatuck - Major: Behavioral Sciences

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

  • Mika Gauger, Winsted - Major: Liberal Arts and Science

Norwalk Community College

  • Rachael Lederman, Norwalk - Major: Legal Assistant

Quinebaug Valley Community College

  • Kevin Davis, Putnam - Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Southern Connecticut State University

  • Melanie A. Guillerault, Enfield - Double Major: Elementary Education/Psychology
  • Jonathon Uhl, Beacon Falls - Major: Chemistry

Three Rivers Community College

  • Kendra Clark-Keen, New London - Major: Nursing

Tunxis Community College

  • Alexandria Gary, Simsbury - Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Western Connecticut State University

  • Phanuel A. Mariano, Waterbury - Major: Mathematics with Finance Minor
  • Sanya Ith, Danbury - Double Major: Financial Accounting/Finance

For more information, please contact:
Leigh Appleby