Jamestown Community College students Brittany A. Brace and Danelle R. Turney are among 243 State University of New York students honored recently with the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership and community service.
"By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus, and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride," said Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY chancellor.
The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their colleges who are graduating. Nominees are forwarded to the chancellor's office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
Both Brace and Turney are dean's list students.
Brace was co-captain of JCC's volleyball team which competed in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament last fall. Named to the NJCAA all-tournament team, she was also recognized for her achievements by being included on the Western New York Athletic Conference first team in 2012 and second team in 2011.
Brace has been an active volunteer in after school programming for children at Fletcher Elementary School and the Jamestown YWCA. She will graduate in May with a degree in physical education studies.
As president of Alpha Kappa Beta, JCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Turney oversaw several projects benefiting student and community organizations. She served as a student ambassador, performed in the JCC choir, and was named to the NJCAA All-American team for swimming and diving.
Turney graduated in December with a degree in liberal arts and sciences: social science and is now enrolled at SUNY Geneseo.