Five MCC students receive state leadership awards from MCCA

Five Metropolitan Community College students received Student Leadership Awards at the Missouri Community College Association’s 52nd annual convention  Nov. 2-4 in Branson.

MCC’s five student honorees were:

Cole
Cole

+ Richard Cole, MCC-Penn Valley: Cole has served as a Campus Ambassador, has been an active member of the Penn Valley Student Government Association (serving as treasurer last year) and is active in the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, earning his regalia in just one semester. He has also served as an orientation leader and an officer in the Anime Club. Campus officials say he can always be counted on to assist at a variety of campus activities through Penn Valley’s Campus Life and Leadership office.

Fuller
Fuller

+ Brittany Fuller, MCC-Longview:  Fuller is a member of Longview’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and chairs the PTK Honors in Action Project committee. She also is a Student Ambassador, works as a math tutor in the Student Success Center and assists in the Network and User Services department as a lab technician.

Seymour
Seymour

+ Benjamin Seymour, MCC-Blue River: Seymour serves as secretary for the Blue River Ambassadors, the campus’ student admissions and leadership team. He also tutors fellow students in math, volunteers with the Children’s Peace Pavilion and Adopt a Highway program, and is an active member of Blue River’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Thoman
Thoman

+ Emma Thoman, MCC-Maple Woods: Thoman has been a peer mentor for the past year and a half. Campus officials say she “stepped out of her shell” to become a true campus leader, always displaying “a positive attitude and a passion to help” fellow students. She also volunteers for new-student orientation and helps at new-student enrollment sessions.

Valdez
Valdez

+ David Valdez, MCC-Business & Technology: Valdez, who will graduate this semester with an associate degree in computer-aided drafting, recently put his skills to good use for a little boy born without a hand. The boy got a bike for his third birthday but wasn’t able to to ride it because of his limb deficiency. When the child’s father contacted the FabLab at MCC, it was Valdez who rose to the challenge and spent time outside of class creating an adaptor, made on a 3-D printer, for the boy’s bike.

MCCA’s Student Leadership Awards are presented annually to exceptional student leaders from each of Missouri’s community colleges/campuses.  Students are recommended for the award by their college/campus president/chancellor and chief student affairs officer.

Photos from the event:

Richard Cole (center) with MCC-Penn Valley's Terrell Tigner (left) and Yvette Sweeney
Richard Cole (center) with MCC-Penn Valley’s Terrell Tigner (left) and Yvette Sweeney
Brittany Fuller (left) with MCC-Longview's Diana McElroy
Brittany Fuller (left) with MCC-Longview’s Diana McElroy
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Benjamin Seymour (left) with MCC-Blue River’s Michael Banks
Emma Thoman with MCC-Maple Woods' Utpal Goswami
Emma Thoman with MCC-Maple Woods’ Utpal Goswami
David Valdez with MCC-Business & Technology's Jackie Gill
David Valdez with MCC-Business & Technology’s Jackie Gill