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For Immediate Release: April 2, 2013

Contact: Heather Meaney, (518) 381-1250

Schenectady County Community College Students Chosen for State Awards

Left to right are award recipients Rebekah Kimble, Samuel Clement, John Donahue and Kenette Webster.

Four students were recently chosen to receive statewide honors based on their academic achievements and commitment to serving their communities. They will be recognized with New York All-Academic Team membership and SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence at a luncheon in Albany on April 4, 2013.

Rebekah Kimble, a Liberal Arts major, and Samuel Clement, a Culinary Arts/Hotel and Restaurant Management major, were both chosen for the second team of the New York All-Academic Team, through Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Recipients must have between a 3.5 and 4.0 grade point average. Both Rebekah and Samuel have maintained 4.0 GPAs, are members of Phi Theta Kappa and have been named to the President's List.

Rebekah, a home-school graduate from Scotia, plans to graduate in May and transfer to Houghton College to major in history and political science. She has received SCCC scholarships and will be a SUNY Chancellor's Award recipient. She tutors other students through the TRIO program, is a member of Schenectady County 4-H and a volunteer at the Youth for Christ Teen Parent Nursery. Samuel, a graduate of Catholic Central High School from Albany, plans to graduate in December and possibly transfer to a four-year college or university. He has been a member of the Men's Basketball Team since Fall 2011 and was the team captain this year. He has earned scholarships and is a Head Community Manager for College Suites at Washington Square. Since Summer 2009, Samuel has coordinated Habitat for Humanity trips.

John Donahue, a Human Services, Liberal Arts and Chemical Dependency Counseling major, Rebekah Kimble and Kenette Webster, a Tourism and Hospitality Management major, will receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence, given to students who have integrated academic excellence with other aspects of their lives. John, of Schuylerville, is President of the Student Government Association, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Faculty-Student Association Board of Directors, Vice President of the SCCC chapter of Student Veterans of America and Co- President of the Student Volunteer Organization, all while maintaining a 3.53 GPA. He has been named to the President's List and has served as a leader with the Clifton Park Youth Hockey League and volunteer with Boy Scouts. He plans to graduate in May, alongside his son Sean Donahue, and head to Empire State College for a bachelor's degree in community and human services.

Kenette, a graduate of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, who lives in Troy, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the New York State Hospitality Association and Meeting Professionals International, and Secretary of the Hospitality Club. She maintains a 3.78 GPA, has received scholarships, been on the President's List and has volunteered at campus events. In addition, last spring, Kenette served hot meals as a volunteer with the YWCA's food pantry in Troy. She plans to graduate in May and transfer on for a bachelor's degree.


About SCCC: One of the 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, the nation's largest comprehensive system of higher education, Schenectady County Community College in upstate New York enrolls more than 7,000 students. SCCC offers 46 career degree, transfer degree and certificate programs. The College opened its doors for classes in 1969 and continues to provide affordable comprehensive higher education and adult educational opportunities in response to local educational needs.

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