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CCC Announces Chancellor’s Award Student Recipient

Friday, May 07, 2010

Plattsburgh, New York …Jacob R. Ballard of Alburg, Vermont, is one of 228 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state to receive the 2010 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from Clinton Community College. Ballard is being recognized for his academic achievements and community service. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society of the Two-Year College and was named to the PTK All-State Academic USA Team. He was on the President’s Academic Honors list and graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2009 with an A. A. S. in Business Administration.

“We are pleased that Jacob was chosen to receive the Chancellor’s award,” said President Jablonski. “He is an outstanding student and the recognition is well deserved. Jacob not only excels academically, he is a student who generously shares his time and energy by giving back to his community. “We congratulate Jacob and wish him continued success.”

In addition to his academic achievements, Ballard was actively involved in the campus’ Earth Day Recycling Committee, he volunteered for the Little Buddies program at a local elementary school, and he participated in the holiday program at a local retirement center. In an effort to help finance his higher educational pursuits, Ballard developed his own SEC investment business, which proved successful and helped with college expenses. He relates his familiarity with the stock market is due to his dabbling in it since early childhood.

“Clinton has been a great experience and has opened the door to many of my current social and academic achievements,” said Ballard.

Following his graduation from CCC, Jacob is a student at Clarkson University. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on Innovative Entrepreneurship. He continues to do well academically and volunteers his time to worthy causes. He took part in Clarkson’s Alternative Spring Break program, joining fellow students to help clean-up Douthat State Park in Millboro, Virginia.

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created 13 years ago 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. The average Grade Point Average (GPA) for all recipients this year is 3.8.

Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary members of their college communities who are graduating. Nominees are then 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.