Maine Community College System Lists 2022 Students of the Year

The Augusta-based Maine Community College System Board of Trustees recognized the achievements of seven students selected as students of the year 2022. The following students were selected for their academic achievement and their involvement on campus and in the community, according to a press release from Maine’s two-year comprehensive college system.

Ryan Ashby, Northern Maine Community College

Ashby, of Mapleton, is enrolled in NMCC’s business administration program. When a serious car accident nearly sidelined his studies, he said NMCC faculty and staff worked with him to ensure he could complete his classes while recovering, earning his online diploma.

Ashby volunteers at her local church and uses her wellness journey to motivate others. His commitment has paid off and he plans to graduate this spring.

He plans to transfer and get a bachelor’s degree, with the goal of eventually getting his master’s in business administration, and working in employee development or operations and management.

Suzanne Hanvey, Southern Maine Community College

Hanvey, of Saco, is enrolled in SMCC’s Liberal Studies program with a concentration in science. She is president of the Community Service Club and the Hiking and Foraging Club, and serves on the Student Senate and the SMCC Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society while maintaining a near-perfect GPA.

Hanvey is also a Certified Behavioral Health Professional and spends 20-40 hours a week working with children who have behavioral health issues. She plans to graduate from SMCC next spring and continue her studies with the goal of embarking on a career preserving the natural habitats of animals that live in endangered areas.

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Graça Muzela, Washington County Community College

Muzela, of Auburn, is enrolled in WCCC’s residential and commercial electrical program. Muzela, originally from Angola, is an active volunteer, providing advice to public agencies on culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging around COVID-19 for immigrants, refugees and BIPOC communities, and delivering food and providing transportation. school-aged children.

At WCCC, he works as a resident assistant. He plans to earn his journeyman electrician’s license and possibly transfer to the University of Maine to earn a degree in electrical engineering.

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Julia Noel, Central Maine Community College

Noel, from Sabattus, is enrolled in the CMCC’s Early Childhood Education program. She is a member of the college women’s soccer team and a volunteer with Andro United, a youth indoor soccer program in Lewiston.

When not playing soccer, Noel is a Resident Assistant and is committed to improving the residential experience for students at CMCC. She is an academic mentor for the young players on the soccer team and helps organize the team’s involvement in the community.

She plans to graduate in May and pursue a career teaching kindergarten children.

Rebecca Peters, Community College of Eastern Maine

Peters, of Lincoln, is enrolled in EMCC’s criminal justice program. She completed the Phase I and II programs at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, while taking courses at EMCC. She earned her police officer certification in Maine two months before graduating from EMCC and was sworn in as a full-time police officer with the Lincoln Police Department in February.

She is completing field officer training and will eventually complete basic law enforcement training at the MCJA.

Tyler Sar, York County Community College

Sar, from Sanford, is enrolled in the YCCC Criminal Justice Program. A first-generation student, he was named top of his class at Maine Criminal Justice Corrections Academy.

With his degree in criminal justice from the YCCC and the successful completion of his academic training, Sar was hired as a correctional officer with the York County Sheriff’s Department. He said he wants to make a difference in people’s lives and hopes to work with offenders to reduce recidivism and the negative impact incarceration can have on a person’s life.

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Kristin Wallaker, Kennebec Valley Community College

Wallaker, of New Portland, is enrolled in KVCC’s electrical technology program. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and last year was part of the All-Maine Academic Team and was honored as Maine’s New Century Scholar.

Wallaker said she’s learning the skills to pursue many opportunities in a high-demand, high-paying field, whether it’s opening her own business or joining a company. She is employed by RLC Engineering as a protection and control designer and plans to return to KVCC part-time to continue her studies in business.

Students were selected by their college faculty and staff for their academic achievement and their involvement on campus and in the community. In addition to being named Student of the Year, each student received a John and Jana Lapoint Leadership Award of $1,000.

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