The Leaders of the Pack
Joshua Johannes, Matthew Futia, and Grace Kelly have been honored with the College's most prestigious student awards.
As the Class of 2018 prepares for its Commencement ceremonies, to be held May 11 and 12, three of its finest students have been recognized for their achievements in the classroom and well beyond.
President’s Citation Award:
The College’s highest award for a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding scholastic merit (a GPA of at least 3.75), a strong record of cocurricular activities, significant contributions to the College and community, and evidence of professional promise.
Joshua Johannes is completing a double major in accounting and finance, with a 3.85 GPA. A member of the Honors College, he coordinates its Peer Mentor program and is currently working on his senior thesis project, Managing Millennial Accountants. He serves as student assistant to the associate director in the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities and is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, the Joint Budget and Planning Committee, the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, and Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society. Joshua has received numerous scholarships, including the Roy and Helen Doody Scholarship, the Eric M. Steel Scholarship, the Rochester Kiwanis Club Scholarship, the Allen V. Upton Scholarship, the Cassidy Ball Scholarship, and a four-year scholarship from the Brockport Alumni Association. This fall, he will begin work as a full-time staff accountant at Davie Kaplan, CPAs.
“The College has offered countless opportunities to get involved and grow academically and personally during my four years on campus; and for a social, number-loving student such as myself, I couldn’t help myself from trying to grab onto each opportunity I could.”
– Joshua Johannes
Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award:
Recognizes an exceptional graduate student with a record of outstanding academic work and scholarship. To be considered for the award, a nominee must be a graduating master’s level student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 and outstanding scholarship or creative activity in their field of study.
Matthew Futia is completing a combined BS/MS in environmental science and ecology. Holding a 3.93 GPA, he has previously been recognized with the Departmental Scholar award and with the Scholar Athlete Award for the men’s swimming and diving team, for whom he currently volunteers as assistant coach. In April, he received the School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Outstanding Achievement Award. He has been inducted into Alpha Chi, the National College Honor Society; and Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. His research focuses on causes of, impacts of, and treatments for vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency in Lake Ontario salmon and trout, and on the impacts of the consumption of various prey fishes on lake trout fatty acid and thiamine concentrations. He plans to earn a PhD and work in academia, so that he can continue to conduct research and help educate others.
“Brockport is filled with students defined by their lively imagination and passionate curiosity, as well as their impressive accomplishments that deserve much appreciation and make this award an incredible honor.”
– Matthew Futia
Marion Schrank Student Leadership Award:
The College’s highest leadership honor, presented to a student who exemplifies integrity and civility. The recipient is selected on the basis of scholarly achievement, exemplary leadership, dedicated involvement in campus organizations and engaged learning, and a commitment to the creation of an inclusive Brockport community.
Grace Kelly will graduate in December with a degree in history and certification in childhood inclusive education. She has earned a GPA of 3.97 while maintaining a high level of engagement across campus. Among many other roles, she has served as a peer mentor in the Academic Success Center, a student support intern in the Office for Students with Disabilities, activities coordinator for Brockport Student Government, and co-chair of the Golden Eagle Senior Council. She has completed three years of the Leadership Development Program, presented at the College’s Diversity Conference, and volunteered at a school in Honduras four years in a row. For her work as a resident assistant, she was named Rookie of the Year by the Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities. She looks forward to working as a teacher who creates a learning environment that is equitable and inclusive for all students.
“I thank the College community for providing me with the opportunity to grow and challenge others around me. Brockport has equipped me with the leadership skills to positively impact my communities, whether big or small, in hopes of a more just society.”
– Grace Kelly