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North Creek student named NCCC Chancellor's Award winner

Paul Allison and Todd Truscott, North Country Community College students, have been selected as recipients of the State University of New York's Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Each year SUNY honors students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts. Paul Allison is completing his associates degree in Wilderness Recreation Leadership. He is from North Creek and is the son of Sam and Sue Allison. Assistant Professor and Wilderness Recreation Leadership Director Stefanie Kearns described Allison as someone who embodies the qualities celebrated by Chancellor's Award recipients. As a student athlete, outdoor leader, scholar and community member, Allison consistently pushes himself to reach high levels of achievement. In December, he was instrumental in executing a helicopter evacuation from Dix Wilderness by acting as a "runner" to notify NYSDEC Rangers about an emergency. North Country Community College's President Dr. Gail Rogers Rice offered her support: "This award, based on academic excellence and the combination of various aspects of college life, acknowledges the attributes they have demonstrated. The Chancellor's commendation is the highest of praise for any student attending the State University of New York. The faculty, staff and peer students at North Country are very proud that they have been selected for this high honor." For more information on North Country Community College, visit www.nccc.edu or call 1-888-879-6222. Olivia Svrcheck, a senior at Johnsburg Central School in North Creek, has been named a Henry Wells Scholar at Wells College. Scholars are high school students with a 90 percent cumulative grade point average and 1150 or higher in the SATs. They are awarded $3,000 to fund an experiential learning opportunity while studying at Wells College. Michael E. Corey of Minerva received a graduate honors award from The College of St. Rose. He is pursuing a degree in school counseling.

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