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Recognition dinner honors student standouts at Terra State

Terra State Community College honored its best and brightest students at the third annual Student Recognition Dinner on April 22.

“Next to commencement, this is my favorite event of the year,” said Associate Dean Heath Martin, who oversees the Office of Student Activities. “This year’s group of student nominees was exceptional, which made it difficult for the committee to pick overall winners, but that’s the way we want it.”

The following students took top honors:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brian Shultz of Pemberville
• Student Employee of the Year: Patricia Lewis-Lee of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Phi Theta Kappa

Commencement Awards:

Perseverance Award: Pam Aldrich of Clyde and Heather Cooper of Fremont
Community Service Award: Michele Upton of Bellevue
Commencement Speaker: Patti Ollom of Fremont
All-Ohio Academic Team:Shawn Boller of Mount Gilead and Josh Thacker of Tiffin

Others nominated for the various awards were:

•Rotary Student of the Year: Brandon Beining of Fostoria, Meghan Rich of Fremont, Patricia Hartman of Fostoria, Michele Upton of Bellevue, Michael Geronimo of Toledo, Morgan Salyer of Bellevue and Leslie Gerwin of Gibsonburg.
• Student Employee of the Year: Kearstin Mathias, Rachel Humberger and Ashleigh Kosanka, all of Fremont
• Student Club or Organization of the Year: Student Nurses Association and Medical Assisting Association
• All-Ohio Academic: Morgan Salyer
• Perseverance Award: Tiffany Kiesel of Tiffin, Robert Pocock of Clyde, Matthew Sallee of Tiffin, Connie Menard of Clyde and Heather Cooper.
• Community Service Award: AnnMarie DeTray of Oak Harbor
• Commencement Speaker: Arica Pfirsch of Sandusky, Shannon Hartzell of Tiffin, Shawn Boller and John Jadwisiak of Port Clinton.

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STEAM at Terra State

Two boys test their skill in the MaKey MaKey-inspired game developed by students in the Computer Information Systems capstone class.

The Student Activities Center at Terra State was filled with interactive displays in what organizers called, “Explore the World of STEAM,” which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The event attracted about 100 children from preschool through middle school. They experienced hands-on activities involving rockets, airplanes, computer technologies, art, math and science.

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