Simsbury Resident Honored at Annual College Academic Day

Students recognized for merit and scholastic achievements

A Simsbury resident was one of many state students to be recognized for their academic achievements on Wednesday.

Alexandria Gary, of Simsbury, a Liberal Arts and Science major at Tunxis Community College was one of 21 students, each representing a campus of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, who were honored by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 15th Annual College Academic Day celebration at the State Capitol. Students are selected by their school leaders based on merit and scholastic achievement and extra-curricular involvement. 

Each year on College Academic Day, state lawmakers honor outstanding students from each of Connecticut’s public and private universities. “I’ve been continually impressed by the caliber of the students on each and every ConnSCU campus,” said Robert A. Kennedy, President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs the ConnSCU campuses. “I believe they are among the best and brightest in the state, and it’s wonderful to have them recognized with their peers as such. I congratulate our schools’ winners, and wish them the very best.”

The students received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, were formally introduced during session and were honored at a State Capitol reception. Sponsors of the event include State Representatives Richard F. Roy (119th District), Pamela Z. Sawyer (55th District, and Roberta B. Willis (64th District).

"Academic Day Honorees represent the best and the brightest in all of Connecticut’s colleges and Universities. Each year we take the time to shine a light on the message that student honorees of Academic Day will be Connecticut’s future leaders." Rep. Roy said.

The College Academic Day honorees from the 17 ConnSCU campuses include:

Asnuntuck Community College

  • Michael Andrew Oney, Windsor Locks
    Major: Communications and Broadcasting

Capital Community College

  • Jennie Nazario, New Britain
    Major: Nursing

Central Connecticut State University

  • Benjamin Ho Kyung Harvey, East Hartford
    Major: Criminology
  • Samantha Elizabeth Cool, Naugatuck
    Majors: Education and History

Charter Oak State College

  • Warren H. Hyatt, Milford

Major: Public Safety Administration

Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Colton Wayne Alexander, Willimantic

Major: Mathematics with Physics Minor

  • Lauren Ann Biatowas, Shelton

Major: English with Secondary Education Concentration

Gateway Community College

  • Giovanna Velazquez, Branford

Major: Nursing

Housatonic Community College

  • Natasha Jones, Bridgeport

Major: Business Management

Manchester Community College

  • Jesse Ryan Parrott, Manchester

Major: Liberal Arts and Science

Middlesex Community College

  • Erica Celso, New Haven

Major: Accounting and Business Administration

Naugatuck Valley Community College

  • Sarah Anne Miller, Naugatuck

Major: Behavioral Sciences

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

  • Mika Gauger, Winsted

Major: Liberal Arts and Science

Norwalk Community College

  • Rachael Lederman, Norwalk

Major: Legal Assistant

Quinebaug Valley Community College

  • Kevin Davis, Putnam

Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Southern Connecticut State University

  • Melanie A. Guillerault, Enfield

Double Major: Elementary Education/Psychology

  • Jonathon Uhl, Beacon Falls

Major: Chemistry

Three Rivers Community College

  • Kendra Clark-Keen, New London
    Major: Nursing

Tunxis Community College

  • Alexandria Gary, Simsbury
    Major: Liberal Arts & Sciences

Western Connecticut State University

  • Phanuel A. Mariano, Waterbury

Major: Mathematics with Finance Minor

  • Sanya Ith, Danbury

Double Major: Financial Accounting/Finance


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