JAMESTOWN – A SUNY JCC student is among 213 students being honored with the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award of Student Excellence for academic achievement, leadership, and community service this year.
Joana Leamon, of Silver Creek, graduated with an associate’s degree in communication from JCC in December. Leamon is also earning an associate’s degree in media arts and a certificate in multimedia production in May. She attained dean’s list status every semester and also completed JCC’s honors program.
Leamon served as vice president of the JCC’s Alpha Kappa Beta Honor Society and as a peer mentor. She was named to the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team and was a JCC Scholars Day 2019 winner.
During her time at JCC, Leamon completed internships with JCC’s marketing department, Patterson Library’s Octagon Gallery in Westfield, and the Oliver Archives Center at Chautauqua Institution. She was a presenter during the “Five More Giants of Chautauqua” heritage lecture series in 2019.
Leamon has volunteered at JCC’s Jamestown Campus and North County Center, JCC’s Weeks Gallery, and Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church.
Leamon is transferring to Buffalo State College this fall to major in media production and plans to pursue a career in the media industry, focusing on documentary filmmaking or broadcasting.
Although recipients are typically recognized in person in Albany, the ceremony was curtailed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are forwarded to the Chancellor’s office for a second round of review. Finalists are recommended to the chancellor to become recipients of the award.