Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:36am

JCC students Courtney Aldrich of Scio and Leah Ratterman of Springville were among 256 State University of New York students honored recently with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence for their academic achievement, leadership, and community service.

"It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of students who have surpassed SUNY’s highest standards of academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Every student we recognize has demonstrated a strong commitment to their degree program, home campus, greater community, and more.”

Both of JCC’s honorees are members of Phi Theta Kappa and will graduate in May.

Aldrich will graduate with an associate’s degree in individual studies. She serves as vice president of Student Senate and chair of Club Council and the Student Senate’s programming committee. Her Student Senate service includes other leadership responsibilities as an officer and committee chair.

Aldrich, a resident assistant in JCC’s residence halls, is also a member of the State University of New York Student Assembly’s campus safety committee.

She is a videography and promotions intern with the Jamestown Jackals, a not-for-profit professional basketball team.

Ratterman, who will graduate with an associate’s degree from the occupational therapy assistant program, is an officer in JCC’s Student Occupational Therapy Association. She plans to become an occupational therapist.

She has been named to JCC’s dean’s list each semester and serves as a peer mentor. Ratterman is also a student representative on the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching committee.

Ratterman, recipient of the Varmee Professional Health Scholarship, has participated in the OTA Mentor Program and in initiatives sponsored through the Chautauqua Blind Association, Chautauqua County Department of Health, Salvation Army, and Mental Health Association of Jamestown.

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