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Atlantic Cape’s Center for Student Success Celebrates Student Achievements at Graduate Awards Ceremony

05/09/2023 | Media Contact: David Zuba, Public Relations Manager and Copywriter | (609) 343-4933
Center for Student Success Graduate Awards Ceremony in the Walter E Edge Theatre on May 5 2023

MAYS LANDING — Atlantic Cape Community College’s Center for Student Success recognized 36 graduating students for their outstanding academic achievement, as well as, a faculty and staff member for their unsung dedication this school year during the Annual Graduate Awards Ceremony on May 5 in the Walter E. Edge Theatre on the Mays Landing campus.

Senior Director for the Center for Student Success Stacey Zacharoff addresses the crowd“This is our opportunity to acknowledge graduating students that have participated in the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program, the Center for Accessibility, NJ STARS, Student Support Services, veterans and any military-related students as well,” Center for Student Success Senior Director Stacey Zacharoff said. “Members of the Center for Student Success staff and the Center for Accessibility are some of the hardest working staff members here at Atlantic Cape and it is because of what they do that we are able to help our graduates and future graduates to be successful.”

The ceremony began with students receiving a certificate signifying their academic achievements. Nearly a dozen of the students bestowed upon a college faculty or staff member an “Extra Mile Award” for going above and beyond to help them succeed along the way.

Atlantic Cape staff members announced the award winners in the following categories:

Receiving the Extra Mile AwardCounselor’s Awards:

Katelinne Latimer (Student Support Services)

Nathaniel Sanders (Veterans)

Nah’Zeer M. Dobson (Center for Accessibility)

Nada M. Nasr (NJSTARS)

Tyrese Mack (Men of Atlantic Cape)

In Memory of Juan Alvarez Award:

Taylor A. Stueber (Student Support Services)

Addressing the crowd at the CSS Graduate Awards CeremonyDirector’s Awards (3.0-3.49 GPA):

Zachery Jimenez (Educational Opportunity Fund)

Aali’yah Callaway (Center for Accessibility)

Paige Mackenzie Riess (Center for Accessibility)

Michael Prine (Veterans)

Shayna Achamizo (Student Support Services)

Jonathan Cosme-Almeida (Men of Atlantic Cape)

Leah Grace Sakhan (NJSTARS)

Outstanding Academic Achiever Awards (3.5 GPA or higher):

Darlene Plank (Veterans)

Gardenia Cervantes (Student Support Services)

Christian Gonzalez (Educational Opportunity Fund)

Paige Mackenzie Riess (Center for Accessibility)

Heather Harding (NJSTARS)

Receiving the Paula Stewart Davis Award for faculty was Physics and Chemistry Professor John Stratton, while Specialist Valerie Warren won for supporting professional staff unsung hero. The awards are named after Stewart Davis, a former Atlantic Cape retired Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

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About Atlantic Cape Community College

Atlantic Cape is a comprehensive two-year community college serving the residents of Atlantic and Cape May counties. The college offers over 40 career, transfer and workforce development programs to more than 8,000 students annually at three campuses in New Jersey: Atlantic City, Cape May Court House and Mays Landing.