Two NCCC students earn highest SUNY honor

SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College students Epril Nossent and Melody Blackmore have received the New York state Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, NCCC President Steve Tyrell announced recently.

The award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York and recognizes those who have best demonstrated the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, or career achievement.

Nossent is the daughter of Hans Nossent and Kathleen Verzijlenberg of Tromso, Norway. This month she will earn her Associate of Science degree in math and science. She represents the college as a student ambassador, promoting the college experience to students, families and the community. In addition, she is the captain of the women’s soccer team and recipient of the college’s Science Award for Outstanding Achievement. She volunteers her time with athletic department programs including Kids Night Out, Summer Soccer Camp and the Recreational Youth Soccer League. She also is the videographer during college sporting events.

Blackmore is the daughter of Carol Blackmore and the granddaughter of Ray and Dicki Jenkins of Indian Carry. Graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in massage therapy, she currently serves as the college’s student trustee on the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the NCCC Association Board, college Senate, Technology Advisory Board and the Long Range Planning and Budget Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Environmental and Massage clubs. Recognized for her academic excellence, she is the recipient of the Massage Therapy Award and Science Award for Outstanding Achievement.

“All of us at North Country are very proud of Epril and Melody,” Tyrell said in a press release. “To be recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is an incredible honor, and it’s a great testament to not only their achievements during their time at NCCC, but their incredible grasp of civic responsibilities within our communities,”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher honored the recipients of this award at a formal ceremony in April.