SUNY Cobleskill Honors 2023 Excellence in Student Leadership Awards Recipients

Each year, SUNY Cobleskill honors the leadership qualities and accomplishments of standout students through its Excellence in Student Leadership Awards. 34 students received recognition at the awards ceremony on March 30. The honors are governed by the Office of the Vice President for Student Development, and winners are selected by an interdepartmental committee of faculty and staff.

“Our student leaders have played a pivotal role in shaping the campus experience for their fellow students. Through their tireless efforts, they have created an inclusive and supportive environment that encourages personal growth, intellectual curiosity, and social engagement. They have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to making our college a better place for everyone, and we are truly grateful for their contributions. Their passion and commitment inspire each of us to take on leadership roles in our own lives, whether that be in our academic pursuits, extracurricular activities, or personal relationships,” said Dr. Anne Hopkins Gross, Vice President for Student Development.



Student Leader of the Year Award

This award recognizes the student who represents the highest level of student leadership. This student makes extraordinary contributions to the College, mentorsfuture leaders, leads a range of campus activities, and demonstrates exceptional service to others and within the community. The breadth and depth of the student’s actions have significant College-wide impact.

2023 Recipient: Kelsey Bowers

Senior Kelsey Bowers serves in numerous roles throughout campus, including President of the “It’s On Us” chapter, mentor for sustainability, mentor for the Second Opportunity at Success (SOS) program, Conduct Review Board member, Orientation Leader, Campus Engagement Leader, Multicultural Educator in the new Unity Center, Resident Assistant, Senior Resident Assistant, and Animal Science Teaching Assistant. We look forward to hearing about her journey and the impact she will create in all her future endeavors. 



Distinguished Student Leadership Award 

This award recognizes students with distinguished service or achievement that significantly benefits the student body or the college as a whole. These students exhibit a pattern of exemplary service over their years at SUNY Cobleskill and exceed the normal duties of any positions they may hold. Award categories include Cultural Competence, Community Engagement and Service, Health, Safety and Wellness, Athletics, Peer Education, Programming, Student Governance, and Student Organization involvement.  


2023 Recipient: Brooke Billinghurst

Brooke Billinghurst is a dedicated, hard-working, and very community-orientated student. Her leadership roles as Vice President for the Ag Business Club, President of Sigma Alpha Sorority, coordinator of Admissions Ambassadors, and an Orientation Leader have shown her dedication to SUNY Cobleskill and to fostering an inclusive environment on campus. In her spare time, she volunteers to promote agricultural literacy.  These roles and experiences have distinguished her as an individual who takes pride in showcasing all that prospective and current students can accomplish at this college.


2023 Recipient: Jesse Ferri

As a selfless leader, Jesse Ferri is heavily involved on campus. From his first day as a Resident Assistant, you could find him helping students. He supports the campus community through the Campus Engagement Board, as an Orientation Leader, a CAS Board Member, working with ITS, serving as a Senior Resident Assistant, and having a unique leadership position as the COBY Engage intern. Though many would struggle with these responsibilities, Jesse not only performs at an exceptionally proficient rate, but he also does it with smile, knowing that his actions will benefit the community as a whole. 




Emerging Student Leader Award 

This award recognizes emerging student leaders who assume active and sustained leadership roles in campus organizations or initiatives that enrich student life and the campus community. These students set themselves apart from other students and aspire to be successful in all they do.

2023 Recipient: Cristian Gilces

Cristian lives our values here at SUNY Cobleskill and is clearly devoted to agriculture and being a leader. His leadership roles in FFA during high school and in college have been outstanding. As a first-year student, he became Treasurer of the Student Government Association and his job as an Academic Peer Advocate gave him the leadership skills and responsibility to open doors for others, welcoming all into our community. He is excited to continue his education, his advocacy, and leadership on agricultural topics. These are just a few of the many ways in which he is proving that he is an “emerging” leader in the agricultural field.


2023 Recipient: Daniel Moore

Daniel has made a great impact in his short time here as a student. He has been a Campus Engagement Leader since the Fall 2022 semester and his strong influence, maturity, and soft touch quickly led him to become President of the Campus Engagement Board. He is always including others and making them feel valued and appreciated. Daniel also became the Vice Noble Ruler of Alpha Gamma Rho. His leadership and desire led to him creating scholarships for new members. He is engaging with students inside or outside the classroom, always willing to take on responsibilities to further his leadership opportunities. 




Agent of Change Award  

This award recognizes a student who has shown dedication in promoting and facilitating the positive efforts of diversity and inclusion at SUNY Cobleskill. The award recipient demonstrates a passion for improving the community toward a better understanding of how we are all connected while also appreciating and valuing differences.  

2023 Recipient: Kim Getfield

A senior, Kim Getfield serves on the campus-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She joined the Student Government Association as the DEI representative and is creating a new organization on campus, the New York Civil Liberties Union campus branch, which promotes, lobbies, and advocates for underrepresented populations. Kim is an educator who challenges the status quo to ensure a better experience for all members of the campus community, as evidenced in her dialogue with the Chancellor, during his recent visit.



2023 Recipient: Jasmine Guerrero

Jasmine has helped the campus move forward in the realm of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in an impactful way. She started her leadership journey here at SUNY Cobleskill through the role of Peer Educator in the Wellness Center. As a Peer Educator, Jasmine acted as a strong advocate for mental, emotional, and physical health for the student population. She is a member of various clubs, including the Pre-Vet Club, the Society for Conservation Biology, and served as Public Relations Officer for the SUNY Cobleskill Block and Bridle Chapter. Jasmine has continued making an impact as one of the students leading efforts to create a Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter here at SUNY Cobleskill. 




Perseverance Award 

This award recognizes students who have experienced paramount challenges in pursuit of their academic goals and success at SUNY Cobleskill. Through their presence on campus and relentless efforts, these students embraced the idea of never giving up. Despite adversity, these award recipients demonstrate consistent courage, resilience, and perseverance to not only achieve their own goals but inspire the campus community.  


2023 Recipient: Trinae Colley

Trinae has worked tirelessly in pursuit of her education, but also to engage and inspire her fellow students. Despite encountering challenges in her life, Trinae persevered and excelled academically. She has been Resident Assistant since Fall 2019, was one of the first students to become a Multicultural Educator in the Unity Center, is a Campus Engagement Leader, and has taken part in numerous community service opportunities. 



2023 Recipient: Kevin Trevil

Kevin Trevil is a student-athlete who truly puts “we before me.” He shows up every single day to be a mentor and a leader while continuing not only to make the team better, but the entire campus community through of his commitment, his enthusiasm, and his ability to persevere for those around him. 






Excellence in Student Leadership Award 

This award recognizes students who demonstrate the positive attributes of student leadership. They meaningfully contribute to the enrichment of student life and the campus community, and maintain sustained involvement in campus life through activities, clubs, organizations, service, athletics, and/or program development. 

2023 Recipients:

Bryanna Arnold | David Barkevich | Anais Camacho | Trinae Colley | Lorelei Davis | Mikaela De La Cruz | Owen Dorman | Sierra Duncan | Jordan Finch | Samantha Grant | Jasmine Guerrero | Kylin Hemmings | YouShan Li | Jessie Magno | Kaitlyn Marcinko | Taylor Meacham | Andrew Melendez | Peyton Patota | Philip Rea | Hannah Richards | Kate Riordan | Brendan Scoralick | Lisa Starikov | Jennifer Swyers | MaKenna Thisse | Kevin Trevil | Annalisa Winkleman | Lakeisha Wright 




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