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Two Senior Students Honored with 2024 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence

Two SUNY Cobleskill seniors, Jesse Magno and Lakeisha Wright, have been honored with 2024 Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence (CASE) as part of SUNY’s annual student recognition showcase on April 11. The CASE Awards are the highest honor awarded to SUNY students who have best demonstrated academic excellence and leadership.

Throughout the past several years, Jessie Magno (New Hartford, NY) has showcased an unwavering dedication and enthusiasm in her roles at the campus library and within SUNY Cobleskill’s Honors program. Her commitment to assisting students at the library desk with a warm smile has been a constant source of positivity for our campus community. Jessie’s Honors projects, particularly her work with the Jefferson Historical Society and Old Jefferson Cemetery, demonstrate her proactive approach to using her talent and skills to improve society. Her participation in wildlife conferences and the many recognitions of her academic achievements underscore her exceptional contributions to her field.

Lakeisha Wright (Bronx, NY) has maintained an exceptional G.P.A. of 3.85 while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communication in Technology with a minor in English Writing. She serves her campus in pivotal roles such as Senior Resident Assistant, Sustainability Student Assistant, and Student Ambassador, showcasing her commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive campus environment. Lakeisha has been involved in community service initiatives with the Liberty Partnership Program and Cobleskill Village Debris Collector, embodying SUNY’s values of civic engagement and social responsibility. Additionally, she demonstrates a passion for student advocacy and campus engagement, serving as a Student Representative on various campus leadership committees.

“In witnessing the remarkable achievements of Jessie and Lakeisha during their time here at SUNY Cobleskill, one cannot help but be impressed by the breadth of their contributions,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion Terenzio. “They are shining examples of the preparedness that today’s students possess to confront the pressing issues facing our communities and environment. Jessie’s proactive engagement with history and society and Lakeisha’s dedication to fostering an inclusive campus reflect the spirit of engaged citizenship we strive for at this college.”

“There is a place at SUNY for every New Yorker, and each year we come together to herald and celebrate the achievements of a diverse group of some of SUNY’s most accomplished students,” said SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. King. “This year’s winners include first-generation students, researchers, a single mother and grandmother, a cancer survivor, international students hailing from over 16 nations, athletes, and a student who worked with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center—among so many more with inspiring stories of excellence in the classroom and beyond. It is my honor to celebrate the achievements of the nearly 200 CASE awardees as they inspire others and illustrate what is possible with a SUNY education.”

Systemwide, 193 students from 62 SUNY campuses were honored.



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