Three SUNY Delhi Students Receive 2021 Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Three SUNY Delhi Students Receive 2021 Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Three exceptional SUNY Delhi students have received the prestigious 2021 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the State University of New York (SUNY). Demeire Banks-Price, Seth Bywater, and Sarah Krzyston were among an elite group of students to be recognized with the award, honoring students who have best demonstrated their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives including leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service, or creative and performing arts.

"You have shown incredible determination, character, and leadership during what has been a tremendously difficult year," said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras, addressing award recipients in a virtual ceremony. "I am honored and proud to be celebrating you today, though it be virtual, with your families, your friends, and your campus communities. Never doubt that you have us in your corner, cheering you on from near and far. On behalf of the entire State University of New York, I congratulate you on all your impressive achievements, and wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors. I can't wait to see what you accomplish next."

"Demeire, Seth, and Sarah have shown dedication, talent, and excellence in all their endeavors and are well-deserving of this recognition," said SUNY Delhi President Michael R. Laliberte. "They have each made a positive impact on campus, and I am proud of their accomplishments. They have what it takes to succeed far beyond SUNY Delhi."

Demeire Banks-Price of Far Rockaway, NY, is graduating with an associate degree in integrated energy systems. Associate Professor Nick Sinstack describes Banks-Price as "an exemplary student who consistently performs at the highest level in class and demonstrates great character." Banks-Price has been an active member of the campus, serving as President of the National Electrical Contractors Association student club and leading his peers in many community service and fundraising efforts. Banks-Price has also worked as a resident assistant and is known for going above and beyond to make a positive impact on campus.

Seth Bywater of Cornwall, NY, is graduating with an associate degree in mechatronics design. Throughout his studies in this rigorous program, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA while also excelling in honors courses. According to Instructor Dennis Aikens, Bywater is a "phenomenal, highly disciplined student whose accomplishments go beyond the classroom as a tireless volunteer for the campus and community." Bywater is also an All-American student athlete in cross-country and track and field. He serves as President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and is known as a valued teammate and leader.

Sarah Krzyston of Delhi, NY, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. An honors student, she has made the Dean's list throughout her studies. Krzyston is characterized by Assistant Professor Simon Purdy as "an outstanding student who demonstrates academic excellence, research abilities, and insights that are mature beyond her years." Krzyston has tackled research projects outside the classroom, including serving on a local policing reform committee. Krzyston is also a USCAA national all-academic tennis player and the recipient of the scholar athlete award and coach's award.

Headshot of three student Chancellor's Award recipients