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Canajoharie resident given Chancellor’s award

HERKIMER — Three Herkimer County Community College students have received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (CASE).

Carynn Bohley, of Salem; Kaitlyn Jenks, of Canajoharie; and Taylor Listovitch, of Ilion were among the CASE honorees for 2021. The award recognizes students for outstanding achievements that have demonstrated the integration of SUNY excellence in areas such as academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service, or the arts. All three students will graduate in May 2021.

Kaityln Jenks, a communication and media studies student, was named to the President’s List all four semesters while attending Herkimer College and furthered her education by taking courses over the winter and summer terms. She serves as vice president of chapter growth for Herkimer College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. Jenks led the chapter’s 2020 Honors in Action project, where students researched various aspects of COVID-19 safety guidelines and developed informative posters and social media graphics to combat misinformation about the virus. They also held a mask drive and provided custom reusable masks to approximately 100 students. Jenks is also a senator in the College’s Student Government Association, a peer tutor in the Academic Support Center, and an editor for both The General and Phaethon.

Jenks volunteers with The Shadow Project, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that aims to make school more accessible and engaging for young students with learning disabilities. In her role with the group, Jenks ensures students receive their incentive awards for reaching specified academic and learning goals, and she assists the communications department with creative outreach and innovation initiatives.

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