Accepts Inaugural Award Designated for Community College Students; Recently Won SUNY Chancellor’s Award

PHOTO: Nathanael LintonMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Less than a week after accepting the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon community college students in New York, SUNY Orange student Nathanael Linton was presented with the inaugural Northeast Regional Honors Council community college “Student of the Year” award.

Linton accepted the NRHC award during the council’s annual conference held April 7-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa. He attended the conference as one of six students from SUNY Orange on hand to deliver research papers and presentations. On Wednesday, April 5, Linton was among three SUNY Orange students who accepted their Chancellor’s Award in Albany.

In her letter nominating Linton for the NRHC award, Elaine Torda, SUNY Orange Honors Program coordinator, wrote that Linton has “strong analytical skills, interest in many topics, the ability to listen and truly process what is being said, and the willingness to work hard to succeed. He truly understands and appreciates the importance of education, hard work and giving back. He is a student with a great deal of potential who will represent the meaning of the award and serve as a leader for those who follow.”

Linton, of Middletown, has been awarded the College’s Presidents’ Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement. He is a second-year Honors Program student who will graduate in May with a liberal arts degree with a focus in political science. Linton serves as the student representative to the SUNY Orange Foundation Board of Directors and holds a seat on the College’s Honors Advisory Board. He serves as an Honors Program mentor and has twice been selected to represent SUNY Orange at the Northeast Regional Honors Council conference.

During his free time, Linton has volunteered at the Warwick Food Pantry during the holiday season and is active in the Eternal Life Tabernacle Apostolic Mission, where his father David is the pastor. He teaches Sunday School and plays keyboard with the choir.

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