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NSLS Members in the News

MAY 2021

Each month, we'll share highlights of NSLS members' accomplishments, and we hope you will find their stories as inspirational as we do.

Our mission at the NSLS is Building Leaders Who Make a Better World. Nationwide, our members participate in social events, volunteer for charities, and take part in a wide range of community service initiatives. Additionally, upon graduation and entering the workforce, members apply the interpersonal skills they've acquired to start businesses, pursue promotions, and continue applying what they learned as NSLS members!

NSLS Member Receives Spark Award

Aitina Fareed-Cooke is a recent recipient of "The Spark Awards'' which celebrates and recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations from across the Western New York arts community. This year’s ceremony occurred on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 in acknowledgement of students’ exceptional dedication, talent, and impact on the arts and cultural sector.

Fareed-Cooke received her Associates degree in Arts & Humanities at Erie Community College (2009), Bachelor Arts degree in English (2012) and Masters in Science & Education with a focus in Educational Technology (2016) at Buffalo State. She commits her time to various non-profit organizations in Buffalo NY where she has also developed and managed high-quality creative arts programs.

Read the full story from Buffalo Rising>>


BCC Student Participates in Student Achievement Virtual Showcase

NASA Fellow and Brookdale Community College student Ashley Castillo Gutierez recently participated in the Student Achievement Virtual Showcase. The highly anticipated event features NASA fellows presenting their research projects and highlighting their prowess in areas of math and biology. Gutierez joins seven other fellows who will each receive $2,500 towards their fellowship and an additional $225 to support some of their research expenses.

Mentored by Exelon Nuclear Engineer Doran Declan and Professor Eric Goll from Brookdale’s chemistry department, Ashley will be graduating in the fall of 2021 with an associate degree in mathematics and biology.

Read the full story from Brookdale College >>


NC Community College Transfer Admitted to ECU Honors College

Joshua Furlough will be among the first North Carolina community college transfers admitted to East Carolina University’s Honors College this fall. The announcement was made this month as Furlough, a Pitt Community College student, was named as one of ten Centennial Fellows. As part of his fellowship Joshua will receive a scholarship valued at $1,250 per semester for five semesters at ECU. He will also enjoy the benefits of Honors College participation, including membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Read the full story at American Town >>


NSLS Member Selected as MWSU Honorable Commencement Speaker

Missouri Western State University student Briana Reed has been selected to represent her graduating class as their honorable commencement speaker. The exemplary student has had a successful academic career in her Journalism studies, but she admits she initially had no interest in attending her beloved school. In a recent interview with Griffon News, Reed shares her dreams for the future and highlights the journey that led her to enroll at Missouri Western.

Read the full story at Griffon News >>


Entrepreneur of Cyber Boy Corp Receives Recognition

University of Phoenix student Sr. Roy Andrade is successful in academia but also in business. The driven entrepreneur is the proud owner and CTO of Cyber Boy Corp —the #1 game production technology company based in Beverly Hills, CA. Andrade was nominated to join The National Society of Leadership and Success in 2020 by Dr. Rich Schultz of the University of Phoenix.

With a strong work ethic and passion for technology, Andrade admits to an unwavering dedication to success. When asked in a recent interview, “What you do for entertainment,” he said, “I work.”

Read the full story at the South Florida Reporter >>


Other NSLS Members Receiving Recognition:

Riana Willsie, Fashion student at Middlesex Community College has been named to the All-Mass Academic team. Full story >>

Peyton Halverson, a Valley City State University senior from Cando, N.D., graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree after double-majoring in health science and chemistry. Full story >> 

Allyson Irwin, of Wheelersburg, Ohio, has been named a 2021 Distinguished Senior by the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at The Ohio State University. Full story >>

Sam Zimmerman, an English major at The College of Saint Rose, is graduating at the end of this semester and will pursue her Master of Arts in English. Full story >>

NSLS members are among Spring 2021 graduates recognized in a virtual celebration by Tallahassee Community College. Full story >> 

NSLS member Knuutila-Clark from Niagara County Community College is one of three students named to receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award. Full story >>