Students Receive Top Honours for Achievements at College
Windsor, Ontario - Congratulations to the winners of this year's graduation medals! These medals are the highest honour that the College can bestow on outstanding students.

This year's winners are:

President's Medal (Windsor):
Miranda Underwood, Public Relations

Governor General's Medal:
Pawel Borkulak, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Board of Governors' Medal:
Salsabeel Ouerfelli, Business Administration – Human Resources

Student Leadership Medal:
Mitali Kapadia, Business Administration – Human Resources

President's Medal (Chatham):
Audrey Ann Van der Zon, Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapist Assistant

These graduates were acknowledged at last week's Academic Banquets.

Here are some brief bios on the award winners:

Miranda Underwood has been extremely active with college activities, events and benefits. She has organized and participated in many different charitable events both on and off campus, including events for the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor Goodfellows and the St. Clair College Food Bank. As Vice-President of the Student Representative Council, one of Underwood's focuses was on increasing student engagement and strengthening school spirit. This past semester, she was elected as the President of the SRC for the 2015-2016 year, as well as being elected as a Director of the College Student Alliance to represent over 110,000 students provincially. For her academic excellence, her contributions to the Public Relations program, her commitment to the community, dedication to the betterment of others and for her support of her fellow students, St. Clair College is proud to present Underwood with the President's Medal.

Miranda Underwood is photographed with her President's Medal on the front lawn of Windsor's South Campus.
Miranda Underwood is photographed with her President's Medal on the front lawn of Windsor's South Campus.

Pawel Borkulak was able to excel academically by maintaining a program GPA of 4.0 in the very challenging program of Diagnostic Medical Sonography. He also made a significant contribution to the teaching-learning process. One of the program's courses received approval as an online course offering and Borkulak was instrumental in the filming and editing of demonstration videos contained within the course. These valuable videos were a vital resource to students as they provided live, detailed instructions, which assisted with their hands-on abilities. Borkulak's positive demeanor, helpful attitude, and unique skills were a tremendous asset to the program and his impressive contributions make him worthy of receiving the Governor General's Medal.

Salsabeel Ouerfelli is a dedicated and hardworking student committed to academic excellence who is also very caring and helpful towards her fellow classmates. Often taking on the leadership role with class projects, Ouerfelli excelled at organizing, keeping the peace, and making sure all the students felt like they could contribute. Her classmates noted that she helped to alleviate stress and they always felt they could turn to her for help. Ouerfelli is very passionate about her choice of career and she is already involved with the Human Resources Professionals Association, attending events to meet and network with HR professionals. During her time in the HR program, she was actively involved with resume clinics and even helped students perfect their resumes outside of class commitments. She has maintained a 4.0 average and she looks forward to bringing her skills to the business world. For her outstanding academic achievement, as well as her contributions to the college, the HR program and her classmates, the college is proud to present her with the Board of Governor's Medal.

Mitali Kapadia has exhibited leadership in many ways during her time as a student including mentoring, volunteering, excelling at her internship, working as a Goodwill Ambassodor with the Saints Brigade and serving as a role model to her fellow classmates. On her nomination for this honour, she was described as an "intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable young adult, and the most unselfish person I have ever had the fortune to meet." Her willingness to try new things has led her to participate in many work and volunteer positions with the college. Her hard work and dedication was noticed during her unpaid internship with Windsor Regional Hospital, with the hospital offering her a full time position. She is very deserving of this year's Student Leadership Medal.

Mitali Kapadia(left), Pawel Borkulak and Salsabeel Ouerfelli are photographed with their medals outside of the Centre for the Arts.
Mitali Kapadia(left), Pawel Borkulak and Salsabeel Ouerfelli are photographed with their medals outside of the Centre for the Arts.

Audrey Ann Van der Zon served as the Vice President of the Thames Students Incorporated, which kept her very busy over the last year. She has worked tirelessly to support different college events and activities, and was instrumental to the planning of several larger events, including the popular "Pigfest." She has also worked hard to support her fellow students and was actively involved in mental health awareness activities. Although she has participated in extracurriculars and volunteer work, she has also diligently worked to maintain an excellent Grade Point Average. For her academic excellence, her contributions to her program, her commitment to the community and dedication to the betterment of others and for her support of her fellow students, the college is proud to present her with the President's Medal.

President's Medal winner Audrey Ann Van der Zon is photographed in the lobby of the Thames Campus.
President's Medal winner Audrey Ann Van der Zon is photographed in the lobby of the Thames Campus.