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County College of Morris recognizes students with leadership and performing arts awards

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – More than 25 students at County College of Morris (CCM) were recognized shortly before graduation for their contributions to enhancing the life of the college and the community at large.

The students were presented with awards at the 54th Annual Campus Life Appreciation Dinner Dance held in May at Meadow Wood Manor. Participating in the event were CCM President Anthony J. Iacono, CCM Board of Trustees Chair George Milonas, Trustees Barbara Hadzima and Paul Licitra, Campus Life Director Don Phelps, Chair of the Department of Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies Marielaine Mammon, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, Workforce Development and Student Success Patrick Enright, and Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Julian Gomez.

“The Campus Life Appreciation Dinner Dance is one of CCM’s longest-running events,” said Phelps.  “It was initiated in 1969 to bring recognition to honor those individuals and groups who have made valuable contributions to CCM by helping to provide a diversified and substantial program of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the entire student body and the campus community.  This includes those involved in student clubs and organizations and performing arts productions at CCM: student leaders, performers, production staff, advisors and directors.”

Awards presented were:

Trustees Service Award

  • Abigail Rodriguez of Flanders

Patton Award

  • Zuleyka Obando of Hackettstown

First Year

  • Andrew Frederick of Morristown

Dr. Sherman H. Masten Award

  • Andrew Frederick of Morristown

Distinguished Leaders

  • Hashem Akhtar of Budd Lake
  • Andrew Frederick of Morristown
  • Sebastian Lubas of Denville
  • Zuleyka Obando of Hackettstown
  • Keyur Patel of Landing
  • Isabella Petrucci of Mendham
  • Rida  of Rockaway
  • Abigail Rodriguez of Flanders

Educational Program of the Year

  • Motivational Mondays – Student Government Association and Active Minds
  • Coffee with a Professor – Social Awareness Club

Community Service Program of the Year

  • Cookie Fundraiser for the Interfaith Food Pantry Network – Student Nursing Association
  • Earthquake Relief – Muslim Student Association & Asian Student Association

Performing Arts Musical Theatre

  • Lydia Girardy of Long Valley – Outstanding Performance in The Addams Family
  • Kayla Del Valle of Randolph – Outstanding Performance in The Addams Family
  • Mackenzy Reilly of Byram – Outstanding Performance in The Addams Family
  • Alyssa Correa of Dover – Outstanding Performance in The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Owen Gately of Belvidere – Outstanding Performance in The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Hyron Gonzalez, Jr. of Budd Lake – Outstanding Performance in The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Sean Cahill of Netcong – Outstanding Performance, Supporting Actor in The Scarlet Pimpernel

Performing Arts Technical

  • Hailey Doyle of Chatham
  • Frank Garruto of Oak Ridge

Dance Outstanding Performance in Dance

  • Julissa Llosa of Glenwood
  • Lilly Vaz of Rockaway


  • Benjamin Loudermilk of Madison – Outstanding Performance in A Christmas Carol
  • Roya Aliasgharpour of Randolph – Outstanding Performance in A Christmas Carol
  • Matthew Budesheim of Butler – Outstanding Performance in Talk Radio
  • Savanna Brackelmanns-Puig of Ironia – Outstanding Performance in Talk Radio

Raulf Award

  • Teresa Roccanova of Whippany

Dr. Edward J. Yaw Award

  • Kaitlyn Campbell of West Milford

To learn more about student organizations at CCM, go to

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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