Student of the Year is Lehigh Carbon Community College’s most prestigious annual honor. Students are nominated by instructors, and the winners are chosen by the LCCC Faculty Association based on their performance in and out of the classroom. For 2022, Jace Izellah Mary was named Student of the Year, and Tucker Zimmerman was named Early College Student of the Year.
This year’s commencement speakers – Laurisa Gruver and Shanise Cooper – both reflected on the challenges of attending college during a pandemic. In their address to fellow graduates and the 2,000+ attendees at the May 16 ceremony they shared their experiences attending LCCC in these unique circumstances.
Jordan-born Arin Alkanani calls herself a big-picture person who wants all the pieces of the puzzle right at her fingertips. She credits Lehigh Carbon Community College for her confidence with English as a second language – a key component of her nursing career success, learning discoveries, trajectory and more.
“Why would a smart girl like you go into the trades?” This was the kind of question Paige Knowles (she/her) received from family and friends when she made the decision to pursue a career in the trades at a young age. Paige’s goal is to help young people answer those same questions, and encourage them to break through social norms to pursue their dreams.
At just 16 years old, Anna Laible has found a creative way to combine her passions for sports and writing. A junior in high school and carrying a full load at LCCC, Laible, of Lehighton, will earn her associate degree in communications by the time she finishes high school. Her professional goal is to become a sports broadcaster or reporter.