Terra State Announces Winners of Student Recognition Awards

April Nickloy, Shehbaz Khan, Dana Englehart and JJ Dull.
Pictured (l-r): April Nickloy, Shehbaz Khan, Dana Englehart and JJ Dull.

Terra State Community College announced the 2019-2020 Student Recognition Award winners on Tuesday, June 16.

Due to COVID-19, the College’s annual Student Recognition Awards announcement was a little different. In lieu of a banquet, winners will be receiving a certificate and recognition in the Commencement program. Categories and winners are:

Fremont Rotary Student of the Year – Dana Englehart completed her nursing program at Terra State in December 2019 and is currently fulfilling exactly what she planned: She moved to Tiffin and found a career as a Registered Nurse (RN) working in acute care at Tiffin Mercy Hospital. While Dana was a student, she was the Student Government Association President, a member of the Student Nurses’ Association and a student employee working in the Student Activities Center. She was also a recognized speaker at Terra State’s Partners in Education Banquet and raised $1,800 for a student scholarship at Terra State.

Leadership Award – April Nickloy, a Health Information Technology (HIT) student, exemplifies the meaning of becoming a student leader. She supported her classmates not only during class, but also with homework and even carpooling to ease their stress. As President of the Health Information Technology Student Organization (HITSO), she led fundraising activities on and off campus. She attended the 2020 Women’s Leadership Forum, was a student liaison for Terra State for the Northwest Ohio Health Information Management Association (NWOHIMA), was the student representative on the HIT Advisory Board and volunteers at the Wood County Hospital. As if all of that isn’t enough, April also has been making masks for people working in medical facilities, who are immune-compromised and elderly folks. She even grocery shopped and delivered food to elderly and those who could not get out for health reasons.

Perseverance Award – Shehbaz Khan moved halfway around the world to earn his Associate of Arts and Associate of Individual Study degrees. He came to America to be with his wife and young son because he believed that America was a better place to be for his family and a better place for him to study, rather than have his family move to India. During his studies, Shehbaz learned how to secure and maintain the Immigration and Naturalization visa eligibility necessary to pursue his education. He graduated with cum laude honors and plans to continue his education at the University of Toledo.

2019-2020 Student Commencement Speaker – Jonathon (JJ) Dull, an interactive media student, has gone through a lot in his life, but excelled in his time at Terra State. He lost his father to suicide, but instead of dwelling in his own thoughts, he started exploring ways to help others. He created “You Matter Media,” which serves as a social media community focused on breaking the silence around mental illness. JJ was also named a 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar, placing in the top 10 community college students in Ohio and top 150 in the nation, and he was January’s Fremont Rotary Student of the Month. He was involved in Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Terra State’s Social Media Team and worked in the Academic Service Center.

Student Organization of the Year – Terra State’s Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) has positively impacted its members and community this past year. Some of the events that SNA participates in include Exploration Day, Farmer’s Market (downtown Fremont), Micah’s House, Community Health Fair and Spooktacular. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SNA leadership continued to get work done behind the scenes rescheduling events and making sure that Napoleon Road could be cleaned as soon as it was safe to do so. Leadership also stayed in contact with faculty and students to work to coordinate new dates for important events. With the SNA Scholarship Fund they created, the SNA gives back to Terra State nursing students in need.