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Every year Adelphi recognizes students who go above and beyond with the President鈥檚 Student Leadership Awards.

These students have balanced academics with internships, employment, study abroad, serving on club and organization executive boards and taking advantage of opportunities to contribute to campus life. This year鈥檚 awards go to these four students, three of whom are now ready to take a leading role in the world as Adelphi alumni.

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Kennie Dionisio

Kennie Dionisio ’24

鈥淢y time here at Adelphi has taught me that everyone has a story, a personal brand. Mine just happens to be wrapped in brown and gold.鈥

A computer science major, Dionisio is president of the senior class alongside his many other roles at Adelphi, including but not limited to: peer assistant leader, student social media editor and commuter assistant. He has also interned at through the Jaggar Community Fellows Program over the summer. He founded the (ASIA), which a faculty member stated 鈥渟tands as a testament to his commitment to fostering cultural diversity and inclusivity.鈥

Michelle Sarker ’24

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Michelle Sarker

鈥淎s I embark on the next chapter of my journey, I carry with me the lessons and experiences gained at Adelphi, confident in my ability to effect change and make a difference in the world.鈥

A health sciences major, Sarker is vice president of the Senior Committee and president of the , a role in which she facilitated cultural festivities, educational seminars and community outreach initiatives. She also participated in the second Bhis茅 Global Learning Experience trip to India in 2023鈥2024 (part of the Bhis茅 Global Understanding Project) and interned at prominent media companies such as , , , and . A fellow student said she 鈥済oes above and beyond to make events on campus not only incredible but also a learning experience for our Adelphi community.鈥

Madina Tuktina

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Madina Tuktina

鈥淭he spirit of Adelphi shaped my leadership style, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and openness to new experiences.鈥

The international student from Kazakhstan double majoring in statistics and business management has held the position of co-founder and vice president of the and worked at through the Jaggar Community Fellows Program. A reference stated: 鈥淢adina conducted comprehensive market research to identify unexplored opportunities, leading to the creation of a focused marketing campaign that effectively yielded $20,000 in individual donations.鈥

Monish Churaman ’24

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Monish Churaman

鈥淟ooking back on my time at Adelphi, I have slowly realized that my 鈥榬ight fit鈥 was here all along. Adelphi, thank you for taking a chance on me. It truly means the world to me.鈥

Churaman is a finance major, and holds many titles such as vice president of finance for , vice president聽of finance for the , treasurer for the and event coordinator and treasurer for the South Asian Student Association. His presence on campus has made an impact on fellow students and staff. A faculty member said, 鈥淗is ability to navigate complex project dynamics, while fostering an environment of teamwork and innovation, speaks volumes about his leadership qualities. Not only has he benefited the Adelphi community through tangible projects, but his academic performance also remains commendable.鈥

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