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Danbury’s WCSU Seniors Receive Distinguished Student Award

Western Connecticut State University senior Jessica Lin recently won the annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award. Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University.
Western Connecticut State University senior Timothy Nott recently won the annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award. Photo Credit: Western Connecticut State University.

DANBURY, Conn. – Two seniors at Danbury’s Western Connecticut State University recently were honored with the annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award.

Jessica Lin of New Milford and Timothy Nott of Oakville each won the award as a result of their academic performance and leadership skills, according to a press release.

Lin currently has a 3.99 GPA and majors in political science. She hopes to earn a graduate degree in public administration or public health.

“I would like to learn as much as I can, gather as much experience as possible and develop as a better human being in order to help those around me and return the favors from those who had continuously stood beside me and encouraged me,” Lin said in a press release.

Lin, a member of the college’s honors program, works as an assistant to Chris Kukk, director of the program.

“Jessica is that one-in-a-decade student whose intellectual prowess is only matched by her own compassionate strength,” Kukk said in a press release.

Nott currently has a 3.7 GPA and plans to become a teacher. He did a stint as a student teacher at Danbury’s Ellsworth Avenue School, is a site facilitator for the Danbury Public Schools’ Extended Learning Program, and serves as president of the WCSU Education Club.

“Timothy began an exemplary record of service to our local public schools from the beginning of his program,” Catherine O’Callaghan, chair of the WCSU education and educational psychology department, said in a press release.

“His dedicated service to our local public schools and profession in general make him a worthy recipient of the Barnard award.”

The Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award was established in 1983. Twelve students from Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern Connecticut state universities are honored through the program each year.

This year’s awards banquet was held in Southington on Monday, April 6.

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