We crowned our first ever “Miss Clarkson” in 1943, and we take great pride in the fact that—more than 70 years later—we continue to celebrate this tradition. Each year, the crowning takes place in conjunction with the annual Casino Night event, held this year on Feb. 9.
The 2016 Mr. and Ms. Clarkson College nominees were Yaovi (Tony) Gbogbo, Brandon Ladwig, Brett Temme, Paige Chaney, Kendra Croghan and Heather Knapp. Student Activities Council invited students, faculty and staff to cast their votes weeks leading up to the event. After tallying up the results, the crowns went to Gbogbo and Knapp.
Gbogbo enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in fall 2015. He stays active on campus through his involvement in Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Nurses Association. He plans to graduate in spring 2017 and would like to gain experience working as an RN in the ICU before furthering his schooling to become a CRNA.
“It’s a great honor to have been elected as Mr. Clarkson College by my peers and by the staff on campus,” Gbogbo said. “Being chosen to receive this honor makes me feel that I am well-liked and respected by both the students here on campus, as well as the faculty whom I come into contact with. I am extremely grateful.”
Knapp enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in fall 2014. She serves as Vice President of the Clarkson College Student Physical Therapist Assistant Association, participates in Residence Hall Council and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Previously, she served as an Allied Health Representative in SGA and also worked as an academic tutor on campus.
Knapp plans to graduate with her Associate’s degree in PTA in August 2016 and will continue taking courses to receive a Bachelor's degree in Health Care Services, which she hopes to complete in the next two–three years. After passing the state board exam, she hopes to start working as a PTA near her hometown of Madison, Neb. and will focus on gaining experience and completing her bachelor's degree.
“Being elected Ms. Clarkson College made me realize that participating in student organizations, helping out around campus and attending school events is not only beneficial to my knowledge, skills and experience, but has also given me many opportunities to meet new people, many of whom have become very good friends throughout my time here at Clarkson College,” Knapp said. “If I had chosen to not get involved around school, I would have missed out on some wonderful experiences with great people!”
The Student Activities Council extends a special thanks to each of the following faculty and staff members who volunteered at Casino Night this year: JoAnn Acierno, Lori Bachle, Alina Borkowski, Debi Gardner, Kelly Jackson, Chuck MacDonell, Tina Roland, Dr. Neka Simms, Kris Smith, George Smith and Trish Weber.