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STLCC Students to Receive Leadership Awards

MCCA Student Leadership Award recipients are, from left, Ethan Arneson, Nichele Bates, Chance Whitlatch and Tony Williams.

Four St. Louis Community College students will be recognized for outstanding leadership on their campuses.

Ethan Arneson, Nichele Bates, Tony Williams and Chance Whitlatch each received the 2018 Student Leadership Award from the Missouri Community College Association later this month.

The awards are presented annually to an exceptional student leader from each of Missouri’s colleges/campuses. Recipients are identified by their college/campus president/chancellor and chief student affairs officer.

To be considered for the award, students must:

  • Be enrolled in good standing at a Missouri community college.
  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities through contributions to the college during the previous academic year.

Arneson is considered the “go to” student leader in the Campus Life Office at Meramec. He is the Student Governance Council treasurer and one of the founding members of a newly re-developed Student Activities Budget Committee. He asks outstanding questions, seeks innovative solutions, and follows through to develop processes and procedures that will exist long after this role has ended. Arneson also is active in Student Government Association and the Engineering Club, and serves as an Orientation Leader.

Bates is studying human services at Florissant Valley. She is vice president of the Student Government Association, where she assisted with planning and execution of the SGA Holiday Party, the Club Expo, the Caribbean Fest, and is planning the SGA Awards Banquet. Bates also serves as a peer leader. She has maintained a 3.1 grade-point average, and hopes to transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis after graduation.

Whitlatch serves as president of Wildwood Performing Arts Club, as vice president of Fellowship for the Beta Rho Epsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of the SGA, and an active member of several clubs. He also has had leading roles in a number of the campus’ theatrical productions, and served as the director for Wildwood’s 2017 production of “A Christmas Carol.”  He will graduate in May and plans to transfer to Webster University to study theater.

Williams is the SGA president at Forest Park. Tony is a biology tutor and works with the TRiO program. Tony uses his energy and creativity to positively influence everyone in the campus community and community at large. During his term as SGA president, Tony and his team supported campus initiatives and the endeavors of campus clubs and organizations. He has a passion for working with our youth, writing music, audio engineering, and is committed to fighting environmental issues. Williams will graduate in May and plans to continue his education in audio engineering.