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Honors Ceremony Awardees, Fall 2022
December 5, 2022

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) recently recognized 20 students for academic excellence at its Fall 2022 Honors Ceremony. The semi-annual event, held at the Gozzo Student Center on campus, included faculty, staff and family members.

Anuja Ghorpade, Ph.D., Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Shawn Phillips, presided over the event.

Students are nominated for these awards by faculty, staff, administrators or preceptors. A committee comprising three faculty members and three staff members review and choose the recipients based on the nominations received.

Fall 2022 awardees include:

First-Year GPA, highest:

  • First place: Zainab Ahmed
  • Second place: Kelly Sullivan

Second-Year GPA, highest:

  • First place: Ariana Barlas
  • Second place: Madison Garcia

Third-Year GPA, highest among all bachelor’s programs:

  • First place: Keven Hughes
  • Second place: Landon Thompson
  • Third place: Alima Ahmed

P1 Professional GPA, highest:

  • First place: Kayleigh Early
  • Second place: Alexis Gregoire

P2 Professional GPA, highest:

  • First place: Charles Middleton
  • Second place: Rachel Leffler

Highest Standing in Math, End of 1st Year:

  • Renee Smith

Dr. Lawrence H. MacDonald - Given by the American Chemical Society to a student with the highest standing in Freshman Chemistry:

  • Manjot Deol

Lucy M. Manvel Award - Given by the Northeastern New York Society of Hospital Pharmacists to students who are employed by a hospital pharmacy in the Northeast and have demonstrated commitment to the profession:

  • Sara Kehn

General Excellence in the bachelor’s program:

  • First Place: Erica Scholl
  • Second Place: LaDanielle McNeil
  • Third Place: Ariana Katz

Be the Change Award - Given by the Class of 2011 to a student(s) in the professional pharmacy program on the Albany Campus who demonstrates professionalism, leadership, service, encourages others to be better, and exudes an aura of friendliness.

  • Tomasello Riccio and Nathaniel Lee

Legends Never Die: Given by the ACPHS Class of 2013 to recognize a Vermont student who displays leadershi and enthusiasm, as well as promotes pharmacy through advocacy.

  • Jason Fine

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is a private, independent college with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. In addition to Pharmacy, ACPHS offers the only Masters of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing degree in the state. Other programs include biomedical technology, clinical laboratory sciences, microbiology, pharmaceutical sciences, pre-med, and public health. The College’s mission is to educate the next generation of leaders to improve the health of society. ACPHS ranks #1 in New York and #2 in the U.S. for best return on investment according to the Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. For more information, visit