Culinary student receives GRCC’s Arthur Andrews Award

April 12, 2018 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Secchia Institute for Culinary Education student received Grand Rapids Community College’s Arthur Andrews Award during a reception on Wednesday honoring members of Delta Pi Alpha.

Heather Stadt received this year's award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points. This spring, she will receive her Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences in Culinary Arts. 

Stadt has put in hours of work both inside and outside of the classroom, said chef Gilles Renusson, a professor in the culinary program.

"Her selfless attitude, total devotion to hard work and constant search for excellence make her one of the most remarkable students I ever had the pleasure to welcome in my class," he said.

The Arthur Andrews Award is given in memory of Grand Rapids Junior College's second president. 

"Grand Rapids Community College has always placed the highest value on academic excellence, and this award recognizes students’ outstanding academic achievement and personal investment in their academic success," said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of Student Affairs.

While the Andrews Award recognizes the student with the highest GPA, being a member of Delta Pi Alpha is itself an honor. That recognition goes only to students with excellent academic achievements from the top 5 percent of the graduating class. This year, 89 students were inducted into Delta Pi Alpha.

Stadt was among 13 students who were honored during the ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other students are:

  • Lina Breland -- Associate of Arts.
  • Madison Emelander -- Associate of Arts.
  • Rebecca Grayson -- Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences-Child Development.
  • Connor Hartley -- Associate of Science.
  • Isabel Jerzyk -- Associate of Arts.
  • Karin Jovinge -- Associate of Arts.
  • Ashley Perschbacher -- Associate of Arts.
  • Kaitlin Ringler -- Associate of Arts.
  • Hope Roguska -- Associate of Arts.
  • Shigemitsu Suzuki -- Associate of Science.
  • Erik Thaxton -- Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences-Culinary Arts.
  • Sienna Wight -- Associate of Arts.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.


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