Athletic Hall of Fame Awards
Hall of Fame awards honor individuals who have contributed significantly to the development of JSC athletes or to the excellence of the JSC athletics program, and teams that, by their records, have left a legacy of leadership and success. Learn more
Alumni Association Awards
Each year, exceptional Johnson State College alumni are honored for their contributions to the school, community, and society.
2016 Distinguished Alumni Award
Sean grew up in Connecticut as one of six children. He earned an A.S. in Environmental Studies in 1990 from SUNY at Sullivan County Community College in the Catskills, worked for almost a year after that, and then left home for good to move to Vermont. He was exposed to field biology by taking Cyrus McQueen’s Forest Ecology class and earned his B.S. in Biology and a secondary science teaching certification from Johnson State College in 1994. He went on to work two summers as an undergraduate research fellow at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in Idaho Falls (thanks to JSC’s Bob Genter!), where he got hooked on environmental microbiology, looking at issues such as acid mine drainage effects on streams, monthly monitoring of the Snake River, and groundwater quality. After earning his Ph.D. at Idaho State University in Pocatello, he took his first academic job at Western Carolina University in 2001. There, he has focused much of his research with his students on soil microbial diversity, but also has a long-running research project examining bacterial diversity in streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sean is a brewer and has helped assist local beer and kombucha brewers in basic microbiology related to their products. He and his wife, Krista, have two children, a daughter, Aeryn (age 7), and a son, Miles (age 3). They love the mountains and rural lifestyle in North Carolina, and he remembers Vermont’s similar attributes fondly.
Outstanding Alumni Awards
These awards are presented to alumni of whom the college is particularly proud, who have made outstanding accomplishments in their careers and lives, whether in social service, business, or community service, with service to the college one of the many factors considered. Alumni under consideration for this award must have graduated a minimum of ten years ago. Nominations come from faculty, staff, and alumni. Selection is made by the president of the college.
2016 Rising Star Alumni Award
After dropping out of high school at age sixteen, Dylan earned degrees, with top honors, from the Community College of Vermont and from Johnson State College in 2013. Dylan is a native of Wallingford, Vermont, a small town in Rutland County. He is currently running to represent the Village of Essex Junction in the Chittenden 8-2 House district. Dylan’s experience includes work in state government and the Vermont General Assembly, where from 2014 - 2016 he served as chief of staff to Representative Shap Smith, the Speaker of the House. He currently works at the Vermont State Treasurer’s Office as Director of Outreach and Financial Literacy and serves on the Vermont Jump$tart Coalition Board of Directors. Dylan lives with his wife, Candace, and enjoys spending time with family, hiking, playing guitar and drums, and staying active in community meetings and events.
2016 Outstanding Master’s Degree Award
After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont, Tracy earned her MA in Special Education from Johnson State College in 1996. She has served as Superintendent of Schools at Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) since 2007 for the communities of Elmore, Morristown and Stowe. Prior to becoming Superintendent for LSSU, Tracy performed many roles as an educator, including Director of Student Services for LSSU and special educator, consulting teacher and Education Support System Coordinator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Tracy serves many roles in regional and statewide educational organizations including Chair of the Lamoille Area Professional Development Academy, Chair of the Vermont Education Health Initiative, Board Member for the New England School Development Council and President of the Vermont Superintendents Association. She is also a 2008 graduate of the Snelling Center’s Vermont School Leadership Project. Tracy was recognized by the Vermont Superintendents Association in May, 2016 with the Vermont Superintendent of the Year Frederick H. Tuttle Service Award.