Bay College Student Receives Presidential Honor Award


Emily Thibault smiling

Bay College Student, Emily Thibault, recipient of the 2021 Bay College Presidential Honor Award.

ESCANABA –The Presidential Honor Award was established by the Bay de Noc Community College Foundation in July of 1997 in honor of Dr. Dwight E. Link, President Emeritus of Bay College. The award recognizes students graduating with at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA who demonstrate outstanding leadership and substantial involvement on campus. Congratulations to Emily Thibault, the recipient of the 2021 Presidential Honor Award.

Emily is a liberal art major and will earn her Associate in Arts degree this semester. Her education at Bay started when she dual enrolled as a student at Rapid River High School and she will continue her time here when she pursues her secondary education math degree through LSSU at Bay College. On campus, Emily works in the food pantry and is a tutor and a peer mentor for the TRIO program. Off campus, her leadership parallels her service on campus as she coaches junior high and high school girls’ basketball as well as track at Rapid River High School. In her free time Emily enjoys fishing, working on puzzles, painting and kayaking. Emily is grateful for her time at Bay College and the staff who supported her along her journey. She is excited to further her education and pursue her passion.

Visit to watch a short video of Bay College President, Dr. Laura Coleman, presenting the Presidential Honor Award to Emily Thibault along with her acceptance speeches.

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