BMCC to honor Students of the Year at commencement ceremonies

BRIMLEY – Bay Mills Community College will honor two students at commencement ceremonies in May. Crimson Lewis has been selected as the American Indian College Fund’s Student of the Year and Cole Brehm has been selected as BMCC’s Student of the Year.

Both were nominated by their instructors based on their GPA, ability to overcome challenges, and community involvement while attending BMCC.

Crimson Lewis

Lewis, a resident of Pickford, hopes to be a physician’s assistant in the future. She attributes her success at BMCC to the small class sizes and instructors that are willing to go the extra mile to help students.

“My professors are always willing to help and stay late to make sure all of us as students understand,” said Lewis. “I feel confident in my skills acquired at Bay Mills Community College. I’m looking forward to continuing my education to reach my educational goals at a graduate university.”

Throughout her studies, Lewis has worked closely with Science Dept. Chair Diana Cryderman, who has no doubt Lewis will be successful.

“Crimson’s dedication and perseverance has shown through in her academic work. She’s unafraid to use campus resources and is a mentor to her peers,” she said.

Cole Brehm

Brehm has also made a positive impression on the staff at BMCC.
Not only is Brehm studying at BMCC, but he has been employed as the student worker/administrative assistant in the president’s office.

“Cole has been a pleasure to work with. He is driven, detail oriented, and always up to a challenge. Cole’s determination to excel in his studies and the workplace will allow him to succeed on any path he chooses,” said Samantha Schroeder, executive assistant to the president.

Brehm plans to transfer to university, where he will major in liberal arts until he determines his career path. He spends his free time mentoring the high school robotics team, in addition to photography and writing.

“BMCC has helped me by offering online courses, which has enabled me to fit school around my schedule perfectly,” said Brehm. “I also enjoyed the Native American-centric education given by BMCC, as it is very important and often glossed over in other classes.”

BMCC commencement ceremonies are scheduled to take place on May 13 on campus this year. Both students will be delivering remarks during the event.

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