Congratulations to the below individuals and campuses on receiving the following awards. These awards were presented at our annual Awards Dinner at the Spring General Assembly in Breezy Point, MN on April 22, 2017. Watch the 2017 Annual Awards Dinner.


Student Leader of the Year: Tavion Tran, Century College 
Student leaders come from all different backgrounds and carry many diverse stories. A Student Leader of the Year is one who has excelled both academically, in the association, and in their community.

Governing Council Member of the Year: Chuck Lecy, Minnesota West Community and Technical College-Canby 
A Governing Council Member of the Year displays many great qualities within the association. They have exemplified the ideals of the organization, built relationships and effective teams within their region, and have gone above their call to serve our students.

Platform Representative of the Year: Noah Smith, Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead 
A Platform Committee Member of the Year is seen to display many qualities related to legislation in the association. They are someone who has dedicated their time and effort to research and to developing a working knowledge of the issues facing our students.

Student Senate of the Year: Dakota County Technical College 
Student Senate of the Year goes to the senate that has taken their work above and beyond the call of duty. In many cases, they have changed the lives of countless amounts of students for the better.

Minnesota State Committee Member of the Year: Andrew Hjelle, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 
Minnesota State committees are some of the most important venues for change across the state. Students who serve on these committees are essential in ensuring students have a voice on a variety of topics.

LeadMN Intern of the Year: Maggie Nead, Inver Hills Community College
The LeadMN Intern of the Year goes to a student who embodies the LeadMN spirit in every aspect of their life. They go above and beyond their duties as an intern to create real and lasting change within the organization.


Alumni Member of the Year: Heather Darby, Rochester Community and Technical College 
The Alumni of the Year award is to honor an alumni member of our organization. Nominees should have a continued and lasting impact on the lives of students or their community in ways that honor the mission and values of LeadMN.

College President of the Year: Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr., Hennepin Technical College 
This award honors the exemplary work of a college president within the 2-year colleges of the Minnesota State system. A nominee should display the qualities of being available to students for consultation and willing to discuss issues that affect the student body throughout the decision making process.

View Dr. Merrill Irving, Jr.’s speech.

Student Senate Advisor of the Year: Linda Peterson, Saint Paul College 
This award honors a Student Senate Advisor who has gone above and beyond the daily roles and responsibilities of advising the student senate on their operations and serving as their advocate. This is someone who also serves as a mentor to student leaders in ways that allow them to grow in their education and careers.

Instructor of the Year: Andrew Thul, Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie 
An instructor deserving of this prestigious award is one that not only connects with their students to deliver the subject material, but also does it in ways that allows students of all learning methods to succeed.

View Andrew Thul’s speech.