By Daylyn Huff
Grand Rapids Community College presented Anna Aberenthy with the 2019 Impact Award. This award is given each year to the Student Employee of the Year.
Aberenthy is a lead office assistant for the Academic Support and Tutoring Services. Prior to landing this job, Aberenthy was a peer tutor for the Criminal Justice department. She was nominated by her supervisor Lori Witczak.
“Anna is more than deserving of this award,” Witczak said.
Aberenthy, 18, is a full-time dual-enrolled student with Ferris State University. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, she has worked on campus with the academic staff for about a year and a half and plans on coming back in the fall semester in 2019.
Family and coworkers surprised Aberenthy mid-afternoon on Friday in room 232 of the Learning Center located in the Library where she was greeted with food, a GRCC Go Beyond t-shirt and a plaque. Aberenthy was also unaware of the third surprise waiting in her bank account, an extra $250 that was added onto her check.
“It means a lot to have someone recognize the amount of work that you do,” Aberenthy said after receiving her plaque. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.”
“It’s also just reaffirming that I am doing the right things to the best to my abilities,” she said. “Having the support from my supervisors and coworkers really just enables me to be successful in all of my classes. Anything I had left, I would give it to them. Their support helped me a lot. It’s a really great job. I love it.”
Abernethy is an extremely busy and hard working student. While taking 17 credits this semester, she juggles working on call at two other jobs – all while being the best student and student employee she can be.
Aberenthy plans on graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in criminal justice.