AUGUSTA — Keith Sullivan, of Fairfield, recently was honored as Student of the Year for Kennebec Valley Community College at a ceremony hosted by the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees.

One student from each of Maine’s seven community colleges was honored for their academic success and campus and community involvement during the 2015 Student of the Year awards ceremony at the Senator Inn in Augusta, according to a news release from the college.

Sullivan, who graduated May 16 from KVCC’s Medical Assisting program, recalls he was more afraid of beginning college than he was of serving in the first Gulf War as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Navy.

“Serving in the Navy was a known entity, I was trained and comfortable, while coming to college was such a giant unknown,” Sullivan said in the release.

Sullivan began college in the spring of 2013, entering KVCC’s Liberal Studies program. He used this first year in college to work on general educational electives while preparing for admittance to an Allied Health program.

In the fall 2013, Sullivan began his studies in the medical assisting program, emerging as an outstanding student and leader. Throughout his educational journey he has maintained a 3.9 grade point average, achieving dean’s list each semester and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, according to the release.

In 2014, Sullivan was selected as a member of the MCCS All-Maine Academic Team.

A member of the Student Senate, Sullivan is also the president of the Medical Assisting Club and is the student representative to the Medical Assisting Advisory Board. He has served on several college search committees and pioneered the beginnings of a Veteran’s Club on campus.

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