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Exemplary Student Award finalists

These five undergraduates, all 21-year-old New York residents, are finalists for the annual Exemplary Student Award. The competition, coordinated by the Homecoming Committee, honors academic achievement, University involvement and knowledge of campus history.
The winner will be announced Saturday, Oct. 6, during Homecoming.

All five finalists will receive an award. The winner will get $2,175 to cover one semester’s full tuition. Second place comes with a $500 bookstore scholarship. A $250 bookstore scholarship goes to the third-place winner. Fourth place comes with a $125 bookstore scholarship, while a $75 bookstore scholarship will go to the fifth-place finalist.

For the fourth consecutive year, all prizes are being sponsored by Cleaner’s Supply.


Diana DelachDiana Delach Diana Delach, 21, is majoring in biochemistry with a goal of becoming an environmental toxologist.

The Saint James resident has been a resident assistant, tour guide supervisor and student ambassador. She’s also a Binghamton University Scholar and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society.

Delach is president of Binghamton’s chapter of the National Residential Hall Honorary and plays on the women’s club lacrosse team. She serves on the Casino in the Woods board of directors.


Sebastian Rodriguez, 21, is majoring in English and global culture. He plans to pursue a law degree.

The New City resident is captain of the Policy Debate Team and a 2007 National All-American debater. He’s a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society, president of the Binghamton Feral Cat Society and a Stable Movements volunteer. He is also co-founder of the University’s Amnesty International chapter.

Rodriguez, a finalist for the Planned Parenthood Association’s National Volunteer of the Year Award, is a Binghamton Ronald Glazer Scholarship Award winner.
Sebastian RodriguezSebastian Rodriguez


Alexis Z. SteckerAlexis Z. Stecker Alexis Z. Stecker, 21, one of the Stecker triplets at Binghamton, is majoring in finance. The Syosset resident is a PriceWaterhouse Coopers Scholar, winner of the GEICO 2007 Achievement Award/Scholarship, co-president of the Binghamton University Scholars and a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. Stecker is a teaching assistant for a business course. She was an award-winning debater, academic vice president of Cayuga Hall and has tutored in psychology and economics. She has interned with the U.S. Department of Labor, Columbia University and Protiviti.


Jenna L. Sykoff, 21, is majoring in English literature and rhetoric. The senior from Great Neck has accepted a position at Goldman, Sachs & Co. after graduation.

She was co-chair of the 2007 American Cancer Society Relay for Life on campus, a member of the University Judicial Board, vice president of philanthropy of Alpha Epsilon Phi and president of Phi Eta Sigma National Academic Honor Society. Sykoff, recipient of a Phi Eta Sigma National Undergraduate Scholarship award, was also named to Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges.

Jenna L. SykoffJenna L. Sykoff


Todd E. TaylorTodd E. Taylor

Todd E. Taylor, 21, is double majoring in actuarial science and economic analysis. He plans to pursue a career as an actuary after graduation next spring.

The Trumansburg native is a tour guide coordinator who has participated in Hinman hall government, co-rec football and intramural basketball and softball.

He’s a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America Award.

Outside of school, his interests are golf, business, politics and philosophy.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08