Lucas Lombardo of North Andover recently received the 2014 Northern Essex Community College Outstanding Student Award. Each year, the NECC Alumni Association presents this award for outstanding achievement to a graduating student who has distinguished academic achievement and involvement in either campus activities or community service. Lombardo graduated from NECC in May with an associate of science business transfer degree. He was nominated by his managerial accounting professor, John Sabbagh. Despite working and taking five courses at a time, Lombardo had perfect attendance as well as a near-perfect grade point average. According to Sabbagh, Lombardo demonstrated “meticulous preparation and [a] true understanding of the difficult concepts and problems presented in the course. “His academic performance alone places him in the top five percent of students with whom I have worked at NECC and at other colleges.” During his time at NECC, Lombardo served as president of the Beta Omicron chapter of the National Business Honor Society, Alpha Beta Gamma, and was an active member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He is an Eagle Scout and prominent community volunteer in his hometown of North Andover. In the fall, Lombardo plans to transfer to Boston University, where he will major in business management with a focus on finance.