NJ Council of County Colleges to Honor the State’s Top Community College Student Scholars

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will honor New Jersey’s 37 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 5, at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Trenton, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) honors New Jersey’s top community college students and their families for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), offers deserving community college students statewide recognition by policymakers and legislators.”

In addition to statewide acknowledgement, Brookdale Community College student Sameerah Wahab was named one of the top 20 two-year college students in the nation as a member of the 2016 All-USA Community College Academic Team. The annual honor recognizes students who display an outstanding combination of academic achievement and community service. Wahab, 19, received a $5,000 scholarship and was recognized with her fellow team members during the American Association of Community Colleges national convention in Chicago, Ill. on April 12.

As the top community college student in New Jersey, Wahab received a $2,000 New Century Scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation. Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation awarded three more scholarships to outstanding New Jersey students as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition.

Dana Yangello of Salem Community College received a $1,500 scholarship for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Gold Medalist Scholar. Mohamed Abdelghany of Passaic County Community College, and Kelsey Stockton of Salem Community College, each received $1,250 scholarships for being named a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Silver Medalist Scholars.

The 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team members are:

  • Atlantic Cape Community College students Taylor Borz of Collings Lakes and Brandon Hand of Stone Harbor;
  • Bergen Community College students Noémie Broussoux-Coutard of Ridgewood and Therande Jashari of Garfield;
  • Brookdale Community College students Mona Patel of Ocean and Sameerah Wahab of Howell;
  • Camden County College students Linh Le of Philadelphia and Laura Wames of Lindenwold;
  • Cumberland County College students Sarah Galzerano of Vineland and Shawnna Stezzi of Heislerville;
  • Essex County College students Angee Gonzalez of Newark and Peace Nosa-Omorogiuwa of Maplewood;
  • Hudson County Community College students Olga Glavna of Jersey City and Sarah Roberts of Kearny;
  • Mercer County Community College students Radoslaw Dlugowski of Lawrenceville and Cody Willever of Columbus;
  • Middlesex County College students Carly Galasso of Sayreville and Jane Hernandez of Manalapan;
  • County College of Morris students Daniel Edens of Randolph and Ethan Mauch of Chester;
  • Ocean County College students Brianna Badami and Katarzyna Wac both of Toms River;
  • Passaic County Community College students Mohamed Abdelghany of Passaic and Miguel De Jesus of Paterson;
  • Raritan Valley Community College students Michaela Bublikova of Basking Ridge and Stephany Rumrill of Flemington;
  • Rowan College at Burlington County students Takeshwari Kamal of Maple Shade and Giaangelina McCarthy of Browns Mills;
  • Rowan College at Gloucester County students Domonique DeNardo of Blackwood and Georgia Maitland of Pittsgrove;
  • Salem Community College students Kelsey Stockton of Quinton and Dana Yangello of Pennsville;
  • Sussex County Community College student Samuel Dunn of Newton;
  • Union County College students Christopher Coccoluto of Cranford and Sheila Zegarra of Newark; and
  • Warren County Community College students Michelle Cupo and Stasha Heinrich both of Oxford.

In addition, 21 of New Jersey’s four-year colleges and universities have offered over $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 97 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is the state association representing New Jersey’s 19 community colleges. As an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents, the Council is the voice of the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government.


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