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Two MCCC Students Named to New Jersey’s 2018 Academic All-Star Team

6/12/18


PTK All Stars

MCCC President Dr. Jianping Wang, former MCCC PTK adviser Jen Cook, MCCC Academic All-Star Austin Chee, New Jersey Council of County Colleges Chair Helen Albright, MCCC Academic All-Star Tamaryn Auld, MCCC PTK adviser Dr. Jingrong Huang, and MCCC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. J. Brandon Shaw.

TRENTON – A pair of Mercer County Community College (MCCC)Biology students were named among the brightest and best from community colleges across the state during the New Jersey Council of Community College’s (NJCCC) Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day at the Trenton Masonic Temple, when members of the PTK Academic All-Star team were announced.

Representing MCCC was Tamaryn Auld, an international student from South Africa, and Austin Chee of South Brunswick, selected based on grade point average, outstanding community service, leadership abilities, and recommendations from instructors.

“We are proud of the achievements of these students, for their personal growth, and their contributions to Mercer County Community College,” said Dr. Jianping Wang, president of MCCC. “To be selected as among the top students in the state demonstrates that their education has gone beyond academics, and serves as recognition of their resilience and character.”

Auld said she will transfer to The College of New Jersey this fall and plans on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She served as the vice president of scholarship for Mercer’s PTK chapter, and volunteerrf for activities that include blood drives and fundraising for Hurricane Harvey relief.

As an international student, she said, PTK played an important role in her success.

“I am glad I came to Mercer,” Auld said. “It’s very rewarding and very challenging here without my family, but PTK has been my second family. I would not have been able to do it without PTK.”

Chee will graduate from MCCC in December and is still weighing his educational options. He said he is considering Radiography as a career path, but is open to other healthcare fields. He said his involvement with PTK has made a real difference in his growth as a student, and as an individual.

“Ever since I came to community college, I can definitely say my leadership skills have been honed,” Chee said. “To me a leader is someone who I can always rely on, and who helps others whenever they can. When I look at leaders, I see them as role models and aspire to be like them.”

Each year the NJCCC hosts the event to recognize the state’s 40 best community college students as members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team. The event is sponsored by PTK, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association.



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