Two MCCC Students Named to All-Star Academic Team

5-14-04

Heather Fedor, left, and Marie Mendez, right, pose with MCCC President Robert Rose during ceremonies at the State House on May 13. The two were named to the All-State Academic Team during the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society's awards day. Both will graduate with honors this month.

Two Mercer County Community College students, Marie Mendez of Hamilton and Heather Fedor of Robbinsville, were honored as members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team on Thursday, May 13, as part of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges' Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day.

The day's events began at the War Memorial. All-State students from New Jersey's 19 community colleges, and their family members, also visited the State House to meet with government leaders, then were treated to a luncheon and awards ceremony.

Mendez will graduate this May with dual associate degrees in General Business and Microcomputer Systems Administration. She plans to continue her education at Thomas Edison State College. Fedor will graduate this month with an associate degree in Business Administration. She won a PTK scholarship to Drexel University, where she will major in Marketing.

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Twenty-one of New Jersey's four-year colleges and universities have offered a total of nearly $1 million in scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa students transferring to their institutions. The Coca-Cola Foundation established the New Century Scholars Program three years ago to provide additional scholarship and national recognition to the number one Phi Theta Kappa student from each state.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for over 80 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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