Two MCCC Students Named to All-State Academic Team

5-14-09

Two Mercer County Community College students have been named to the "All-State Academic Team" by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges. David Hoyt of Princeton and Ronald Russell III of Mercerville joined honorees from New Jersey's other community colleges at the 15th annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day celebration May 11 at the State House and Trenton Marriott.

David Hoyt also received one of six Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarships as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition. Hoyt is managing editor of MCCC's student newspaper, The College Voice, and serves as vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Mercer.

At the Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration, from left, are MCCC President Patricia Donohue, honoree David Hoyt, NJCCC Chairman Ronald Winthers, honoree Ronald Russell III, and MCCC Vice President Guy Generals.

A Liberal Arts major, Hoyt maintains a perfect 4.0 average while taking a wide range of classes including Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. He teaches swimming and volunteers at the West Windsor Library. Recently he was accepted into a summer program in Chinese at Middlebury College.

Ronald Russell, a Biology major, has the goal of becoming a medical doctor. He serves as president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is a volunteer in the emergency room at Trenton's Capital Health System. A career changer, he worked in information technology for many years before returning to college. He and his wife own a restaurant and are parents of a six-year old daughter.

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day Celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Transferring students who are members of PTK have access to more than $1 million in scholarships from 20 of New Jersey's four-year colleges and universities.

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