Two MCCC Students Named to "All Star Academic Team"


From left are Lynn Rowlands, president of Mercer County Community College's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, with the 2006 "All-State Academic Team" honorees, Jessica Harhigh and Marie Luisi, and MCCC's Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid, after the awards presentation on May 4.

WEST WINDSOR NJ: Two graduating students at Mercer County Community College, Jessica Harhigh and Marie Luisi, both of Hamilton, were chosen as members of New Jersey's "All-State Academic Team" for 2006 by the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. The students were honored by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges on May 4 at the Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration, along with honorees from New Jersey's 18 other community colleges.

Harhigh is a Communications major who plans to transfer to Rowen University with the goal of becoming a news anchor. Luisi, a Humanities and Social Science major, plans to transfer to Rider University with the ultimate goal of a law degree. Both are honors students and active members of the PTK honor society. Both attend Mercer on full scholarships from NJSTARS.

The day included a visit to the State House to speak with legislative leaders and representatives from Governor Jon S. Corzine's administration, a luncheon at the Trenton Marriott for honorees and their families, and a talk by alumna Maureen King, a 2000 MCCC graduate and former Academic Team honoree.

The New Jersey Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration is sponsored by PSE&G. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join the honor society. Twenty-two 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.