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Community College Students Honored by All-CT Academic Team

Sixteen outstanding students from nine community colleges, along with two students from St. Vincent's College, were honored Friday at the State Capitol during the annual All-Connecticut Academic Team awards ceremony.

Sixteen outstanding students from nine community colleges, along with two students from St. Vincent's College, were honored Friday at the State Capitol during the annual All-Connecticut Academic Team awards ceremony. The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community and junior colleges. The students chosen for the state team also represented the State of Connecticut in the All-USA Academic Team Competition. The ceremony was sponsored by Northwestern Connecticut Community College, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest across our community college campuses, and they should be congratulated for their hard work, commitment and perseverance,” said David Levinson, Vice President for Community Colleges at the Board of Regents and President of Norwalk Community College. “Learning more about each of these students – including what they plan to do after graduation from community college – is inspirational and helps to ensure our focus remains on supporting the success of our students.”

“These students are the top scholars from among Connecticut's community college students” said Sharon Gusky, professor of biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and event organizer. "Some of them will be transferring Yale, Trinity, or the University of Connecticut, while others will remain in the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (ConnSCU) system. Regardless of where they go, they will succeed in their endeavors because of the strong education they received at our community colleges."

The students honored Friday included:
  • Patricia Dawson - Asnuntuck
  • Kristina Green - Asnuntuck
  • Ruben Cartagena - Capital
  • Christina James - Capital
  • Kyra Palange - Housatonic
  • Patricia Albers - Manchester
  • Anton Pettiford - Manchester
  • Michael Vessichio - Middlesex
  • Lisa Gangone - Middlesex
  • Jacklyn Orabona - Naugatuck Valley
  • Nicole Williams - Naugatuck Valley
  • Donna Newsome - Northwestern Connecticut
  • John Spillane - Northwestern Connecticut
  • Christopher Arena - Norwalk
  • Derya Yildirim - Norwalk
  • Naomi Lemire - Tunxis
  • Jason Howard - St Vincent's College
  • Elizabeth Smith - St Vincent's College

For more information, please contact:
Maribel La Luz
860-723-0617
laluzm@ct.edu