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BCC Students Among Top State Community College Scholars

Two Burlington County College (BCC) honor students will be recognized among the state’s top community college scholars at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ 20th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day (PTK) celebration, Thursday, May 1, at the Lafayette Yard Hotel in Trenton.

“Phi Theta Kappa Day recognizes the high academic accomplishments of our students,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “Burlington County College joins PTK and the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in applauding our students for their scholarly accomplishments and commitment to helping others.”

BCC students Rachel Malette, of Mount Holly, and Bryanna Wolstenholme, of Eastampton, are among the 37 best and brightest New Jersey community college students to be named to the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by PTK, the international honor society for community colleges.

The recognition is reserved for community college students who display outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities through PTK.

“The focus is to honor our best and brightest and show them that their hard work and sacrifice has value,” said BCC’s PTK Chapter (Chi Iota) Faculty Advisor, William Whitfield. “Their stories are an inspiration to anyone involved in higher education.”

Malette, a 28-year-old veteran, military spouse and mom of three, will be graduating from BCC this May with an Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene. She participates in the Student American Dental Hygienists' Association, and volunteered her time to participate in BCC’s Give Kids A Smile Day and a fundraiser for Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that attacks and destroys the salivary and lacrimal glands. She also has a near perfect GPA and received the Tri-State Dental Hygienists’ Society Savant Scholarship, which is awarded to African American dental hygiene students who exhibit excellence in academics and community service. Upon graduation, she plans on entering the workforce.

“It is definitely an honor to be chosen as a New Jersey All-State Academic Team member. I plan to keep doing well in school and eventually continue my studies after I start my career,” she said.

NJ STARS student, Wolstenholme, age 19, currently carries a 4.0 GPA and successfully juggles her education and community service projects in addition to working as a pharmacy technician for CVS. As Vice President of Service for Chi Iota, she helps organize and plan the chapter’s events and community involvement and encourages others to succeed in their studies.

“Being nominated for the New Jersey All-State Academic Team at the end of my BCC career is very exciting, as it is a tangible reward for all my hard work at BCC,” she said.

After BCC, the Liberal Arts and Sciences major plans on transferring to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, to pursue a degree in forensic science. Ultimately, she wants to attend medical school in the hopes of becoming a medical examiner. 

“The recognition has given me confidence concerning my success at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and pride concerning my success at BCC,” Wolstenholme said. “Although my report card reflects my hard work, it is nice that it is recognized by the state.”

About Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 96 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.

About the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges

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.