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RCBC students recognized among best and brightest

Rowan College at Burlington County students Christina Cover, of Mount Laurel, and Yoresmi Medina, of Pennsauken, members of the 2017 New Jersey All-State Community College Academic Team, will be among the 39 best and brightest students recognized today at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ 23rd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration in Trenton.

“Dedicated, smart, and inspiring are three words that come to mind when I think of Christina and Yoresmi and all they’ve managed to accomplish,” said RCBC President Paul Drayton. “They chose RCBC to help them reach their goals and we couldn’t be more proud to have them represent the college on a state-level.”

Cover, RCBC Student Government Association President, is one of nine students in the state receiving a scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa and the Coca-Cola Foundation. As one of the Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Bronze Medalist Scholars, she will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She was one of 500 students in the nation who was named a semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship. At RCBC, she also belonged to the Service-Learning Scholars program and founded Baron Talk – a weekly show on Facebook Live that answered students’ questions. After RCBC, she plans to transfer to Queens College at the City University of New York to study audiology.

Medina, a Human Services major, spends her time volunteering for LUCY (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth) Outreach, an organization that helped her through some of her younger years. She was even chosen as their Leader of the Month for her passion, work ethic and heart to help others in need. She has worked with some of highest risk youth in Camden County and is also an active leader in her local church. She is pursuing a bachelor’s in law and justice at RCBC’s premier partner, Rowan University.

RCBC Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang and Assistant Mathematics Professor and Chi Iota (RCBC’s PTK chapter) Advisor William Whitfield, together with state policymakers and legislators and the NJCC, traveled to Trenton to honor Cover and Medina, and 37 other top community college students in New Jersey, for their outstanding accomplishments at the annual event.

Phi Theta Kappa Day is sponsored by PTK, the international honor society for two-year colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association.

About Rowan College at Burlington County
Rowan College at Burlington County, the top-ranked community college in New Jersey, transforms lives by delivering innovative, high-quality and affordable education in an accessible and diverse environment. Through RCBC’s historic partnership with Rowan University and its innovative 3+1 program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree for the cost of one year at most four-year institutions. For more information, visit rcbc.edu.

About Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 99 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 County 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.
 
Pictured: (left photo) Rowan College at Burlington County student Christina Cover, a member of the 2017 New Jersey All-State Community College Academic Team and a Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Bronze Medalist Scholar, received a $1,000 scholarship and was honored at New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ 23rd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration in Trenton. (right photo) William Whitfield, Rowan College at Burlington County Assistant Mathematics Professor and Chi Iota Advisor, RCBC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, recognizes Yoresmi Medina for being named to the 2017 New Jersey All-State Community College Academic Team at the college’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony.