Above: Kelsey Stockton (second from left) and Dana Yangello represented Salem Community College at the 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration in Trenton. Stockton and Yangello were named to the 2016 New Jersey All-State Academic Team. The honorees were joined at the awards ceremony by SCC President Michael R. Gorman (right) and SCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor William Mays, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
Salem Community College’s Kelsey Stockton and Dana Yangello, members of the Class of 2016, were honored recently along with 35 other outstanding college students as members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team at the 22nd annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration in Trenton.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) honors New Jersey’s top community college students and their families for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli.
Quinton resident Kelsey Stockton earned an associate in arts degree with high honors in liberal arts one month before graduating from the Salem County Vocational Technical School District’s Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Kelsey held leadership positions in the Career and Technical High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter. During her tenure, the chapter was named the “most improved” in the state. She received the State Leadership Award through the National FFA, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award and Elite Air Commando Award, a national citation presented by the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. During her senior year, she completed an internship at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgeton, where she now works part-time. A member of SCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Kelsey was named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar and will use her $1,250 scholarship at Rutgers-New Brunswick where she will study food science.
Pennsville resident Dana Yangello graduated with high honors with an associate in arts degree in psychology. At Commencement, the Pennsville resident was the co-recipient of the Peter B. Contini College Service Achievement Award. President of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter in 2015-16, Dana was named to the international honor society officers’ hall of honor and SCC became a Five-Star Chapter — the highest level possible. She founded the SCC Drama Club and was an active member of the student life committee. She represented SCC on the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority’s student advisory committee and the New Jersey Community College Completion Challenge Advisory Board. Dana was named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar and will use her $1,500 scholarship at Rowan University where she will study psychology and theater.
Each year, the NJCCC hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the New Jersey Education Association and the Coca-Cola Foundation.