2 Essex County College Students Named to All-Academic Team

This year's honor came as a pleasant surprise to both of ECC's representatives. 

“Honestly, I was not expecting this. I was both excited and surprised when I received the word from Professor [Lynn] Wilson,” said Kowal, a computer science major and North Caldwell resident. Kowal has a 3.97 grade point average. 

“I’m extremely grateful to have the opportunity to represent Essex County College on the academic team,” said Alonge, a computer science major and Newark resident.  Alonge has a 3.91 grade point average. He has also participated in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholarship program at ECC.

Wilson serves as a professor and one of the advisors to the college’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society to which both students serve as officers. 

Kawal is the chapter’s vice president of Service and is the president of the college’s Robotics and Computer Club. 

Upon the announcement of both students being selected to the academic team, Wilson commended them for their achievement. 

“Karolina is a wonderful student and student officer who can always be counted on when it comes to chapter activities and events," said Wilson. "So much so that she was recognized as one of the top 10 members of the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region during the recent Honors in Action Leadership Conference."

“David is the second person in his family to serve as an officer of Alpha Theta Theta," added Wilson. "Like his sister Deborah (Officer Team 2020 – 2021) he has a ‘can do’ spirit that inspires others. As VP of Social Media, David has been pivotal in making sure that our chapter is represented and recognized throughout the middle states." 

Both students, who were nominated for the honor by Phi Theta Kappa, will be recognized by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in the spring on a date to be announced.

Kowal and Alonge also eligible for a number of national scholarships through the All USA-Coca Cola Foundation. Nominees are also eligible for the All USA National Academic Team.  

“This is great news. Congratulations to our students and Phi Theta Kappa mentors,” said Essex County College President Augustine Boakye.  

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published this page in News and Politics 2022-01-04 03:26:30 -0800