April 09, 2012
Four graduates of Northampton Community College (NCC) were honored in Harrisburg on Monday, April 2, as members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team. They were selected from among students at community colleges across the state, based on academic excellence and leadership in a program co-sponsored by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa. The students are Jose Ortiz, Mostafa Elkohil, LaToya Brown, and Angela Ucciferri.
Brown is a resident of East Stroudsburg who is majoring in nursing at Northampton. In addition to being named to the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, she earned two prestigious national awards this spring. She is a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar, an award given by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students at two-year colleges. She was also chosen as a member of the Newman Civic Fellows Class, made up of 160 student leaders representing 32 states.
Brown's goal is to become a nurse practitioner specializing in acute care. She won the Irvine Freshman Leadership Award at NCC. She served as the vice president of leadership for the Monroe chapter of PTK. Her community service included clean-ups along Rt. 715 and helping to repaint a homeless shelter. She will continue her nursing studies at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
Jose Ortiz, a resident of Bethlehem and a criminal justice major, is continuing his education at Moravian College with the goal of becoming a lawyer. He is an eloquent speaker who often is called upon to share his life story and inspiration with audiences and with the media.
Mostafa Elkohil has completed an associate in applied science degree at Northampton and has been accepted at the University of Missouri. A native of Egypt, his goal is to earn a master's and PhD in mechanical engineering and to design energy efficient cars that will be affordable in his home country.
Angela Ucciferri was unable to attend the awards ceremony, but like the other members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, she has distinguished herself academically and in community service. A resident of Mount Pocono, she earned an associate degree in business administration at Northampton and is now continuing her studies at The Pennsylvania State University.
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