Congratulations to Allison Beerwa, Irma Ortiz-Astacio, Cianael Paasewe, and Danielle Strunk!
Four students at Northampton Community College (NCC) have been chosen Academic All-Stars and members of the All-PA Academic Team by the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges. They were selected from among students at community colleges across the state, based on academic excellence and leadership. Recipients of this award receive scholarships that can be used at any of the fourteen four-year colleges in the Pennsylvania state system. The students were honored at a ceremony in Harrisburg on April 4.
This year's awardees are Allison Beerwa, Irma Ortiz-Astacio, Cianael Paasewe, and Danielle Strunk.
Beerwa, of Saylorsburg, plans to earn her bachelor's degree in bioengineering and her master's degree in genetics. Her career goal is to research treatments for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer or leukemia. She has volunteered for numerous civic and NCC activities. A nontraditional student, wife and mother, she was chosen as the Work-Study Student of the Year. Beerwa served as the vice president of her chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Ortiz-Astacio, of Bushkill, is a public health major. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in science in health education with a concentration in community health education. Her long-term goal is to help women improve their health and wellness. Ortiz-Astacio has been active on-campus and in the outside community as a volunteer. She is the vice president for leadership of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter.
Paasewe, of Northampton, was born in Liberia and moved, with her family to Ghana, as a refugee from civil war. She is a biological science major who plans to become a doctor of osteopathic medicine in pediatrics or dermatology. One of her goals is to work with Doctors without Borders. She is active in her church, community and college. At present she is a pharmacy technician for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Strunk, of Pen Argyl, is a mathematics major. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in secondary education at a four-year school and to become a mathematics teacher or an engineer. She participates in community outreach and to wants to continue helping people. At NCC she is a math tutor and completed the Emerging Leaders Seminar. She served as an officer in her chapter of PTK.