The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) honored 37 students from the state’s 18 Community Colleges for being named to the 2023 New Jersey All-State Academic Team for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities and colleges as members of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for Community Colleges. The New Jersey Community College Scholars Celebration was held last Thursday at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

“These exceptional students utilized the many opportunities that New Jersey’s Community Colleges have to offer and succeeded brilliantly. We applaud the New Jersey All-State Academic Team members for their academic excellence, hard-work, and perseverance to rise to the top of their class. Their tenacity and incredible work ethic serve as an inspiration to all,” said NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D.

President Dr. David M. Stout, Ph.D., introduced Brookdale’s scholars Belinda Asamoah and Sara Hosbach. “Their dedication and unwavering pursuit of knowledge have led them to be the best of the best, and I am proud to have them represent us. I have no doubt that they will continue to achieve great things in their futures.”

Belinda Asamoah, a Global Citizenship Scholar, will receive her Associate of Science in Health Science. Belinda expressed her gratitude towards the college, stating, “Brookdale Community College took a chance on me in a way that many schools were willing to do. It helped me to overcome an issue as great as being an “out-of-status” international student while equipping me with a world-class education at an affordable price.”

Sara Hosbach will graduate with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts. She said, “Brookdale Community College offered me an unforgettable higher education experience. Through my time at Brookdale, I established networks that will assist me in the future and develop my understanding of the world.”

“These students have thrived on and off campus as community leaders to reach this high level of achievement,” said NJCCC Chair Mary Zimmermann. “They exemplify all the good that comes from a New Jersey Community College education, and we could not be prouder.”