Manchester, Conn. (June 12, 2017) – Two Manchester Community College graduates, Margery Booker ’17, of Stafford Springs, and Fernanda Pena-Sulantay ’17, of Middletown, were accepted to the All-Connecticut Academic Team. The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community and junior colleges. Each college is allowed to nominate two students, who are then accepted as All-Connecticut Academic Team members and then become eligible for the national All-USA Academic team which awards scholarships.
Booker and Pena-Sulantay were nominated from a pool of applicants based on the strength of their applications with respect to academic excellence, leadership, civic responsibility, and contributions made to the college community. The annual All-Connecticut Academic Team awards ceremony, at which they and 20 other students from across Connecticut’s community colleges were nominated, was held at the State Capitol on April 28. Booker and Pena-Sultanay were represented at the ceremony by MCC Professor Pat Sullivan, faculty advisor of the Alpha Upsilon Alpha Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
Team members are named annually with each receiving a $5,000 scholarship, totaling $100,000 in scholarship awards.
Booker and Pena-Sultanay graduated at MCC’s 53rd Commencement Ceremony, May 25. In addition to their All-Connecticut Academic Team honors, Booker, who earned a certificate in criminal justice-corrections, is the 2017 Regional Advisory Council Award recipient; and Pena-Sultanay, a graduate of MCC’s Honors College who earned an associate degree in engineering, has been accepted to the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF REU) summer research in Molecular Biophysics at Princeton.
About the Phi Theta Kappa All-State Teams – The All-Connecticut Academic Team is one of the All-USA Community College qualifying teams sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, community college presidents and community college state in 38 participating states. Students from the 38 participating states nominated to the All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Community College Academic Teams. Ranking on the All-State Community College Academic Teams is generally determined by the student’s score in the national competition.