All-State Academic Team Members Courtney Griffin, President of Alpha Pi Theta Brookdale’s chapter of PTK, and Zach Eisenberg, Vice President of Alpha Pi Theta were honored by the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges (NJCCC) at its 19th annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day celebration in Trenton on Thursday, May 2.
The NJCCC hosts the event annually to recognize the state’s 40 best community college students. The New Jersey All-State Academic Team members are selected based on the following criteria: grade point average (GPA), outstanding community service, leadership abilities, and recommendations from instructors.
Accompanied by Dr. Maureen Murphy, Dean Richard Pfeffer, and Brookdale PTK advisors, Professors Angela Saragusa and Dr. Shahin Pirzad, Griffin and Eisenberg toured the State House and Governor’s Office, and met with Speaker of the House Sheila Oliver. At the conclusion of the event, the students were presented with an All-State Academic Team Award, a letter from Governor Chris Christie, and a medal.
“It was an honor being recognized at PTK Day and I enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students throughout the state. Although the day was filled with joy and achievement, it was also bitter sweet because it further confirms that my graduation from Brookdale is quickly approaching,” said Griffin. “Although I’m excited for the new chapter in my life, I know my time at Brookdale has been unforgettable and the College has and will continue to set me up for success.”
The event is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).