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CCM Honors Society Wins Region’s Top Award

Students Take Home Five Total Honors at Middle States Convention - Posted 3/24/14
The County College of Morris (CCM) Alpha Kappa Kappa (AKK) chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has been recognized with the Middle States Region’s top award. The achievement is one of numerous distinctions the chapter garnered this year.

AKK won the coveted Distinguished Chapter Award at the annual regional convention at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway earlier this month. The honor is given to the chapter chosen as the region’s best each year. It was one of five distinctions the chapter collected. The chapter as a whole won the Middle States Gold Award, the Honors in Action Project Award, and received a certificate for five-star chapter achievement. The fifth honor went to Angelique Onorati, AKK’s vice president of scholarship, who was inducted into the Hall of Honor as one of only 20 nominees for the Distinguished Officer Award.

“I am so proud to be part of such a dedicated and passionate Alpha Kappa Kappa chapter,” Onorati, a resident of Mendham, said of the honors. “Sometimes when you are working so hard, you hope all the efforts will pay off.  In this case, our hard work was rewarded and it brought such well-deserved recognition to County College of Morris.”

PTK is a national honor society recognizing the scholarly pursuits of two-year college students. AKK is CCM’s chapter of the society. Along with their academic achievements, AKK students are some of the most involved individuals in the campus community.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of the Alpha Kappa Kappa chapter and its leadership team,” said Dr. Bette Simmons, vice president of student development and enrollment management at CCM. “The students have done an amazing job of working together as a cohesive unit and bringing scholarship, leadership, and service to County College of Morris and the surrounding community.”

Due to its success at the regional level, the chapter is now eligible for additional awards at this year’s national PTK convention in Orlando, FL, April 24-26.

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Photo: The County College of Morris Alpha Kappa Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society won multiple awards at the Middle States Region Convention. Pictured at the conference from left to right are Kelby Clark, vice president of leadership, of Pine Brook; Carlos Herrera, secretary, of Morristown, Angelique Onorati, vice president of scholarship, of Mendham; and Aaron DelMundo, vice president of fellowship, of Randolph. Other AKK officers who are not pictured include Anhelina Mahdzyar, president, of Randolph; Renata Mauriz, vice president of service, of Succasunna; and Nicole Russo, treasurer, of Hopatcong.