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Sisters among Top Community College Students Honored by N.J. Council of County Colleges

May 21, 2007

Atlantic Cape Community College students Carole and Rachel Dieterly, sisters from Corbin City, were among 36 of New Jersey's best and brightest community college students honored by the N.J. Council of County Colleges at its 13th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration May 14 in Trenton.

Carole, 19, is editor and vice president of Rewrites, ACCC's literary magazine. She is also an award-winning member of the college's archery team, works in the Mays Landing Campus bookstore and volunteers at the Cape May County Zoo. She is working toward an associate degree in biology.

Rachel, 21, was appointed to the Peer Mentorship Program, is a member of the archery team and works as a math and science tutor at the college. She received an Associate in Science degree in chemistry in 2006 but continues to take organic chemistry classes at ACCC. She will continue her studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the fall in pre-medicine. The sisters are graduates of Gospel of Grace Christian School. They consistently are named to the Dean's List at ACCC and are members of PTK.

Each year, the Council of County Colleges hosts this luncheon program to honor the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, which is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges.

"These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of PTK at their local community colleges," said Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, council president.

Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among community college students for 88 years while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. Students with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher are invited to join Phi Theta Kappa.