JCC Students Honored By Phi Theta Kappa


JAMESTOWN –  Jamestown Community College students Lisa Micciche and Christy Twilight of Jamestown, Todd Parke of Olean, and Leah Reiner of Shinglehouse, PA were among 64 students from the State University and City University of New York placed on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 2012 All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges.

The students, all of whom will graduate in May, were honored at a recent luncheon in Albany for their academic achievements, leadership, and service to their colleges and communities.

The All-New York Academic Team for Community Colleges recognizes achievements of students enrolled in community, technical and junior colleges who a 3.5 grade point average or better and have a history of outstanding community service. Twenty students were chosen for the first academic team, 20 for the second academic team, and 24 for the third team.

The PTK academic team awards are sponsored by the New York Community College Trustees, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges, and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

Ms. Micciche and Ms. Reiner were named to the first team. Ms. Micciche, who will graduate with an associate’s degree in human services, plans to become a gerontological social worker. She coordinated all service projects for PTK and participated in JCC’s Human Services Club and Interweave. She is active in a variety of community organizations and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Ms. Reiner plans to become a registered nurse after graduating from JCC’s nursing program. A tutor in the Learning Assistance and Computer Center on JCC’s Cattaraugus County Campus since 2010, Ms. Reiner achieved both regular and advanced College Reading & Learning Association certification. She served as president of the Brothers and Sisters in Christ Club and on the staff of a non-profit Christian camp for underprivileged children.

Ms. Twilight and Parke were named to the second team. Ms. Twilight will graduate with an associate’s degree in biotechnology. She served as president of JCC’s DNA Club and Book Club, as secretary of the Earth Awareness Club and sustainability committee, as a student ambassador, and as a member of JCC’s peer mentorship program. She has actively participated in educational outreach and fundraising efforts to enhance environmental awareness in the community.

Parke, who has been active in JCC’s Model European Union program, will graduate with an associate in applied science degree in criminal justice: police. He received JCC’s Global Studies Award and Criminal Justice Award and won first prize in JCC’s Constitution Day essay contest last fall. Parke also volunteered for and managed the local office of a congressional campaign.