Sunday, May 10, 2015

Academic All-Stars at MCCC

Photo Courtesy of the Pa Commission of Community Colleges
Montgomery County Community College President Karen A. Stout (center) stands with the College’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team honorees: (from left) Caitlin Moser, Angelina Sirak, Kendra Houck and Heidi Hunsberger. The students were honored during a banquet and award ceremony on April 13 in Harrisburg

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by Montgomery County Community College.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) recognized 44 students from across the Commonwealth — including four from Montgomery County Community College — as members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team on April 13 in Harrisburg. 

 According to PACCC, the awards recognize an exceptional group of community college students who have achieved excellence and demonstrated a commitment to their colleges and communities.

In partnership with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), All-PA Academic Team honorees are awarded two-year scholarships to any of the PASSHE institutions. 

Pottstown student Kendra Houck, with
MCCC President Karen Stout, receiving
the All-PA Award.
Additional scholarship money is awarded by Coca-Cola to students based on their All-USA Community College Academic Team application scores.

Two MCCC students — Kendra Houck of Pottstown, and Heidi Hunsberger of Norristown, were named Coca-Cola Silver Scholars, which awards them an additional $1,250 in scholarship funds. 

They are joined by Caitlin Moser, Schwenksville, and Angelina Sirak, Green Lane, in representing MCCC on the 2015 All-PA Academic Team.

As a dual enrollment student, Kendra Houck, 18, will earn an associate’s degree from MCCC only a few days after graduating from high school.

She has been taking classes at MCCC since she was 15 years old. She will transfer to West Chester University in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship, which she earned as an All-PA recipient. 

At MCCC’s West Campus, Kendra is the president of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, and as a senator with the West Campus Student Government Association, and she is a member of the West End Student Theatre drama club. 

She plans to transfer to Gwynedd Mercy University in the fall to study clinical psychology.

Hunsberger, 33, will graduate from MCCC in June with an associate’s degree in liberal studies before transferring to Thomas Jefferson University to study occupational therapy in an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree program. 

She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and is a dedicated volunteer with the Special Olympics Bowling League.

Moser, 24, discovered a passion for history at MCCC’s West Campus, citing late Assistant Professor of History Ryan Johnson as inspiring her to pursue a career as a history professor. 

She graduated from MCCC in December is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree program in history at LaSalle University. During her time at MCCC, Moser was a member of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Sirak, 20, a Liberal Studies major, is an Honors Program Scholar and a Mustangs Scholar Athlete. 

She is a three-sport student athlete—playing soccer, basketball and soccer, and she serves as the treasurer of the Honors Club and as a member of the Alpha Kappa Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and the Hola Club. Sirak plans to transfer to a PASSHE institution to study sports journalism.

To be eligible for the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, students must have completed at least 36 credits at the time of application and must maintain a 3.5 grade point average. To learn more and to see a full list of recipients, visit

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