Students Honored as All-Pennsylvania Academic Team Scholars

2016 All-PA Academic TeamApril 11, 2016, Harrisburg, Pa.—Four extraordinary students from Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) can attend one of Pennsylvania’s State System universities tuition free in recognition of their academic and civic achievements.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges (PACCC) recognized 44 students from across the Commonwealth as members of the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team on April 4 in Harrisburg. In partnership with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (State System), honorees are awarded two-year scholarships to any of the 14 State System institutions

MCCC’s recipients are Cassandra Davis, Oreland; Paul Jaworski, Gilbertsville; James Wamsley, Pottstown; and Amanda Zhou, Ambler. All four will graduate from MCCC with associate’s degrees in May.

Cassandra Davis is a Liberal Studies major in MCCC’s Honors Program. She is president of the Honors Club, co-founder of MCCC’s National Organization for Women (NOW) chapter and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Off campus she volunteers with the Center for Culture, Art, Training and Education (CCATE) where she mentors Hispanic and Latino children.

After she graduates from MCCC, Davis plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Ultimately, she hopes to work with special needs children as an occupational therapist.

Paul Jaworski is a Liberal Studies major at MCCC’s West Campus in Pottstown. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in International Business, and he ultimately hopes to become a business owner and support international organizations that assist those in need and protect the environment.

At MCCC, Jaworski is vice president of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, through which he helped to coordinate Pennsylvania Community College Completion Commitment (PAC4) activities.

James Walmsley is a Marketing major at MCCC who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Ultimately, he hopes to use his skills to promote and advance a business that contributes to the nation’s productivity and to help members of his team reach their fullest potential. As part of his studies at MCCC, he completed an internship with Fastenal and was subsequently hired by the company.

At MCCC, Walmsley is secretary and treasurer of the Beta Tau Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. He also founded the West Campus’ Ultimately Frisbee Club and plays baseball with the MCCC Mustangs.

Amanda Zhou moved to the United States from China in 2010. Encouraged by her daughter, she enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at the College in 2012. She soon discovered a love for Math and Accounting. Zhou is a Business Administration major, and she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and to work as a CPA.

As a member of the College’s Accounting Club, Zhou has helped low-income families complete their income tax forms through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for the past two years. She is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

- Alana J. Mauger

All-PA Academic Team

Montgomery County Community College President Dr. Kevin Pollock (center) stands with the College’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team honorees (from left) Paul Jaworski, Cassandra Davis, Amanda Zhou and James Walmsley. Photo by Alana J. Mauger