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Two County College of Morris students named to 2023 New Jersey All-State Academic team

New Jersey Council of County Colleges Honors Outstanding Scholars and Leaders

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Two County College of Morris (CCM) students were recently named to the 2023 New Jersey All-State Academic for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities and the college as members of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

Zachary Strickler of Mount Arlington and Samantha Wrobel of Succasunna were nominated by CCM administration for the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) distinction based on their academic achievement, leadership, and engagement in college and community service.

Stickler graduated from CCM Cum Laude in December 2022 with his Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology. He transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee to earn his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. At CCM, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Wrobel started at CCM as a high school senior through the Challenger Program and continued at the college to earn her associate degree as a recipient of an NJ STARS scholarship, which she gained by having a cumulative 4.27 GPA and ranking in the top 10 percent of her high school class. At CCM, she served as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Theta Kappa as Vice President. She completed her Legal Assistant Certificate and Associate of Science in Criminal Justice in December 2022 and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is now at Southern New Hampshire University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Stickler and Wrobel were among 37 students from the state’s 18 Community Colleges named to the 2023 New Jersey All-State Academic Team.

“These exceptional students utilized the many opportunities that New Jersey’s Community Colleges have to offer and succeeded brilliantly,” said NJCCC President Aaron R. Fichtner, Ph.D. “We applaud the New Jersey All-State Academic Team members for their academic excellence, hard work, and perseverance to rise to the top of their class. Their tenacity and incredible work ethic serve as an inspiration to all.”

CCM is focused on excellence in teaching and lifelong learning through the delivery of exceptional programs and services that reflect a dedication to inclusiveness and diversity, educational advancement, cultural enrichment and workforce development.

Fifty student clubs and organizations that range from traditional to innovative, plus eight distinctive varsity athletic teams form the nucleus of the 222-acre thriving campus in Randolph. Through active participation in the academic, cultural, religious, governance, social and recreational student groups, CCM students are afforded the opportunity to excel in and outside of the classroom and create lifelong relationships in a supportive campus community.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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