SCC students selected for All-State Academic Team
Salem Community College’s 2013 New Jersey All-State Academic Team representatives are Francis Yangello (left) and Emily Murschell (second from left). They were joined at the awards ceremony in Trenton by SCC President Joan M. Baillie and SCC Phi Theta Kappa advisor William Mays, Associate Professor of Mathematics.
Salem Community College’s Emily Murschell and Francis Yangello were honored along with 38 other outstanding college students as members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team at the 19th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration recently in Trenton.
“Each year, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the Coca-Cola Foundation,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli. “These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa.”
Emily Murschell graduated on May 22 with an Associate in Arts degree with high honors in mathematics. A graduate of Park Bible Academy (now Salem County Christian Academy), she attended Salem Community College through the NJ STARS and School Counts! scholarships. The Woodstown resident played two seasons of women’s soccer and women’s basketball at SCC, and was named Student Athlete of the Month in December 2011 and 2012. Earlier this year, she was honored as the Salem Community College “Woman of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Murschell was also elected to the All-Academic Teams of Region 19 of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Garden State Athletic Conference.
An active community volunteer, Murschell served as a group leader and coach for a children’s soccer camp, taught Vacation Bible School and participated in a trash clean-up day. She will transfer to Colorado State University to prepare for a career as an actuarial scientist.
Francis Yangello graduated with an Associate in Science degree with honors in health science. As an NJ STAR, he represented the College on two occasions at Ambassador Day at the State House. The Pennsville resident and Pennsville Memorial High School graduate served as the campus and community ambassador for the successful Building Our Future Bond Act campaign last fall. As a School Counts! scholar, he has served as the program’s spokesperson at Open Houses for incoming School Counts! students.
A two-year member of the men’s basketball team, Yangello was named Student Athlete of the Month for February 2012. He was selected to the All-Academic Teams of Region 19 of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Garden State Athletic Conference. At Commencement, he earned the Dr. Peter B. Contini College Service Achievement Award. Yangello will transfer to Rowan University, where he will major in biology. He plans to become a physical therapist.