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Both Johanna Navas and Massaer dona Mar both admittedly were caught off guard when the news came down. Any surprise they have had quickly turned to joy as they learned they are Essex County College’s representatives on the All USA-New Jersey Community College Academic Team.
Johanna and Massaer will be recognized next May at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges and state Legislature on Phi Theta Kappa Day in May. They are also eligible for a number of national scholarships through the All USA-Coca Cola Foundation. Nominees are also eligible for the All USA National Academic Team.
Johanna, president of the College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the honor society, is an Architectural Technology major. Massaer, who serves as the chapter’s vice president for Fundraising, is majoring in Biology, Pre-Medicine
“To be honest, this was shocking; I didn’t expect it, said Johanna, of Newark, after she was told of the honor by club advisor and Professor Lynn Wilson. After the news sunk in, she added, “I’m excited to be able to represent ECC.”
“I was not expecting to be named,” said Massaer, a Hillside resident. “But I was hoping and now, with this honor, it can open up more scholarship possibilities.”
Johanna spent one semester at nearby NJIT before transferring to Essex for financial reasons. “Coming here was a good move for me. The whole atmosphere at Essex is that of a family. I’ve met so many wonderful people here.”
For Massaer who was born in Senegal, Rutgers University was his proposed higher education destination but cost considerations led him to Essex. Actually his step-mother had taken some classes at Essex 20 years ago and offered her recommendation as well. “I gave Essex a try and I love it here. The campus diversity creates a fun environment.” He has maintained a 3.92 average at Essex.
“Both Johanna and Massaer are great student leaders,” said Professor Wilson. “Johanna is a dynamic young lady who has had lots of great ideas for the chapter and managed to implement almost every single one successfully.
“Massaer is very compassionate about PTK and has become its greatest champion. He has encouraged many students to get involved in the organization – not only in our chapter, but regionally and nationally. I am proud to be their advisor,” added Professor Wilson.
Johanna, with a current 3.91 grade point average, would like to transfer to Cornell University next year. She credits Adjunct Professor and architect Wilson Woodridge with serving as her mentor. He is both a graduate of Essex and Cornell. “He encouraged me to apply to Cornell,” said Johanna, who is originally from El Salvador.
Massaer, who is interested in biotechnology and research, has a full college wish list. He counts Princeton, Yale, and Harvard along with Rutgers and William Paterson University as his top transfer colleges.