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Two Essex County College Students Named to All-Academic Team

Joseph Rivera
Anne Alabson

When they learned they are Essex County College’s 2021 representatives on the All USA-New Jersey Community College Academic Team, both Anne Alabson and Joseph Rivera said it was a tremendous honor.

Anne, a General Science major from Newark, said the exciting moment she found out was a dream come true.  “I applied and then just waited,” said Anne who plans to transfer to Caldwell University where she will study nursing. She has a 3.92 grade point average.

For Joseph, it was a real surprise because he admitted that following his applying, “I kind of forgot about it.” The Belleville resident started out at ECC as a General Science major. However, he changed major this Spring to Paralegal Studies, with an eye on law school.  

Anne and Joseph will be recognized by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges in the Spring.  Professor Lynn Wilson, advisor to the College’s Alpha Theta Theta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, said that due to the pandemic, she is not sure of the program’s format. Last year it was a video recognition. 

Both students, who are members of the Honor Society, are 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.  

“This is a great news! Congratulations to our students and Phi Theta Kappa mentors,” said Essex County College Interim President Dr. Augustine A. Boakye.  

Anne, 34, grew up in Nigeria and came to the United States in 2018 to further her education. She chose the health care field because “I have a passion caring for people an helping them recover.” Anne’s career goal is to become a hospital nurse administrator. “That’s my calling.”  

Joseph came to ECC as an NJ STARS (Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship) student, for those who graduate in the top 15 percent of their high school class. “I came here still learning about myself and decided to try General Science. I’m becoming more confident and now I’m ready to go for something that has really interested me, and that’s law.”  He has a 3.4 GPA.