Allan Edzii of Sterling, Amanuel Eshete of Alexandria, Adam John of Reston and Isabela Lopes of Gainesville were named to the Phi Theta Kappa Top Ten All-Virginia Academic Team during a recognition ceremony April 22, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia. The four students were nominated by Northern Virginia Community College.
Edzii, 21, graduated from NOVA in May 2015 with an associate degree in science. He was among the first cohort of students to enroll at NOVA with all expenses paid through the Honors Scholars Program. As the first person in his family to go to college, he is glad to be paving a good path for his siblings to follow. Edzii was also selected as a Gold Scholar for the Coca-Cola 2015 Community College Academic Team, a program sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Edzii received a gold medallion and a $1,500 scholarship at the All-State Academic Team ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, in April. He has been accepted at several universities and plans to pursue a career as a pharmacist.
Eshete, 21, is also a May graduate. He earned an associate degree in engineering and plans to continue his education in mechanical engineering at Cornell or the University of Texas at Austin. He attended NOVA’s Alexandria Campus where he was president of the Tau Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and co-founder of the Epsilon Sigma Nu Engineering Society of NOVA. In addition, he participated in undergraduate research with the Society of Physics Students.
John, 25, studied biology at NOVA’s Loudoun Campus and served as president of the Alpha Zeta Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He completed two research-based internships and will transfer in the fall to Columbia University to study neuroscience. He hopes these experiences will help him gain acceptance to a MD-PhD program so he can pursue medical research in brain function.
Twenty-year-old Lopes graduated in May with an associate degree in social sciences and will continue her education in health administration at George Mason University. She is very thankful for the experiences she had at NOVA and feels more than prepared to excel at Mason where she’s considering an accelerated master’s degree program. At NOVA’s Manassas Campus, Lopes served as vice president of scholarship for the Alpha Iota Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa as well as vice president of the Psychology Club. Last year, she was selected as a Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar, another program sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.