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Two Community College of Philadelphia Students Make The All-Pennsylvania Academic Team

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 3, 2012 — Community College of Philadelphia students Adam Foizen of Fishtown, and Christopher Thomas of East Oak Lane, were among the students honored Monday evening at a ceremony attended by community college presidents and trustees from across the Commonwealth.

The two were among an elite group of 47 community college students named to the 2012 All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, Monday, April 2.  Pennsylvania's 14 community colleges together with Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, selected the honorees.

“The students being recognized today represent the diversity of community colleges,” said Diane Bosak, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, the nonprofit entity that represents the legislative interests of the state's community colleges. “Many of the students being honored are balancing their school work with family responsibilities and jobs but still find time to volunteer and make their communities a better place. This recognition is a testament to these students' commitment to their communities and to their education.”

Both Foizen and Thomas were honored for their stellar academics and volunteerism.

Thomas, a dad whose 16-year-old daughter came to live with him while he was in college, will graduate in May with a degree in Secondary Education. He has been accepted as a transfer student at West Chester University and the University of Pennsylvania. Thomas received various scholarships and awards, including the Anne and Andrew Abel Scholarship for Creative Writing.  In 2011, his poem “Existentially Speaking” was published in his college's Limited Edition Literary Magazine. He has held numerous student leadership roles on campus and has served as a student speaker at various campus events.

Foizen started a Music tutoring program while enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia. He is in the process of starting his own nonprofit called Riggtown Revitalization, which would seek to improve the quality of life for children and senior citizens. Upon graduation, he plans to transfer to West Chester University, where he will continue his pursuit to become a Doctor of Music Therapy. Foizen is the recipient of the 76ers Hometown Hero Award and the Philadelphia Daily News Foundation Scholarship.

The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a volunteer membership association for Pennsylvania's community colleges. For more information please visit www.pacommunitycolleges.org.