Stratford Native Tops Field At HCC Awards Night

Achieved 4.0 Average Takes Home 11 Awards

BRIDGEPORT – Stratford native Brandon T. Bisceglia topped the field of award winners at Housatonic Community College’s recent 40th Annual Awards Night, garnering 11 awards including the Academic Dean prize for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Bisceglia, one of eight people to win the coveted Academic Dean Prize, was honored for winning the national New Century Scholar Award, sponsored by U.S.A Today, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges. He was of only 50 college students from throughout the country and the only one from Connecticut to receive the $2,000 award.

Bisceglia was honored at an All-Connecticut Academic Team Awards Ceremony at the State Capitol in April.

Other awards he won include the Phi Theta Kappa All USA and Connecticut Community College Academic Award; the Housatonic Scholar; Dale Ward Scholarship; Dale Ward Endowed Scholarship; Phi Theta Kappa; Swain Award for Excellence in English and Literature; Outstanding Contributions to Horizons, the Student Newspaper of HCC; The Post Publishing Prize for Outstanding Overall Achievement in the Journalism Program; and Outstanding Service as President of the Chi Rho Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Other recipients and their awards include Zohra  Ali, Housatonic Foundation Scholar, Phi Theta Kappa; Denie S. Cene, Phi Theta Kappa; Frank J. Charney, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Criminal Justice; Torsche E. Clark, Who's Who Among Students in  American Junior Colleges; Rafique Haynes, Housatonic Foundation Scholar; Excellence in Liberal Arts and science: Pre Environmental Science; James S. Koleszar,  Certificate of Accomplishment in Accounting; Deirdre C. McKoy, Housatonic Foundation Scholar; Bryan J. Miller, Academic Accomplishment in Business Administration: Computer Information Systems; Kristina Peccerilli, Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges; Leonard M. Poplaski, Excellence in Pre-Engineering Science; Charon C. Torres, Excellence in Nursing; Deborah L. Underhill, Phi Theta Kappa, Outstanding Academic Achievement in Human Services; Rebecca Vanderheijden, Academic Achievement in the field of  Early Childhood Education (certificate program) and  Paul D. Yablonski, Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa.


Housatonic Community College provides an affordable and accessible education through two-year degrees, transfer preparation, and certificate programs, as well as a wide variety of continuing education and personal/professional enrichment seminars and workshops.  In addition, HCC offers employee and occupational training for businesses, municipalities, government agencies, and professional associations to help develop the educated and skilled workforce required to meet regional business and industry needs.  HCC is nationally recognized as an “Achieving the Dream” institution.

HCC is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1), a block from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Free parking is available in the Housatonic garage.