May 10, 2013

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HCC Student Honored At Capitol
Named to All-Connecticut Academic team
Monroe Resident

Merrill-Palange: Housatonic Community College students Kyra Palange of Monroe (right) and Tiyani Brown of Bridgeport (center) chat with Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill (left) during a recent event at the college. Palange was honored at the State Capitol recently, being named to the All-Connecticut Academic Team.

HARTFORD - Housatonic Community College student and Monroe resident Kyra Palange was honored at the State Capitol recently, being named to the All-Connecticut Academic Team.

Palange, who was nominated by HCC President Anita Gliniecki, was one of sixteen outstanding students from nine community colleges, along with two students from St. Vincent's College, who received the award. They received their kudos at the annual All-Connecticut Academic Team awards ceremony at the Capitol.

The ceremony was sponsored by Northwestern Connecticut Community College, the Board of Regents for Higher Education and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges.

“These students represent some of the best and brightest across our community college campuses, and they should be congratulated for their hard work, commitment and perseverance,” said David Levinson, Vice President for Community Colleges at the Board of Regents and President of Norwalk Community College. “Learning more about each of these students is inspirational and helps to ensure our focus remains on supporting the success of our students.”

The All-Connecticut Academic Team recognizes the outstanding scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in Connecticut’s community and junior colleges. The students chosen for the state team also represented the State of Connecticut in the All-USA Academic Team Competition.

“These students are the top scholars from among Connecticut's community college students,” said Sharon Gusky, professor of biology at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, and event organizer. "Regardless of where they go from here, they will succeed in their endeavors because of the strong education they received at our community colleges."

Palange, who works as a sportswriter for the Hersam-Acorn newspaper chain, recently received kudos in HCC’s Women in Politics essay writing competition, where she placed second.