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JCC Students Named to 2017 PTK All-New York Academic Team

Abdul SandersonAbdul Sanderson

  Harry WernerHarry Werner










Jefferson Community College (JCC) is pleased to announce Abdul Y.M. Sanderson (left), Carthage, and Harry E. Werner, IV (right), Watertown, have been named to the All-New York Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for community colleges. To be chosen for the All-New York Academic Team, students must hold a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and have a history of scholarly achievement. In addition to academic achievement, candidates are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement. Both students were recognized for their achievements at the College’s 53rd Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 19, 2017.

Sanderson graduated from Jefferson with an associate in arts degree in humanities and social sciences, concentration in science. With a 4.0 GPA, he earned President’s List honors every semester while a student at JCC and is president of Jefferson’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). As president, he has coordinated a number of extra-curricular activities for PTK members including the annual Pie a Professor fundraiser, the proceeds of which were donated to the local Salvation Army. Sanderson is a peer tutor in history and played on the JCC men’s soccer team. Sanderson, a transplant to the North Country, is originally from Ethiopia, where he lived until the age of 7. He  was known to offer a global perspective in many of his classes, something he attributes to his native country. After earning his degree from Jefferson, he plans to transfer in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations. His career goal is to become a foreign services officer.

Werner graduated from Jefferson with an associate in science degree in engineering science. He holds a 3.92 GPA and was named to the President’s List each semester while at Jefferson and is a member of the College’s Tau Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He is president of the JCC engineering club and recipient of the Great Lakes National Scholarship and Knowlton Technologies Scholarship both for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In addition, Werner completed a prestigious internship with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center’s National Accelerator Laboratory. He was named to the 2017 PTK All-New York Academic Team, 2017 Outstanding Student Government Assembly Member of the Year and Outstanding Engineering Student. His career goal is to become a data analytics specialist. He anticipates continuing his undergraduate education in aerospace engineering or engineering physics, and then earn a master’s degree in computer science.

“Phi Theta Kappa is a noble and historic institution that recognizes the soaring value of a community college education and the tremendous impact that our students have on their campuses, in their communities, and on the economy,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to all of the students for their remarkable leadership and achievement.”