Samantha Lynch-Stefl and Tom Giannini Touted for Outstanding Academic Achievement

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange students Samantha Lynch-Stefl and Tom Giannini were among 59 students honored by Phi Theta Kappa today during ceremonies in Albany hosted by State University of New York Chancellor Dr. Nancy Zimpher.

PHOTO: Samantha Lynch-SteflLynch-Stefl and Giannini were named to the All New York Community College Academic Team by PTK, the international honor society that recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. Members must have a GPA of between 3.25 and 4.0 and must sustain high academic standing throughout their two-year enrollment. In addition to academic achievement, recipients of the award are also evaluated on their leadership and community service involvement.

Lynch-Stefl, of Smallwood, is on pace to graduate this May with her degree in dental hygiene. She is an adult student who chose not to attend college directly out of high school. A few years ago she made the decision to attend college and she has studied part-time SUNY Orange part-time over the past few years while also working full-time. She has been on the Dean’s List twice and plans to continue her education by focusing on community dental health.

Giannini, a business administration student from Monroe, is in his fourth semester at SUNY Orange. He began his college career at Mount Saint Mary College before transferring to SUNY Orange. Giannini has been on the Dean’s List during PHOTO: Tom Gianninieach of his first three semesters at the College. He is also a member of the College’s local Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

“The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer in and outside the classroom,” Zimpher said during today’s ceremonies in Albany. “These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants, and much more. They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students receiving recognition today and thank them for the positive impact each of them has had on SUNY and the communities we serve.”

The Phi Theta Kappa Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding community college students throughout the state. The ceremony is sponsored annually by NYCCT (New York Community College Trustees) together with the New York Community College Association of Presidents and the Faculty Council of Community Colleges.

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