Washington Township resident inducted into honor society

Rebecca Keeny of Turnersville received entry onto the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society All-State Academic Team for New Jersey.

Rebecca Keeny (left) was honored on Thursday and inducted onto the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. Photo: Julie Yankanich, special to The Sun.

Turnersville resident Rebecca Keeny and Cherry Hill resident Claudia Jablonski were honored on Thursday as two of 38 students in the state who have earned entry onto the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society All-State Academic Team for New Jersey.

Each year, Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and two-year college presidents hold All-State Academic Team ceremonies in each participating state. The event, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), provides community college students statewide recognition from policymakers and legislators, as well as medallions and certificates, and in many cases, scholarships.

Keeny earned her associate’s degree in mathematics from Camden County College last year and has been a student at Drexel University for one term. A finance major at Drexel, she plans to work in treasury one day. “I am the first person in my family to graduate college, and I am very proud of that,” states Keeny, who attended the PTK event with her niece.

While earning her degree at CCC, Keeny was VP of leadership in Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the mathematics honor society, Alpha Nu Mu, as well as a volunteer for the AWA, Unforgotten Haven, and the MS society. She was also a Math and English tutor and maintained a job at Starbucks. Keeny won the prestigious Miller Mathematics Award for Excellence in Mathematics and the Rising Alumni Award and was on the permanent president’s list, as well as being named an ALL USA Academic Team candidate for PTK.

Claudia Jablonski will receive her associate’s degree in pre-nursing from CCC in May 2018, and will continue her studies at CCC in the Rutgers-Newark nursing program. Jablonski was a NJSTAR and a CCC Honors program student. She hopes to attain a master’s degree in the future.

Jablonski was VP of service for Phi Theta Kappa and a William G. Rohrer Charitable Foundation Transfer Scholarship recipient. Jablonski also spent every Friday for the past two years, volunteering at Jefferson Hospital.