Genesee Community College Student, Kristina Marchese,

Kristina M. Marchese, a sophomore at Genesee Community College, has been named the New York State New Century Scholar for 2005, the first time in the College's history to have one of its students earn this significant recognition. To achieve this state-wide honor, Ms. Marchese, a member Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, competed and placed in the national All-USA Academic Team.

Through a highly competitive application process which included an extensive essay writing component, she placed in Team 2 of the ALL-USA Academic Team for Community Colleges in 2004-2005, a program sponsored by USA Today and PTK. In the 2005 All-New York Academic Team, sponsored by New York Community College Trustees, the Association of Presidents of Public Community Colleges, Faculty Council of Community Colleges and PTK, Ms. Marchese was ranked in Team 1. With her spirited application and compelling essays, she earned the highest score among all the New York State finalists, thus earning the title of 2005 New York State New Century Scholar.

While studying at Genesee Community College under a President's Scholarship, Kristina has maintained a 4.0 cumulative average, and she has been enrolled in the College's Honor's program, which provides interdisciplinary studies to students with superior potential, and encourages creativity and academic excellence through original projects and assignments. With her dedication to and enthusiasm for human service, Kristina introduced her Honor's Program classmates to Vive La Casa, a shelter for refugees in Buffalo, NY. Together, the students initiated several important contributions to Vive, including a revitalized Nurse's Office with fresh paint and curtains, and a small library with several hundred donated books.

Ms. Marchese is a member of the Genesee Community College Association, and before being elected as student representative to the Board of Trustees she was a senator for the College's Student Government Association. She was the Employee of the Month at the Genesee Area Family YMCA in March 2004, and also Genesee Community College's Student of the Month in February 2004, acknowledging her activities in both community and academic environments. Kristina's additional voluntary service has included the College's Adaptive Physical Education program, the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, and being a candy striper at United Memorial Medical Center. She also served as a counselor for summer day camp at the YMCA.

"I am pleased to have been able to make a contribution to my community," Ms. Marchese said. "As I graduate and look into the future-possibly with a career in pharmaceuticals or medicine-I will always remember the terrific foundation Genesee Community College provided and always be proud to call Genesee County my home."

Kristina lives with her parents, Diane and Russ Marchese in Batavia, New York and graduated from Elba High School. She is planning to transfer into the biological sciences or pharmacy programs at either the University of Buffalo or Binghamton University.

All 50 New Century Scholars, one from each state, receive a $2,000 monetary reward. The New Century Scholar's program is sponsored annually by the American Association of Community Colleges, The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Coca-Cola Scholar's Foundation, and Phi Theta Kappa. For a complete listing of all the Scholars and further information about the program, go to:

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