Friday, June 2, 2023

Four Local College Students Earn Academic All-State Honors

SUNY Orange students Stephen Davis, Ashley Pomeroy, Michael Pungello and Scott Sablan were celebrated on Monday during the USA Today Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Awards in Albany, NY.

Presented by PTK, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges, the awards highlight the outstanding academic achievements by SUNY and CUNY students from throughout the state. All four SUNY Orange students were named to the second team all-academic team.

Sablan, who resides in Newburgh after moving from California, had previously focused solely on his career for 15 years before returning to college. Despite being a full-time virtual student and manager, he has excelled in his Business Administration program at SUNY Orange. In early March, he presented a research paper at the SUNY Orange Achievements in Research and Scholarship Conference.

In addition, Sablan plays the French horn in the SUNY Orange Orchestra and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania after graduation, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree.

Pomeroy, who moved from Delaware to Kerhonkson, NY after graduating from Indian River High School, is pursuing a career in the Dental Hygiene program at SUNY Orange. Pomeroy is also a member of the Honors Program and is passionate about advocating for others who may feel unheard.

Pungello, a biology student from Chester, plans to become a certified radiologist. He chose SUNY Orange for its proximity to home and its affordable tuition, as well as the excellent resources available on campus, including supportive professors, a variety of clubs and groups to join, and mental health resources. In high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Green Teen Club.

Davis resides in New Windsor and is pursuing a cyber security degree.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3.8 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 countries, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges.

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