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Local students named to NJ All-State Academic Team

A Bayonne resident and a Jersey City resident were two of 38 chosen

Rimsha Bazaid (left) and Kailyn Segovia-Vazquez (right).

Kailyn Segovia-Vazquez, of Bayonne, and Rimsha Bazaid, of Jersey City, are among only 38 community college students who have been named members of the 2020 New Jersey All-State Academic Team, according to an announcement by The New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC).

Segovia-Vazquez was also named a Coca Cola Bronze Scholar and the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship.

The two are currently enrolled at Hudson County Community College (HCCC).

HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber said that each year the New Jersey Council of County Colleges recognizes students from each of the state’s community colleges for their commitment to scholarship, leadership, and service as members of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society. Beta Alpha Phi, the HCCC chapter of PTK, has earned the distinction of Five Star Chapter Status, Phi Theta Kappa’s highest level of recognition.

In March, Segovia-Vazquez and Bazaid were nominated for PTK All-USA Academic Team Scholarships awarded to high-achieving students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service.

“The entire Hudson County Community College family joins me in congratulating Kailyn and Rimsha,” Reber said. “Their academic achievements and service to our community are truly inspirational.”

Kailyn Segovia-Vazquez

Kailyn Segovia-Vazquez, 20, is a Bayonne resident who earned her HCCC Associate of Arts degree in Theatre Arts in December 2019. Her HCCC leadership activities included Honors Institute events and Honors in Action projects.

She also served as Theatre Club President, Co-Chair of the Honors Council, Design Editor for the Rhapsody newsletter, and Public Relations Coordinator and Treasurer for Phi Theta Kappa.

She’s worked closely with the Bayonne Nature Club and Hunger Free Bayonne. Today, she is a Presidential Scholar at New Jersey City University and is currently studying Biology, Entrepreneurship, and Theatre Arts.

Rimsha Bazaid

Rimsha Bazaid of Jersey City is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Assisting this month. She plans to transfer to New Jersey City University.

Bazaid served as Director of Community Service Outreach for the Student Government Association, Treasurer of Sigma Kappa Delta, and Vice-President of Phi Theta Kappa, HCCC Student Success Program mentor, as well as a volunteer for Earth Keepers and Hunger Free Bayonne.

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