The New Jersey Council of County Colleges honored New Jersey's 35 best and brightest community college students and their families at its 19th annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 2, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel. Honorees included Derya Demirtas and Chelsea Sullivan.

Each year, the Council hosts this program to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the New Jersey Education Association. Students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievement and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges. Sussex County Community College student Derya Demirtas of Branchville received a $1,500 scholarship for being named Coca-Cola Foundation All-USA Gold Medalist Scholar. She was one of three students selected to give an address at the celebration.
Chelsea Sullivan, who in addition to her membership in PTK is president of the Sussex County Community College Student Government Association, was also honored at the celebration. Both Derya and Chelsea were named to The 2013 All-New Jersey Academic Team. Derya maintained a 4.0 grade point average as a Liberal Arts major and is a 2011 graduate of Pope John XXIII Regional High School. Chelsea maintained a 3.65 grade point average as a Liberal Arts/Political Science Option major and is a 2010 graduate of Wallkill Valley Regional High School.   
Harold Damato, SCCC’s Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs noted, “We are extremely proud of both Derya and Chelsea and their academic achievements.  Beyond their impressive academic credentials, their service to our college and the community reflects the highest ideals of Sussex County Community College.  We are confident in their success as they move on to four-year institutions and successful careers.”