Asnuntuck Community College has announced their recipients of the 2021 All-CT Academic Team, including the state’s New Century Workforce Scholar, and the students selected as Dream Scholars for Achieving the Dream.


Asnuntuck students Sally Dejesus, Miriam (Haru) Hintz, Deanna Savoir and Vincent Walter were all named to the All-CT 2021 Academic Team.


Northwestern Connecticut Community College Professors Todd M. Bryda and Crystal Wiggins will host a virtual All-CT program/ceremony on April 16th. The ceremony has traditionally been held at the State Capitol. The COVID pandemic required the change to a virtual ceremony. Professor Bryda serves as the coordinator for Connecticut’s program.


Sally DeJesus, a business administration/general studies student hopes to pursue a career as an Administrative Assistant, has also been named the state’s 2021 New Century Workforce Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. An officer in Asnuntuck’s Student Government Association, Sally is also a member of the college’s Alpha Lambda Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society.


She is also a graduate of Asnuntuck’s Women’s Leadership Institute. Her team, in the Leadership program, partnered with Access Health to help share affordable health insurance information with students.


This scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale as they plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


New Century Workforce Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was selected from each state.


“We congratulate Sally for receiving this prestigious scholarship, and we are honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation to recognize her outstanding achievements,” said Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner. “Scholarship programs like this are integral for creating opportunities for students to succeed as they prepare to enter the workforce and for putting college completion within reach.”


The New Century Workforce Scholars will be recognized in the fall.


Vincent Walter, inducted into PTK, is majoring in Advanced Welding and has been certified in vertical and overhead welding for two different processes. He has already been hired as a fabrication technician.


Deanna Savoir is a business major at Asnuntuck. A member of Asnuntuck’s PTK chapter, Deanna is hoping to use the information she learned from her degree to open her own business that will assist artists. Deanna is a graduate of the college’s Women’s Leadership Institute as well. Her project involved helping women in Simbawanga, Tanzania. She is the first of 11 grandchildren in her family to pursue a degree.  


Miriam Hintz is enrolled in the Registered Medical Assistant at Asnuntuck is also a member of the college’s PTK chapter. The membership has helped her receive scholarships and has helped her gain leadership skills. She participated in the college’s Campus Activities Board, Cosplay Club and Fit Club as the President, and works 2 jobs in addition to participating in an externship. She is also the virtual creator and technical coordinator for the Women’s Leadership Institute during the pandemic. Looking forward, after she graduates from Asnuntuck, she is hoping to continue her education to become a Registered Nurse or Physician’s Assistant.


Asnuntuck students Mackenzie O’Kanos and All-CT Transfer recipient Miriam Hintz were nominated by staff and faculty to represent ACC as Dream Scholars for Achieving the Dream.  They were both awarded a $500 scholarship from the foundation for being selected to represent Asnuntuck.


Makenzie O’Kanos has been attending ACC since the Spring of 2018 and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. In addition to being chosen as ACC’s DREAM Scholar representative, she also won third honorable mention in the 2020 Freshwater Literary Journal.