Oluwadamisi "Kay" Atanda Named to Phi Theta Kappa All-New York First Team; Coca-Cola Silver Scholar

Published: April 06, 2012

Oluwadamisi Atanda (pictured above, far left), a student at Queensborough Community College, has won membership on the prestigious First Team of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team and is a 2012 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.

Lee-Kon Chen, also a Queensborough student, won membership on the Third Team of the Phi Theta Kappa All-New York Academic Team.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing more than $180,000 in scholarships annually. The international honor society Phi Theta Kappa administers the program and recognizes the scholars during ceremonies nationwide.

Oluwadamisi Atanda, known to his friends as “Kay,” is to receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,250 and a special medallion.

“To be chosen from a pool of so many deserving students is a humbling and exciting experience,” said Kay. “I am inspired to set my academic and career goals even higher.”

Kay served as student body president at his high school in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was raised. He moved to the United States in 2010 in pursuit of quality higher education. A liberal arts major, Kay was named to the 2011 Dean’s List and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa. He is president of Queensborough’s Student Government Association and a member of the Mock Trial Team. His community involvement includes interning for New York State Assemblyman David I. Weprin in 2011.

Upon receiving his associate degree from Queensborough, Kay plans to continue his studies in political science and international relations at a four-year college. He aspires to one day become Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Lee-Kon Chen, president of the Lambda Sigma Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa at Queensborough, says she chose nursing in order to become “the best patient advocate I can be.”  Her hope is to bring quality and altruistic nursing care to patients as she aids them on their path to recovery. 

“Both Kay and Lee-Kon are wonderful students who exemplify scholarly achievement and outstanding leadership skills—both on campus and in the community,” said Dr. Diane B. Call, Interim President of Queensborough Community College. “We are extremely proud that their talents and hard work have been recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, the most prestigious honor society in the country.”

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