Chemistry Student Is In Her Element, Earns State Award

Washington resident Breighanna Gonzalez earned multiple honors recently for her work as a Chemistry major.

When it comes to chemistry, Washington resident Breighanna Gonzalez clearly knows her stuff.

Graduating from Warren County Community College with a 4.0 GPA in May, Gonzalez was honored with the WCCC Foundation Director’s Award for Student Achievement.

For those who know Gonzalez, there is no surprise here. And while her GPA is top of the line, she was clearly at the head of the class with anything to do with chemistry. Her efforts were not only recognized by WCCC, but on a statewide level, as well.

Earlier this spring, Gonzalez was recognized by the New Jersey Institute of Chemists at its 65th Annual Awards Dinner. Gonzalez was one of only 14 statewide college recipients and only one of two from community colleges.

“It was something I was working towards,” she acknowledged.

Nominated by her professor, Dr. Alois Hamsl, those at WCCC knew there was no argument that Gonzalez deserved the honor.

“Breighanna really made WCCC proud,” said Samir Elbassiouny, Executive Director of the WCCC Foundation. “She was an obvious choice for us, and it’s no surprise that the state felt the same way.”

“I was very pleased to have been nominated,” said Gonzalez, who plans on continuing her education at the highly regarded New Jersey Institute of Technology this fall. “I thought I could do it.”

And she certainly did.

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