Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake Students Named to Tri-C All-Ohio Academic Team

Seven students from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) — including Nigmeh Abusbeih-Salti of Rocky River, Aswin Bikkani of Westlake and Hannah Kiraly of Lakewood — were named to the All-Ohio Community College Academic Team.

The All-Ohio Academic Team comprises top students at the state’s two-year schools and recognizes student excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Fifty-three students from across the state were selected for this year’s team on the basis of their outstanding records.

Tri-C had more students named All-Ohio than any other school.

“The All-Ohio results are indicative of Tri-C’s focus on academic excellence and the caliber of students that walk through our doors,” said Craig Foltin, the College’s interim executive vice president of academic and learning success.

Abusbeih-Salti, who attends Tri-C’s Westshore Campus in Westlake, received third-team honors. She is pursuing her Associate of Arts degree at the College, and after graduation plans to transfer to Cleveland State University to pursue a career as a school psychologist. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and serves as a volunteer tutor in math, English, science, Arabic and Quran.

Bikkani, who received third-team honors, participated in the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program at Tri-C’s Westshore Campus and received both his Associate of Arts and Associate of Science in December — six months prior to his high school graduation. He serves as president of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Westshore. In the fall, Bikkani plans to attend a four-year college to pursue a career as a physician.

Kiraly received first-team honors and was named Ohio’s New Century Scholar after posting the state’s top application score among nominees. She will graduate from Tri-C in ay with an Associate of Arts and intends to continue her studies in sustainable agriculture at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Kiraly spent the past year as president of the Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Western Campus in Parma and competed for the College’s cross country and track teams.

Abusbeih-Salti, Bikkani and Kiraly joined the following Tri-C students — designated by campus — as All-Ohio:

  • Eastern Campus: La’Vette Edgerson of Cleveland (third team) and Charmane Osborne of Shaker Heights (third team)
  • Metropolitan Campus: Faith Fatokun of Elyria (first team)
  • Western Campus: Marc Carranza of Strongsville (third team)

First-team winners will receive $1,000 scholarships, while third-team students get $250 scholarships. A recognition program for team members will be held in Columbus on April 23 during Community College Month.

The All-Ohio Academic Team program is supported by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.