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Oluwadamisi (Kay) Atanda

College: Queensborough Community College
Awards: Phi Theta Kappa All-New York First Team and Coca-Cola Silver Scholar, 2012

Outstanding Student

Oluwadamisi "Kay" Atanda (Queensborough Community College, A.A. in liberal arts and sciences, 2012) 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.

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.

Atanda received a $1,250 scholarship and a medallion.

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

Atanda was 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, Atanda was named to the 2011 Dean's List and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. He was president of Queensborough's Student Government Association and was a member of the Mock Trial Team. His community involvement includes interning for New York State Assemb. David Weprin in 2011.

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