Following Sister’s Lead, Bucks Graduate Named to National Academic Team
Jonathan Webster makes All-USA and All-Pa. Academic Teams, one year after sister won accolades; Brian Engstrom and Kendall Mosser also named to All-Pa. Academic Team.
Jonathan Webster followed in his younger sister’s footsteps when he came to Bucks. Like Kathryn Webster, he maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and became active on campus while volunteering off campus.
And like his sister, he was one of only 20 students nationwide selected for the All-USA Community College Academic Team by USA Today and Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Kathryn earned the prestigious honor just last year.
Jonathan Webster was also named to PTK’s All-Pennsylvania Academic Team, and was named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, an award given to the top student among the 45 named to the all-state team. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities, and how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
“My sister and I actually started at Bucks at the same time. She started to take classes in her senior year of high school and I started after I graduated from high school,” said Webster, who was home-schooled with his sister. “She inspired me to apply for the PTK academic team awards. I didn’t think I had as much of a chance of winning as Kathryn did, and I was amazed when I was told that I had won.”
It’s the fourth time a student from Bucks County Community College received the national honor. Webster picked up the $2,500 scholarship April 23 during the American Association of Community Colleges annual convention in San Francisco. He also received a $2,000 scholarship as a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar, and a full scholarship from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education as a member of the All-Pa. Academic Team.
The 22-year-old Middletown Township resident maintains a YouTube channel, DuctTapeStuff, in which he demonstrates crafts using the versatile tape. Launched in 2008 with a handful of subscribers, Webster said the channel took off after he started taking business courses at Bucks.
“It wasn’t until I started at Bucks in the fall of 2009 and learned how to fully utilize Web 2.0 tools in Kelly Sell’s class and took Charles Beem’s marketing class that I was able to expand my channel and develop it into what it is today,” said Webster, who graduates May 23 with an associate degree in business administration. “I currently have more than 55,000 subscribers who watch 413 videos with 13.6 million views. Bucks gave me the knowledge and freedom to pursue my passion and work towards my degree at the same time.”
Webster plans to transfer to Holy Family University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and then pursue a master’s degree.
Two other Bucks students were also named to PTK’s All-Pennsylvania Academic team – Brian Engstrom and Kendall Mosser – for their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom.
Engstrom (pictured, right) majored in business administration at Bucks and will transfer to the University of Delaware to study economics. The 20-year-old Doylestown resident, who eventually hopes to earn a Ph.D., served as a vice president for PTK, was active in the Eco Club, and tutored students in math and economics. He also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity at its ReStore shop in Chalfont.
Mosser (pictured, left), a 22-year-old Sellersville resident who is graduating with an associate degree in liberal arts, plans to transfer to a university to major in social work. Her passion for helping others came through in her work with the Upper Bucks Campus chapters of Habitat for Humanity, the Community Volunteer Corps, and Students Planning Activities.