EMCC, Maricopa scholars recognized for academic achievement and distinguished leadership
Twenty-six high-achieving students from Maricopa Community Colleges were celebrated for their outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership at the 2017 All-Arizona Academic Recognition Ceremony held March 9 at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa.
Phi Theta Kappa, American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, Arizona Board of Regents and USA TODAY help these exceptional students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to Arizona’s three universities: University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.
To be considered for an All-Arizona Academic Team, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing, be working on an associate degree, demonstrate leadership, and be involved on campus and/or volunteer in their communities.
Judging to select the recipients consisted of three rounds. In the first round, a group of local businesses, civic, education, and government leaders reviewed applications and chose the recipients of the award. Only two students are selected from each college campus. The selected recipients’ applications were then forwarded to Washington, D.C., for second and third rounds of judging and scoring by representatives from various federal agencies and national education associations. Those scores were used to rank the students for first, second, or third state teams. First Team members receive a $1,000 scholarship to one of Arizona’s state universities, Second Team members a $750 scholarship and Third Team members a $500 scholarship.
Estrella Mountain Community College: Ginny Boyle, Jake Ormond
Glendale Community College: Teresa Flores, Ashley Sneddon
Mesa Community College: Jessica Siegel, Zachary St. Martin
Paradise Valley Community College: Erika Leatherwood
Phoenix College: Michael Stark
Scottsdale Community College: Paige Thomas
South Mountain Community College: Solomon Desu, Wina Kurniawan
Chandler-Gilbert Community College: Adrian Ruiz, Yessica Avitia Santos, Rachel Torne
GateWay Community College: Arsenija Zlaticanin
Mesa Community College: Tyler Oakes, Kristin Shelledy
Phoenix College: Rebecka Cabrera
Rio Salado College: Elena Kalina
Chandler-Gilbert Community College: Danielle Jones
GateWay Community College: Brenda Perez
Glendale Community College: Austin Alexander-Gaona, Julien Morgan
Paradise Valley Community College: McGregor Everson
Rio Salado College: Diana Betts
Scottsdale Community College: Angelique Trezza
Two previous All-Arizona Academic Team members will deliver keynote addresses during the ceremony. Anthony Meza, a graduate student in the Professional Science Master’s Nanoscience program at Arizona State University, represented Northland Pioneer College during the 2013 All-Arizona ceremony. Rio Salado’s 2012 All-Arizona Academic Team member Jennifer Papworth, currently serves as the District Representative for Congressman Raul Grijalva.
Twenty students will be named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team from the state first teams. All-USA Team members are the nation’s top community college students. They will be featured in a spring global edition of USA TODAY and each will receive a $2,500 stipend, medallion, obelisk, and certificate. These recognitions are presented to students at a ceremony at the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) Annual Convention.
In addition, the Coca-Cola Foundation, along with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, recognizes the New Century Scholars. Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, receiving $1,500; 50 students will be named Silver Scholars, receiving $1,250; and 50 students will be named Bronze Scholars, receiving $1,000. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Scholars. All scholars also receive special medallions. The top scoring student in each of the 50 states will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a $2,000 stipend. New Century Scholars will also be recognized at the AACC Convention.
Additional information and photos of MCCCD All-Arizona Team members are available to download at www.maricopa.edu/all-arizona-academic-team.