Maricopa Community Colleges


2009 Feb 20

Maricopa Students Named to 2009 All-Arizona Academic Team

Members of the 2009 All-Arizona Academic Team—the top community college student scholars in the state—were honored with scholarships and tuition waivers to continue their education at the 15th annual event Feb. 19 at the Fiesta Inn convention center in Tempe.

Student scholars from all 10 Maricopa Community Colleges were among those honored for academic achievement, leadership, and service to the community during the luncheon and awards ceremony. In all, 23 of the 58 students were from the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. The rest were from community colleges throughout Arizona.

The annual event was created in the 1990s to recognize top scholars from Arizona’s community colleges who also are members of local chapters of the Phi Theta Kappa Society, the national community college honors organization.

Teams are divided into first, second and third place, with cash awards of $1,000 for those named to the first team, $750 for the second team and $500 for the third team. In addition, the Arizona Board of Regents provides all students tuition waivers to the Arizona state university of their choice.

First team members are also automatically eligible for the All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today and announced in April. Students named to the All-USA Academic Team are also awarded cash and are honored at the annual American Association of Community Colleges convention, which will be held this year in Phoenix.

Maricopa Community College students named to the first team were Nedd Anderson and Eric Thompson, Mesa Community College’s Southern & Dobson campus, Alexandra Bird of Rio Salado College, Ross Clarke of Phoenix College, Estee Dahan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus, Christopher Esteen of Estrella Mountain Community College, Miriam Gasca De Stone of Mesa Community College’s Red Mountain Campus, and Jacob Harris and Kaylen Miller of Paradise Valley Community College.

Maricopa students named to the second team were Christopher Alexander of CGCC’s Williams Campus, David Borsheim and Daniel da Silveira of Scottsdale Community College, Jennifer Holladay of MCC-Red Mountain, Nikita Rossow of Glendale Community College, Andrew Sapiens of South Mountain Community College, and Marina Vogt of Rio Salado’s Tempe Campus.

Maricopa students named to the third team were Isabel Gonzalez of CGCC-Pecos Campus, Miles Manning of SMCC, Jennifer Saltzman and Christina Xing of GateWay Community College, Shannon Whitney of PC, Annette Wilson of EMCC, and Alexa Yantas of GCC.

Bonnie Sneed, a 2002 All-Arizona first team recipient, Guistwhite Scholar and graduate of Scottsdale Community College, was the keynote speaker. She later graduated from Arizona State University, was executive director of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, and is now a member of the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board.

Scottsdale Community College Graduate Bonnie Sneed Addresses the 2009 All-Arizona Academic Team