More than 30 students honored at annual student awards ceremony on the Signal Peak Campus
COOLIDGE, Ariz. – More than 30 students and faculty were recognized for outstanding achievement during Central Arizona College’s Annual Student Awards Ceremony on its Signal Peak Campus.
The presentation was held on Wednesday, April 30, and was kicked off by the announcement of the Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year awards.
Sophomore Tim Steggall (Vacaville, CA/Justin-Siena H.S.) was chosen as the Male Student Athlete of the Year as he continues to lead the Vaquero baseball team toward a possible berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series.
In 58 games this season, Steggall is hitting a team-best .386 while also leading the club in runs scored (51), base hits (81), triples (7), total bases (115), hit by pitches (11) and stolen bases (24). He owns a .447 on-base percentage and a .548 slugging rate.
Steggall, who will continue his playing career at the University of Texas at Arlington next season, helped the Vaqueros sweep South Mountain Community College on May 1-2 as Central Arizona College advanced to the Regional Playoffs to play against Yavapai May 8-10.
The Female Student Athlete of the Year belonged to freshman guard Lonnie Sanchez (Phoenix, AZ/St. Mary’s H.S.), who helped lead the Vaquera basketball team to a 33-1 overall record and into the NJCAA Division I title game.
During her rookie year, Sanchez drilled 70 three-pointers and shot 44.6 percent from beyond the arc. She averaged 9.2 points per game and finished the season with 38 assists, 31 steals and 71 rebounds.
The communication division presented a pair of awards for English and speech communication during the ceremony. Jonathan Gill, a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School, won the English award for his outstanding creative writing, while Jared Grewe (Lincoln, NE/St. Pius X H.S.) earned the top honor for speech communication.
The Spirit Award belonged to Melissa Jackson (Tempe, AZ/McClintock), a hands-down winner for her involvement at Central Arizona College, while the Outstanding Art Student Award was presented to Jill Smith (Scottsdale, AZ/Coronado H.S.).
Students from the Casa Grande area took home a plethora of certificates on the afternoon, including Jason Sanborn (Casa Grande, AZ/Casa Grande Union H.S.) who was chosen the Outstanding Paramedic Student, and Christopher Adams (Casa Grande, AZ/Casa Grande Union H.S.), who received the Physical Science Outstanding Student Award.
Kathleen Whitmore, a resident of Casa Grande and a graduate of Mountain View High School, was presented with the Biological Sciences Outstanding Student Award. The Outstanding First Year Student went to Kristian Andrade (Casa Grande, AZ/Casa Grande Union H.S.).
Saralee Rodriguez (Casa Blanca, AZ/Ira Hayes H.S.) had a surprise when she received the Dora Vasquez Award directly from Vasquez, a current adviser to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.
The honor recognizes students who have overcome and made significant progress toward a personal or academic goal, as well as having displayed leadership, shown appreciation for diversity, become involved in the community, and promoted mutual respect.
Vasquez has served as an adviser to Napolitano since 2003. As the director of the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions, she manages the gubernatorial appointment process for more than 300 state boards, commissions and state agencies.
Two current Casa Grande residents originally from different parts of the United States claimed top awards during the ceremony. The Tutor of the Year went to Tracie Nicole Kent originally from Tennessee who is a graduate of Stewart County High School, while Jennifer Jack was chosen as one of CAC’s two Outstanding Nursing Students. She is a graduate of Marysville High School in Michigan.
Current Queen Creek resident Jeffrey Hewlette, a graduate of North Pontotoc High School in Mississippi, received the other Outstanding Nursing Student Award.
Jessica Angel (Ehrenberg, AZ/Parker H.S.) claimed the Outstanding Agricultural Student award, while the early care and education program recognized one its top students – Susan Camerlin (Tucson, AZ/Palo Verde H.S.) – with an award for excellence.
The cities of Florence and Coolidge also were represented during the ceremony. John Garcia (Florence, AZ/Florence H.S.) was named the Outstanding Student for Industrial Technology and Jose Ponce (Florence, AZ/Florence) was one of two students selected for the Outstanding Dietetic Technician Student honor. Christen Wiley also received the award.
The business department presented a pair of honors at the ceremony. Broderick Culver (Coolidge, AZ/Coolidge H.S.) claimed the Outstanding Business Student Award – CIS & Accounting, while Richard Dillard (Port Hueneme, CA/Hueneme H.S.) was selected as the Outstanding Business Student – Team Work and Leadership Skills.
Michael Evertsen (Forest City, PA/St. Rose Academy) was a double-winner at the ceremony. He was named the Outstanding Second Year Student and the Outstanding Honors Student.
Evertsen’s honors project on Walmart’s impact on his hometown in Pennsylvania was the subject of a front-page story in the Casa Grande Dispatch.
Raquel Gibson also was selected as an Outstanding Honors Student at Central Arizona College’s Signal Peak Campus.
Other award winners included:
Jeremy Britt - Outstanding Advanced Mathematics Student
Barbara Elliott - Outstanding General Mathematics Student
Heather Everson - Outstanding Music Student
Ronald Hemmerling - Outstanding EMT Student
Heather Moulton continued her trend of being a student favorite at the Signal Peak Campus. The professor of English was chosen as both the Club Sponsor of the Year and the Faculty of the Year.
A native of Southern California, Moulton taught in the Golden State at Palomar College in Oceanside and Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee for two years before being hired at Central Arizona College.
The current Arizona City resident earned an associate of arts degree from Chaffey College in 1996, a bachelor of arts in English from University of California at Riverside in 1999, and a master’s degree in literature and writing from California State University San Marcos in 2003.
Debbie Hansen was chosen as the Outstanding Student Employer of the Year, while T’Nea Rolle was picked as the Outstanding Student Employee of the Year.
Rolle received a gift card, dinner to Eva’s Mexican Restaurant and a plaque for her dedication to her position. Hansen was presented with an under the cabinet AM/FM radio/CD player, dinner to Mi Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant, and a plaque for her efforts.
All gifts were donated by local businesses.