Central Arizona College Students Chosen as Graduation Speakers
By Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing
Alejandra Cano, a student at the Central Arizona College Superstition Mountain Campus and Audrey Bimbi from the Signal Peak Campus have been chosen as the student speakers for the CAC District Graduation. The ceremony is scheduled for Fri., May 13 on the green at the Signal Peak Campus (8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ.)
Cano and Bimbi were bestowed this honor through a nomination process. Each was nominated based on their commitment to academic excellence, community service and involvement at the college.
Cano has served as the correspondence coordinator this past year for the Superstition Mountain Campus Student Leadership Club and serves as the Phi Theta Kappa District President for CAC. She also is active in the honors program and worked as a student employee. She maintains a high grade point average and is enrolled in nearly the maximum number of credits the college allows. Outside of CAC, Cano provides care for her grandmother, volunteers at a women’s clinic and works for a non-profit agency that provides services to those suffering from substance abuse. She will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.
Derek Shank, Director of Advising Services described Cano’s motivation to serve others, “This desire to help others is guided through her past experiences as a child; her current experiences as a scholar, community member, mother, and wife; and future experiences as a researcher or practitioner in the health field.” He added, “I know that she will achieve success in her life that will help her, her family, and the community at large because of her inherent personal drive and focus upon helping others/society.”
Bimbi held two officer positions for Phi Theta Kappa and participated in multiple events, including conferences and field trips, across the district. In addition to being an honors student, she served as a Residence Hall Advisor and student writer for The Cactus. She volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, participated in road clean-ups and completed a walk for Autism research. Bimbi received first team honors as an All-Arizona Academic Team member earlier this year. She holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to transfer to either Arizona State University or the University of Arizona to pursue a government/political science degree to achieve her goal of becoming an attorney.
Carol Johnson, Honors Director/Professor stated, “Audrey’s skills as noted by her professors include: complex responses, ability to connect abstract ideas, open-mindedness, thinking with alternative systems of thought, critical insight, respectful yet challenging to others, compassionate and nurturing.” She added, “I agree with these assessments. In Honors, she chose to study the complete Broken Window sociological theory for her research project. I believe this is an excellent example of her current and future commitment and seriousness to her education.”