Four Central Arizona College Students Earn All-Arizona Academic Honors

By Angela Askey, Director of Marketing

Four of Central Arizona College’s outstanding students have been selected to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society All-Arizona Academic Team.

The All Arizona Academic Team awards are positive collaboration between Arizona's community colleges and the state universities in providing educational opportunities for students.

Nathaniel Bush (Superstition Mountain Campus) and David Rowlands (Aravaipa Campus) were awarded First Team honors and each received a $1,000 scholarship. Soccorro Carrillo (Maricopa Campus) and William Gray (Signal Peak Campus) were chosen as Third Team members and were granted $500 scholarships each.

The awards were announced at the All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony held at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa on Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, community college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to the All-State Academic Team. Ranking on the All-State team is determined by the student's score in the national competition. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.

Recipients are also eligible for full tuition scholarships to any of state’s three public universities: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or the University of Arizona.

Nathaniel Bush - First Team (Superstition Mountain Campus)

Bush, holds a 4.0 grade point average and plans to transfer to Arizona State University to pursue a liberal arts degree. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, bush has served as Vice President of the college project and publicity coordinator for the Superstition Mountain Student Leadership Organization. His career goal is to “help those who have lost themselves to find themselves again.” He was named the Outstanding first year student for CAC for the 2013-2014 academic year.

David Rowlands - First Team (Aravaipa Campus)

Rowlands, a resident from San Manuel, AZ holds a 3.92 grade point average. He has been on the dean’s list for four consecutive semesters, and was named outstanding general science student in spring 2014 for the Aravaipa Campus and Outstanding First Year Student in spring 2013. In addition to his work with Phi Theta Kappa on campus, Rowlands volunteers at the San Manuel Library and San Manuel Rotary Club. He plans to transfer to the University of Arizona to become a biotechnology researcher.

Socorro Carrillo - Third Team (Maricopa Campus)

With a career goal of becoming a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, Carrillo plans to transfer to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School to major in Journalism and International Affairs.

Carrillo was CAC’s Student of the Month in March 2014. She was also named Most Engaged Student of the Year and recognized as an Exemplary Woman of Pinal County. She has served as the Student Leadership Organization President, a Relay for Life Committee Member and is a staff writer for The Cactus Student Newspaper.

William Gray - Third Team (Signal Peak Campus)

During his time at CAC, Gray has completed the Honors Colloquium I and II and Honors Seminar I. He has served as a tutor for the Title V program and is a member of the STEM Club. He also spends many hours volunteering his time at church. Gray plans to transfer to Arizona State University to major in mechanical engineering.

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