Two CCC students selected for All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarships

CCC Students Rachel Soumokil, left and Alexa Greer show off their All-Arizona Academic Team awards with members of the CCC District Governing Board, from left to right, Nat White, Marie Peoples, Patrick Hurley and Patricia Garcia.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Two Coconino Community College students have been recognized for the prestigious 2016 All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship.

This scholarship provides free tuition for 60 credit hours at the recipient's choice of one of three state universities: University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University.

Alexa Greer and Rachel Soumokil have both been recognized as All-Arizona Academic Team members (second team). The two CCC students are both graduating in May and will be attending University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University in the fall respectively.

Greer (4.00 GPA) is currently torn between advancing in Sociology to become a professor or to become an entrepreneur.

"Social justice is a huge part of who I am," Greer said.

In regard to her recent success, Greer added, "Check your blind spots, which means think about the things that you've done that you're not giving yourself credit for."

As a professor, Greer would like to play "this role of being a community facilitator and help educate people on important things that I think impact everybody and can make or break a community in terms of quality of life."

Greer will be attending the PTK Nerdnation pre-conference in Washington, D.C. on April 6-10 where she will be giving a speech in front of 4,000 people and participating in a live interview to try and get elected into the PTK international office.

Soumokil (3.92 GPA), said, "The short term goal is to get through the RN program and become a registered nurse, and the long term goal is to open a nonprofit birthing center."

Soumokil said that she never planned on going to college. However, after her experience at CCC and involvement in Phi Theta Kappa, she made different plans.

"The tuition waiver opens doors," Soumokil said.

The All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony took place on March 3 in Phoenix. The event celebrates the outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership of students enrolled in Arizona's community colleges.

Every year, each community college can nominate two students per campus to the International Phi Theta Kappa organization where students are judged based on a 3.50 GPA or higher, good academic standing while working toward an associate's degree, and involvement in campus and community volunteer work.

Judging consists of three rounds, with the second and third rounds held in Washington, D.C. Scores from the national competition are used to rank the student for the state team. First team members will receive a $1,000 scholarship, second team members a $750 scholarship, and third team members a $500 scholarship.

Out of the 75 students nominated this year, 20 students will be named to the All-USA Community College Academic Team. Team members are the nation's top community college students who are awarded $2,500 in stipends, a medallion, obelisk, certificate, and are featured in a spring global edition of USA Today.

In addition, the Coca-Cola Foundation, along with the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation recognizes the New Century Scholar; awards 50 students the Gold Scholar with $1,500, awards another 50 students as Silver Scholars with $1,250; and 50 students as Bronze Scholars with $1,000. The top scoring student in each state named a New Century Scholar will receive a $2,000 stipend which will be presented at the AACC Convention.

About Coconino Community College

Student success is the heart and purpose of Coconino Community College. CCC provides affordable tuition and a wide variety of certificates and degrees including career/technical programs with nearly 50 certificate programs and two-year associate degrees in various fields including nursing, fire science, law enforcement and business. The award-winning CCC2NAU program provides an innovative way to smooth a student's path toward a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University with tailored advisement and institutional collaboration, including access to amenities at NAU.

Since 1991, CCC has served residents across 18,000 square miles of Coconino County. CCC has helped create the region's skilled workforce, which is improving overall health, safety and the economy in the region. Today, CCC serves more than 7,500 students per year with two campuses in Flagstaff.

CCC reaches out to the more rural portions of the County including Williams, the Grand Canyon/Tusayan, Page/Lake Powell, Fredonia, Tuba City and other remote areas on the Navajo, Hopi and Supai Tribal Lands. Instructional sites offer classes through online, in-person and Interactive Television classes to meet the needs of students in these rural and remote areas. Nearly 25 percent of CCC's students are Native American learners.


Wednesday, 6th April 2016 12:00 AM

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