Two CCC students chosen for All-Arizona Academic Team

Kadie Radics (Left), Tara Bubbico (Right)


FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Two Coconino Community College students have been chosen for the 2017 All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship.


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


Tara Bubbico and Kadie Radics received the honor from CCC. Bubbico will be graduating in May, and Radics completed the requirements for her associate degree in December.


“It’s a great honor,” Bubbico said. “It means all of the hard work is being acknowledged.”


Radics said, “It means that I have served a community that has done a lot for me.”


The recipients of the honor are recognized for their academic excellence and their service commitments to the college and the community. Bubbico and Radics were involved in several projects that included: a homeless clothing drive, a Giving Tree during the Christmas season for the children of victims of domestic violence, and an Honors in Action Project, called “Mirror, Mirror,” which helped to increase awareness of the media’s influence on negative body image.


“I want to make a difference,” Bubbico said. “I want to not only make a difference but create a place where people can go to make a difference.”


After she receives her Associate of Science degree from CCC, Bubbico, who is a CCC2NAU student, will transition to Northern Arizona University to work toward a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.


Bubbico and Radics are both members of the Beta Gamma Chi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Bubbico has served a number of roles in PTK, including chapter president during the 2016-17 school year. Radics also made her presence known around CCC by working as a Peer Advisor, an office assistant for TRiO Support Services, and administrative assistant for the CCC2NAU program.


Radics said the honor is an expression of thanks for the work she has done, which means the world to her because the accomplishment is concrete proof that she followed through on her promises she made after high school. She is a first-generation American and college student.


“It means a lot to not let my dad down, because he risked a lot coming here,” Radics said. “I’m happy to make him proud. Education means a lot to a lot of people, but to a first-generation American, it means, ‘I did it.’”


The students were honored at the All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony in Phoenix on Thursday, March 9, 2017. The event celebrates the outstanding academic achievements and distinguished leadership of students enrolled in Arizona’s community colleges.


Every year, each of Arizona’s community colleges nominate two students per campus to the International PTK organization, where students are judge based on a 3.50 GPA or higher, good academic standing while working toward an associate 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 students for the state team. First team members receive a $1,000 scholarship, second team members a $750 scholarship, and third team members a $500 scholarship.


Out of the students nominated this year, several 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.

Thursday, 9th March 2017

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  • Thursday, 9th March 2017