26 Maricopa Community College Students Named to All-Arizona Academic Teams

At its 19th Annual All-Arizona Academic Awards Luncheon, the Phi Theta Kappa organization honored 73 academic all-stars from Arizona Community Colleges including 26 from the Maricopa Community Colleges.

To be eligible for the award, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, be in good academic standing, be working toward an associate's degree, demonstrate leadership, and interact with their community as a college ambassador.

Students selected as Academic All-Stars in their state are also eligible to be chosen as a national scholar, which includes a feature in USA Today each spring and eligibility for additional scholarships.

1st Team
Lisette Borja - Estrella Mountain Community College
Shawnie Cahuya - Rio Salado College
Cristian Castro - South Mountain Community College
Michelle Kemeny - Mesa Community College
Sona Malakyan - Gateway Community College
Heather Smyth - Mesa Community College
Kibreab Solomon - Phoenix College
Rebecca Velez - Glendale Community College

2nd Team
Roberta Albinda - Rio Salado College
Sarah Hernandez - Phoenix College
Federica Interrante - Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Linzey Leinart - Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Megan Oleno - Paradise Valley Community College
Jeremy Russeau - South Mountain Community College
Joe Schiavo - Chandler-Gilbert Community College

3rd Team
Nathan Barba - Estrella Mountain Community College
Bryeanna Kelley - Glendale Community College
Krista Lawless - Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Cristian Martinez - Glendale Community College
Ryan McConnaughy - Mesa Community College
Mykaela McFall - Glendale Community College
Zachary Mihalevich - Paradise Valley Community College
Krystal Moody - Scottsdale Community College
Lindsay Tabit - Gateway Community College
Cortni Yorba-Moore - Mesa Community College
Loren Zillman - Scottsdale Community College

About Phi Theta Kappa
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community College system is one of the largest in the nation. We are 10 regionally accredited colleges: Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain (and SouthWest Skill Center), GateWay (and Maricopa Skill Center), Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain; the system also includes satellite campuses and business/industry, technical and customized training institutes Valley-wide.