Superstition Mountain Campus awards ceremony celebrates student accomplishments

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. – The annual awards luncheon at Central Arizona College’s Superstition Mountain Campus recognized the best and the brightest students from the northern part of Pinal County on Thursday, May 1, at the Apache Junction location.

And it wasn’t just the traditional college-aged students receiving honors.

There was Sandi Portada (Mesa, AZ/Coronado H.S.), a resident in the East Valley city for 40 years who was presented the Medical Transcription Award.

There was Dona Washington (Mesa, AZ/Mountain View H.S.), another non-traditional student and longtime area resident who returned to school and was named the Outstanding Early Care Education Student.

And then there was Elizabeth Colon (Apache Junction, AZ/Apache Junction H.S.), a local high school senior who received a certificate of appreciation for her tutoring work in the Learning Center.

Each year Central Arizona College’s three campuses sponsor an awards ceremony honoring students at the institution’s largest locations.

In addition to Colon, Learning Center certificates of appreciation were given to Tallyn Rhoades (Mesa, AZ/Red Mountain H.S.), Brandon Boatman (Apache Junction, AZ/Apache Junction H.S.) and Devin Fraley (Gilbert, AZ/Mesquite High School H.S.).

Jeff Ross, the retiring professor of English on the Superstition Mountain Campus, presented Best Composition Writer Award to Rebecca Mohn and Sherry Paul, two Apache Junction natives who are graduates of Apache Junction High School.

The Outstanding Mathematics Student – General Mathematics went to Phoenix native and Apache Trail High School graduate Je’Don Lopez, while the Advanced Mathematics award was presented to Sarah Ree.

Central Arizona College’s diverse health careers curriculum announced 11 winners at the luncheon. In addition to Portada, Jeffrey Hibbing (Chandler, AZ/Dobson) was the top student in the radiologic technology program.

Other top health careers students included:

  • Araceli Cortez (Medical Assistant)
  • Taya Guenther (Massage Therapy)
  • Kathy Kersten (Health Information Technology)
  • Chandra Mayer (Nurse Assistant)
  • Courtney Ramirez (Massage Therapy)
  • Connie Simon (Professional Coder)
  • Stacy Smith (Nurse Assistant)
  • Shauna Tuleya (Pharmacy Technician)
  • Barb Wimmett (Health Information Technology)

Leslie Alexander presented a recap of Phi Theta Kappa – Alpha Theta Delta Chapter activities at SMC and announced that Damon Borg was chosen as the Outstanding Officer and Jacob DeWall was named the Outstanding Member for 2007-08.

Madrina Coyle was cited for Special Contributions to Chapter Fund-raising by a Member and Phylicia Mason was honored for Special Contributions to Chapter Enrichment by an Officer.

The new officers for 2008-09 featured:

  • Adam Butts (Tomah, WI/Tomah H.S.) – President & Southern District Vice President
  • Kelly Lintecum (Tempe, AZ/Gilbert H.S.) - Vice President
  • Damon Borg – Secretary
  • Jacob DeWall - Treasurer
  • Samantha Genet – Public Relations

Lyndee Goetz (Apache Junction, AZ/Apache Junction H.S.) and Jessica Bowman Forrester (Australia) received their medallions for earning a place on the All-Arizona Academic Team.

Bowman Forrester and Lintecum were named the Outstanding Honor Students.

Goetz, who served as the student commencement speaker at the Superstition Mountain Campus, completed her Central Arizona College career by becoming a Guistwhite Scholar this year; winning the Wayne Gerkin Scholarship during the Pinal County Town Hall; and earning recognition as an honors assistant.


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