by Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Five 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 a positive collaboration between Arizona’s community colleges and the state universities to provide educational opportunities for students.

Cheyenne Dickey (Aravaipa Campus), Justin Huxel (Signal Peak Campus) and Dominic Savana (Maricopa Campus) were awarded First Team honors and each received a $1,000 scholarship. Thao Nguyen (San Tan Campus) was named a Second Team member and received a $750 scholarship. Edna Garcia (Superstition Mountain Campus) was chosen as a Third Team member and was granted a $500 scholarship.

The awards were announced at the All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony held at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa on Thursday, March 9.

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.

Cheyenne Dickey (Aravaipa Campus) – First Team 

Dickey plans to transfer to Arizona State University. She plans to earn her master’s degree in special education with a minor in psychology to become a behavior analyst.

Justin Huxel (Signal Peak Campus) – First Team 

As a student, Huxel has been involved at CAC as a tutor and served as the finance and appropriations officer for student leadership. Huxel plans to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in materials science and engineering at Arizona State University.

Dominic Savana (Maricopa Campus) – First Team

Savana is a special education major who holds a 4.0 grade point average. He plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in special education and to earn an advanced degree with a specialization in autism.

Thao Nguyen (San Tan Campus) – Second Team 

Nguyen plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in actuarial science at Arizona State University within the next two years and become an actuary in the insurance market.

Edna Garcia (Superstition Mountain Campus) – Third Team

Garcia plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with an emphasis in animation at Grand Canyon University and become an animator. She hopes one day to be able to work at an animation studio such as Disney or Pixar.