CAC Students Selected for All-Arizona Academic Team

by Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing, Central Arizona College

Seven Central Arizona College students have been selected to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society All-Arizona Academic Team.

All-Arizona students demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends beyond the classroom to benefit society. Phi Theta Kappa and five more organizations help these students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to Arizona’s three state universities.


First Team Members ($1,000 scholarship)

Byron Kouris from the San Tan Campus, who currently serves as the CAC Student Government Association district president, is considering transferring to the University of Arizona to complete a degree in business administration and graduate work in the education field. 

As a student researcher, Skyler Wyly from the Signal Peak Campus is studying the application of a growth mindset in an academic setting. He plans to transfer to the University of Arizona in pursuit of a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology. 

Second Team Members ($750 scholarship)

Shae Lee Gray is the Phi Theta Kappa president at the Aravaipa Campus and serves as a math tutor. She will transfer to the University of Arizona and pursue a degree in computer science.

Julianna Juarez of the Signal Peak Campus is a National Society of Leadership and Success member and an active volunteer. She intends on transferring to the University of Arizona’s College of Psychology to earn a Master of Psychology degree. 

Third Team Members ($500 scholarship)

John Chapman (San Tan Campus) plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University to earn a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management and ultimately a master’s in business administration. He hopes to open and cook in his own restaurant.

Kimberly Reteguin (Maricopa Campus) will transfer to Arizona State University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with the goal of working in the forensic field to help solve criminal cases and bring justice.

Laryssa Torrez (Aravaipa Campus) hopes to transfer to the University of Arizona and complete a bachelor’s degree in the science of nursing and ultimately plans to further her education to become a nurse practitioner. 

Photo: Students as pictured left to right – Skyler Wyly, Byron Kouris, John Chapman, Julianna Juarez, Shae Lee Gray, Laryssa Torrez, Kimberly Reteguin