Central Arizona College Students Earn All-Arizona Academic Honors

by Angela Askey, Executive Director Public Relations and Marketing

Five outstanding students from Central Arizona College 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, the American Association of Community Colleges, Arizona Community Colleges, the Arizona Board of Regents and the Follett Higher Education Group help these students reach their educational goals by awarding scholarships and issuing tuition waivers to any of Arizona’s three state universities: Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University or the University of Arizona.

Jayden Riedel (Superstition Mountain Campus) received a $750 scholarship as a Second Team scholar. He plans to transfer to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

Arcelia Avechuco-Lopez (Aravaipa Campus), Sylvester Howard III (San Tan Campus), Michaela Korges (Signal Peak Campus) and Kelly Myszewski (Maricopa Campus) were named Third Team members, and each was granted a $500 scholarship.

Avechuco-Lopez will major in communications at the University of Arizona. Howard and Myszewski will transfer to Arizona State University. Howard’s goal is to obtain a master’s degree in sports business and start his own sports academy for young athletes. Myszewski plans to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science (Dietetics) and a master’s degree in counseling. Korges will attend Northern Arizona University to earn a Bachelor of Humanities degree and hopes to further her education at the University of Arizona to receive a master’s degree in library science.

Nathaniel Bush, a CAC graduate and 2015 First Team Scholar was the keynote speaker at the All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony held at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, Arizona in February 2019, where he spoke about transformation. Bush graduated with honors from CAC in 2015. A full-time student at Arizona State University, he maintains a 4.0 GPA and is on track to be awarded a Master of Social Work this May, achieving this milestone while working full-time as a primary therapist at a Fountain Hills Recovery Center and interning 16 hours weekly.