Gcc Students Make Academic Team

Scholars earn two-year college tuition waivers

Tesia Smith and Joshua Ellis pose with their All-Arizona commemorative medallions at the All-Arizona Academic Team Luncheon.

Tesia Smith and Joshua Ellis pose with their All-Arizona commemorative medallions at the All-Arizona Academic Team Luncheon.

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Two Gila Community College students were honored Feb. 19 at the All-Arizona Academic Team luncheon in Mesa, along with 71 other students from Arizona’s community colleges.

Tesia Smith and Joshua Ellis were part of an elite group of Arizona community college students who earned spots on the 18th Annual All-Arizona Academic Team. They were chosen for recognition based on their academic achievement, leadership and service to the community.

Both students received a citation from Gov. Jan Brewer, a commemorative medallion, and an in-state tuition waiver for two years (60 credits) to the Arizona state university of their choice. In addition to the tuition waiver, Smith received a $750 scholarship check and Ellis received $500.

Tesia Smith is a general studies major and intends to transfer to Arizona State University and major in kinesiology. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a receptionist at New Beginnings Pregnancy Center, a children’s ministry aide at her local church and is employed as a physical therapist technician at Payson Physical Therapy. While at GCC, she has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s List.

Joshua Ellis is a general studies major and plans to attend Arizona State University to complete a degree in business entrepreneurship. Ellis works as a cross-fit trainer at Rim Country Cross-Fit and volunteers at Merritt Welding. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s list.

Each student named to the All-Arizona Academic Team maintains at least a 3.5 grade point average, is in good academic standing, is working toward an associate degree, and is involved on campus or in the community.

The All-Arizona Academic Team award program is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, as well as USA Today, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

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