Area students receive awards from Eastern Arizona College

By Lori Dugan/EAC

THATCHER — Eastern Arizona College recently awarded 58 students with academic and skills awards for the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to COVID-19, the annual, in-person ceremony was painstakingly conducted via Zoom and an edited, video presentation of the event will be aired on EAC’s YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

Join in the celebration and honor these students by tuning in to the EAC YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m.

Local students who will be honored in the ceremony include Karl Corbo and Bessie Watson, outstanding administration of justice students; William Ziegler, outstanding advanced manufacturing student, Courtney Taylor, Annabell Weech Rufener Scholarship; Hannah Hilton, exceptional achievement in art-freshman; Joe McIntosh, exceptional achievement in in art – sophomore; Brent Rigtrup, Alvin Goodman Scholastic Award; Joecy Cummings, Wayne M. McGrath Scholastic Award; Aliya Henry, Wayne M. McGrath Scholastic Award; Reegan Leppien, Wayne M. McGrath Scholastic Award; Michael Patnaude, Outstanding Automotive Student-Carl Kyser Award; Hannah Rogers, Biology Award; Kathryn Bryce, Biology Award; Kiora Wood, outstanding business student Associate Business; Kim Price, outstanding business student Associate Applied Science; Nikea Tianna Lambson, Charles Raymond Rhodes Memorial Geology Scholarship; Preston Richins, Chemistry Achievement Award – freshman; Rhett Layton, Chemistry Achievement Award – sophomore; Mohamed Abdelmottelb, Computer Student of the year; Brianne A. Thompson, Outstanding Drafting Student; Jacob A. Estrada, Outstanding Electrical Student; Joseph W. Tilta, Outstanding Electrical Student; Ulises Guillen, Super Tech Award; Stephen Pearce, Engineering Student of the year; Ezra Medina, Faculty Association Scholarship; Grace Williams, Faculty Association Scholarships; Tobin Hackett, Faculty Association Scholarship; Rhett Layton, Faculty Association Scholarships; Austyn Larson, Outstanding French Student -Beginning; Grace Williams, Outstanding French Student-Advanced; Kiora Wood, Outstanding Business Student; Kelsi Hunt, Graphic Design Student of the Year; Zachary E. Hurst, Outstanding Industrial Technology Student; Zaiden Cuevas, INSPIRE Student Awards; Mary Cortez, INSPIRE Student Awards; Kasiah Montano, INSPIRE Student Awards; Kristi Ramirez, INSPIRE Student Awards; Dallin Lee Mattice, Student of the Year in Mathematics; Preston J. Richins, Student of the Year in Mathmematics; Caeden Anderson, Outstanding Media/Film Student; Maura Shumway, Outstanding Music Major; Bailey Pearce, Outstanding Music Major; Connie Allen, Outstanding Nursing Student; Jason Boren, Outstanding Nursing Student; Hunter Woods, Professional Support Staff Book Scholarship; Trenton Ferrin, Professional Support Staff Book Scholarship; Dana Robinson, Mark J. Green Excellence in Spanish Award; Doris Eligehausen, Outstanding Second-Year Spanish Award; Alfred W. Bright, Oustanding Welding Student, and Hayden Ashby, Wilford E. Stailey Memorial Scholarship.

“The Student Awards Ceremony is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Gina Roebuck, EAC’s Coordinator of Counseling Services and host of this event. “I love it because many of the awards are chosen by the students and faculty that work with the recipient every day, and I think that makes these awards priceless.”

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