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Twelve YC scholars earn tuition-free transfers to Arizona universities

Twelve Yavapai College students from across Yavapai County and representing a variety of academic disciplines earned lucrative All-Arizona Academic Team scholarships based on their academic performance and volunteer service at school and in their communities. The scholarships provide tuition-waivers for degree programs at Arizona universities.

In a congratulatory letter to the scholarship recipients, YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine commended the students’ achievements. “You have made Yavapai College very proud and I wish you the best success as you pursue your career and educational pathway,” she wrote.

The 12 All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship 2020 winners are:

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Isabella Adams

Isabella Adams of Prescott, a member of the YC College Honors Program. Her volunteer pursuits include Stepping Stones Women’s Shelter and Teen Maze. Immediately after earning a bio medical engineering degree at Arizona State University, she has plans to join the Peace Corps.

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Zachary Chamberlin

Zachary Chamberlin of Prescott is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member and an aerospace science student who plans to continue his science studies at Northern Arizona University. A youth hockey coach, Zachary aspires to a career in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems or drone industry.

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Brittany Thomas

Brittany Thomas of Prescott Valley. A College Honors student, Brittany is studying political science at YC, is a member of PTK, is a volunteer with PTK community activities such as Teen Maze and with her church. She plans to study environmental policy at an Arizona university en route to a career in government service or wildlife management.

MaKenna Snyder of Tucson, a YC agriculture technology student who plans to continue her studies at ASU, working toward a career in agribusiness – specifically a sustainable food production business. Her volunteer service

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Alex Daniels

has been focused on Future Farmers of America and YC educational activities and projects such as Agripalooza and career education.

Alex Daniels of Chino Valley. A computer science student, YC Roughrider Ambassador, PTK member, Honors student and technology enthusiast, Alex plans to continue a cybersecurity career after continuing his studies at NAU. His volunteer pursuits focus on hunger abatement with three different organizations, including YC’s emergency food pantry.

Madeleine Cherry of Prescott. Madeleine is a YC Honors student and an aspiring nurse who plans to continue her education at the University of

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Gia Noelle

Arizona. She is an officer with PTK, is president of the I AM YC Club, is a big sister with Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and is vice president of the Philosophy and Religion Club. The I Am YC Club raises money for and operates an emergency food bank and emergency assistance fund for students.

Gia Noelle of Prescott is an ASU-bound future clinical dietician or

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Hanna Hovelsrud

nutritionist. She is a PTK member who earned a GED at YC and maintains a 4.0 gpa. She is active in multiple student clubs, including the English, Poetry and Health in Prevention clubs.

Hanna Hovelsrud of Prescott Valley is a PTK member at YC who is studying criminal justice. The mother of two plans to continue her college journey at ASU and hopes one day to earn a law degree. She is the secretary of the YC Law Club, has volunteered with Teen Maze and the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Andre Etien

Andre Etien of Camp Verde is studying business at YC. He volunteers with

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Kenneth Froessel

his church, raising money for the church’s charitable endeavors and cooking for church luncheons, as well as personally conducts a food drive for the needy. He plans to continue his studies at NAU and pursue a career as a hospitality consultant.

Kenneth Froessel of Sedona is a social sciences student at YC. He is a PTK member who plans to continue his education at NAU, earn a master’s degree in social work and launch a career as a counselor. He volunteers with a crisis team and with a homeless shelter.

Celeena Johnson of Lake Montezuma is an aspiring first-grade teacher and library program coordinator planning to continue her education at NAU. At YC she serves as a Student Ambassador and is a member of both PTK and the College Honors Program. She also volunteers at her hometown library, for the high school theater program and with Special Olympics, among other volunteer activities.

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Celeena Johnson

Kellsie Guinn of Flagstaff is a visual and performing arts student at YC who plans to study forensic psychology at ASU, eventually earning a medical degree and becoming a psychiatrist. In addition to serving as a PTK officer and participating in philanthropic endeavors on behalf of PTK, Kellsie has volunteered with the Verde Valley Humane Society.

Information and photos provided by Yavapai College.

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