Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Four CGCC Students Named to All-Arizona Academic Team

Four high-achieving Chandler-Community College students were celebrated at the 2019 All-Arizona Academic Team Recognition Ceremony on February 27.

The ceremony celebrated The ceremony celebrates the outstanding academic achievements, community service and distinguished leadership of students enrolled in Arizona’s community colleges. All-Arizona students demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.

The All-Arizona Academic Team program was introduced as a way to provide academic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. This year’s honorees represent all 10 of the Maricopa Community Colleges and include students pursuing a variety of degrees and careers, including biomedical engineering, nuclear medicine, public health, electrical engineering, education, psychology, biology and public service and public policy. Most intend to transfer to four-year universities, and several intend to pursue graduate degrees.

All-Arizona Team members are selected for their demonstration of academic excellence and intellectual rigor, leadership and service, and for their commitment to extending their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Each student is working toward an associate degree and maintains a GPA of 3.5 or higher (4.0 scale).

This year’s Chandler-Gilbert Community College honorees, listed by college campus, are Arvin Arasteh, Janet Armour, Bao Quoc Le, and Brooke Sherman.

Arvin Arasteh

Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Pecos Campus 
Major: Computer Science
Arasteh plans to transfer to the Arizona State University Fulton Schools of Engineering for a Bachelor of Computer Science degree. His career goal is to work as software developer in the medical field.
College/Community Activities: Vice president of Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors in Action Project, Into the Streets Program, Peer Mentor Program
College Honors: President’s List, Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Scholarship, Horizon Rotary Scholarship and Volunteerism/Service College Recognition
Personal Quote: “In the most negative situations in your life, always think about the most positive aspect you can learn from it. Move on, grow and help others to succeed.” -- Arvin Arasteh

Bao Quoc Le 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Williams Campus 
Major: Nursing
Le plans to transfer to Arizona State University School of Nursing to earn a doctorate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. His career goal is to work as a nurse practitioner in the East Valley of Arizona.
College/Community Activities: Phi Theta Kappa vice president, Intercultural Exchange Club treasurer, Asian Pacific Islander Club, Feed My Starving Children volunteer
College Honors: President’s List, Asian Pacific Islander District Scholarship, CGCC Retirement Endowment Scholarship, CGCC Champagne-Chocolate & Jazz Natural Science Department Scholarship
Personal Quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -- Lao Tzu

Brooke Sherman 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
Major: Psychology
Sherman plans to transfer to the Arizona State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Her career goal is to fight for public policy and legislative reform surrounding drugs and drug offenders, while providing compassionate counseling and treatment options for trauma victims and substance-dependent patients.
College/Community Activities: Crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Honors in Action officer and president and Student Public Policy Program participant
College Honors: Honors Program, President’s List, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and All-Arizona Academic Team
Personal Quote: “It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt  

Janet Armour 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Williams Campus
Major: Nursing
Armour plans to attend Northern Arizona University for her Bachelor in Nursing degree. Her goal is to become a Certified Diabetes Educator and create community programs that teach lifestyle management of Type 2 Diabetes with the goal of reducing the complications often suffered by those in low-income communities due to lack of resources.
College/Community Activities: Phi Theta Kappa community service officer, volunteer with Feed My Starving Children
College Honors: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation Scholarship
Personal Quote: “Your life is shaped by the thoughts you think.Change your thoughts and you change your life.” -- adaptation of Proverbs 4:23

For additional information regarding Chandler-Gilbert Community College's honor society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), visit

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