Katherine Alcazar, Ainsley Chapman named to SMCC All Arizona 2018-19 Academic Team
South Mountain Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has selected students Katherine Alcazar and Ainsley Chapman for the All Arizona 2018-19 academic team. Alcazar and Chapman will also move forward as All USA nominees.
Alcazar is majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with the eventual goal of transferring to ASU to continue studying in that field, and one day earning her doctorate degree. Born and raised in Arizona, she initially chose SMCC as her first step – and for her, “the right step” – because she wanted to become better prepared and more confident before attending ASU. Alcazar has thrived in SMCC’s easily navigable campus setting and smaller class sizes, while also complimenting the level of support from the college’s “amazing faculty.” Besides being an honors student and honors award recipient, and an All Arizona nominee, Alcazar has also received the Chicanos Por La Causa scholarship for the past two years, which is awarded to outstanding Latino students attending Arizona colleges and universities who have demonstrated commitment to making positive changes to their communities and their selected fields of study. Academic excellence also seems to run in the Alcazar family, as Katie follows her sisters Isabel, who was the All Arizona nominee in 2017, and Emily, who was the All Arizona nominee in 2015.
Another Arizona native, Ainsley Chapman is dual majoring in biology and mathematics and also plans to transfer to ASU to continue her goals of obtaining a doctorate and becoming a research scientist. Currently only 17, Chapman has been homeschooled since the third grade, and began taking courses at SMCC as a way to supplement her educational experiences. She had such a good experience in the college’s CHM 107: Chemistry and Society class, that she kept taking college courses, including recently finishing CHM 235: Organic Chemistry. She credits the support she has received from friends and family, as well as from the faculty at SMCC who welcomed a younger – although obviously incredibly capable! – student into their classes. Besides being the All Arizona nominee, Chapman is the Fellowship and Membership Officer for SMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. In the Fall of 2017, she was also awarded the Paul Fannin leadership award, which goes to students who exhibit outstanding leadership qualities amongst their peers.
Congratulations to these two outstanding students!