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Yavapai College Prescott Honors Top Students

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Top Yavapai College Prescott Campus students were honored for achievements, leadership, and service.

Student success was on full display on April 20 as Yavapai College leadership, faculty and staff honored a driven and resilient group of scholars who reached the pinnacle in their education journeys and earned “Outstanding Student” awards.

In all, 24 individuals were honored during a traditional Evening of Recognition celebration for the top students in academic and career-training programs on the Prescott campus.

“Individually and collectively, the students we honor today embody our college’s mission – to make the world a better place through our ideas, our innovations, and our engagement with one another,” YC President Dr. Lisa Rhine said, welcoming the “Outstanding Student” winners and their well-wishers.

Addressing the winners directly, she said, “Your tremendous potential is very clearly reflected in your accomplishments. We are so fortunate that Yavapai College gets to be part of your journey and your personal story.”

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The “Outstanding Students” of the 2021-2022 academic year representing the spectrum of academic and career-training programs at the YC Prescott campus gather for a group photo following an Evening of Recognition ceremony (Yavapai College).

Addressing faculty members in attendance, Dr. Rhine thanked them for maintaining high levels of academic excellence and “doing so in a culture of care and concern for our students’ success. Across the disciplines, you are developing and shaping ideas that make a positive and lasting impact on our future and I thank you for your efforts.”

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Corey Seitz, a graphic design student, was named the President’s Award of Excellence winner at the Prescott Campus Evening of Recognition. He is photographed with YC Prescott Dr. Lisa Rhine, right, and Visual Arts Faculty member Lauren McCrea.

Introducing the winner of the most prestigious student award of the night, the President’s Award for Excellence, Dr. Rhine said she well understood why Visual Arts Faculty member, Lauren McCrea, put Corey Seitz forward. “Corey has a perfect 4.0 academically. But Lauren says it’s not only the GPA, but Corey’s character and willingness to collaborate and contribute that makes him the top award winner.”

Lauren said of Seitz, her graphic design student: “I have watched him grow from cashier at a local store to a successful student and graphic designer… Corey is multi-talented and spends his free time volunteering. For three years, he donated more than 200 hours to the YC Performing Arts Department doing set construction and contributed to other weekly projects around the department.”

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Winner of the Vice President’s Award for Academic Accomplishment, Visual Arts student Robert “Connor” Uniacke, is pictured in a self-portrait. Connor was unable to attend the Evening of Recognition.

Corey, who earned a standing ovation from the audience while accepting the college’s highest student award, said he is “super thankful” for the honor, for Professor McCrea for nominating him, and for all of his instructors who helped him learn, explore, and eventually discover fulfillment as a graphic designer. “I’m excited to receive this award as I graduate and move onto other things,” he said.

Another YC Visual Arts student, Robert “Connor” Uniacke, earned the Vice President’s Award for Academic Accomplishment this academic year. He was nominated by YC Art Faculty member, Bryan Robertson, who said of Connor: “He goes out of his way to experiment and try new techniques that push his learning to the next level. Additionally, Connor is constantly engaged in class and helps his fellow students learn more about their artwork. He is the type of student who makes Yavapai College a vibrant learning community.”

Following are the 2021-2022 “Outstanding Student” honorees for their respective fields of study:

  • Wolfie Freeman, Visual Arts
  • Madison Campbell, English
  • Clare Lei, Graphic Design
  • Kipp Cornwell, Humanities
  • Grace Olsen, Music
  • Lauren Carroll, Performing Arts
  • David Henderson, Performing Arts
  • Gayle Richards, Performing Arts
  • Danielle Hultquist, Administration of Justice
  • Christine Merritt, Education
  • Patrick Keegan, Sociology
  • Melissa Higbee, Sociology and Paralegal Studies
  • Charlene Diaz, Accounting
  • Elliott Norton, Business and Computer Science
  • Steven Pasko, Computer Networking Technology
  • Sara Ramm, Computer Programming
  • Dennis Rand, Computer Systems & Applications
  • Anita Layman, Allied Health
  • Misty Loy, Health & Physical Education
  • Luke Markey, Mathematics
  • Amber Haynes, finalist for Vice President’s Award for Academic Accomplishment
  • Bethany Kottman, finalist for Vice President’s Award for Academic Accomplishment

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