Tasha Estein and Kara Garr have been selected as ACC’s 2017-18 Students of the Year.
Estein, who was named to the 2017-18 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team, began her studies at ACC in August 2015. In the fall of 2016, she was selected to attend the second phase of NASA’s Community College Aerospace Scholars program (NCAS) on location at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to examine STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and interact with NASA engineers. Estein served as Chapter Historian of ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as President of the ACC Student Government Association, during the 2016-17 academic year. Estein went on to be elected as the Phi Theta Kappa International Vice President for Division IV at Phi Theta Kappa’s Catalyst annual convention in 2017. Estein is also a member ACC’s RockSat team, a NASA-funded division of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC). Estein is graduating with her Associate of Science (General) and Associate of Arts (General) degrees this spring, and hopes to gain admission into the Eli Whitney Students Program for non-traditional students at Yale College to pursue her bachelor’s degree. She resides with her parents, Jeffrey and Justine, and sister, Samantha (also an ACC student), in unincorporated Parker/Elbert County.
Garr, who began her studies at ACC in the spring of 2016, is a member of the ACC Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. She qualified for the President’s List (4.0 term GPA) on three occasions, and has served on the President’s Student Advisory Council. A nominee for Student Employee of the Year in 2017, Garr was initially hired as a work-study in the Student Life Office. Her student employment continued with positions at Student Access Services and in the Dean of Students’ Office, with those roles ultimately leading to a full-time position as the Office Manager in the Student Engagement Center. Garr, who has also served as President of ACC’s Stress Break Club, won top honors in ACC’s public speaking competition in 2016 before going on the place third in the Denver regional competition. Her success in the classroom has translated into an academic transfer scholarship to the University of Colorado Denver. Garr plans to attend UCD full time in the fall of 2018 to study public service, while also continuing her position at ACC. She is graduating with her Associate of Arts (Communication, Transfer Major) this spring. Her long-term goal is completion of a master’s degree in Public Administration, and a career in student affairs/higher education. Garr and her husband, Mark, reside in Highlands Ranch their daughter, Dominique (15), and sons Cooper (12) and DiMaggio (8).
Estein and Garr are scheduled to speak at ACC’s 2018 Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Magness Arena at the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center.