Camila Silva Monroe and Rachel Zinna were selected as Arapahoe Community College’s Rising Stars for 2017-18 during the Colorado Community College System’s Rising Star Awards Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon on Tuesday, April 10, at ACC.
Monroe is pursuing her Associate of Science (Chemistry Transfer Major) at ACC and plans to graduate this May. She currently serves as the president of both the ACC Student Government and ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She is a member of the President’s Student Advisory Council, the NSLS and the Colorado Space Grant Team. Monroe, who tutors in the ACC Student Success Center, also conducts research as a community scientist in the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Genetics of Taste lab. She plans to transfer to Colorado State University to study Chemical and Biological Engineering. Originally from Estiva, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Monroe aspires to change the way our society creates and consumes food via safer research and development of GMOs. Selected as a member of the 2017-18 Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team, Monroe also earned prestigious Guistwhite and New Century Transfer Pathway scholarships this spring. One of just 15 nationwide Guistwhite Scholars, Monroe earned a $5,000 scholarship for baccalaureate studies. Winners of the Guistwhite Scholarship were selected based on academic excellence, leadership accomplishments and engagement in Phi Theta Kappa programs. Monroe also received a $2,250 scholarship for being selected as a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Only one winner from each state is chosen for the honor, with selection being based on academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and extension of intellectual talents beyond the classroom.
Zinna, who began her studies at ACC in January 2016, is serving as the Vice President of Special Events for ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of PTK during the 2017-18 academic year. A Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team honoree this spring, she is also currently the ACC Student Government representative – serving as vice chair – on the State Student Advisory Committee (SSAC), as well as the student representative on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). Zinna plans to complete her associate degree in May 2018 before transferring to MSU Denver for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, studying Social Work while completing her credentials in Dance Movement Therapy. She aspires to work in the mental health field, assisting women and girls with their recovery from abusive pasts. In the fall of 2017, Zinna was selected as one of 10 nationwide recipients of the prestigious Pearson Scholarship for Higher Education ($5,000 scholarship) from Phi Theta Kappa. This spring, she was honored as a Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar – accompanied by a $1,000 scholarship – based on academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service. The Coca-Cola Academic Team program annually recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars nationwide.
The annual CCCS Rising Star Awards Ceremony is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of students and staff. Student honorees must show a high level of involvement in campus leadership/activities, be enrolled in at least nine credit hours at the time of their nomination and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Each of the 13 CCCS community colleges selected two student recipients who exemplify the best in service and leadership to receive the Rising Star Award.