Mohave Community College students achieve recognition

Matthew Johnson, left, Ashley Laflamme, right.

Matthew Johnson, left, Ashley Laflamme, right.

KINGMAN – Two Mohave Community College students, Matthew Johnson and Ashley Laflamme, have been selected as members of the All-Arizona Community College Academic Team.

The selection means they are two of the top community college students in the state, a designation that comes with $500 each. It also allows them to continue their educations after graduating from MCC, as they will earn free tuition at an Arizona public university of their choice.

According to an MCC press release, Bree Karlin, MCC director of advising and testing services, informed the MCC board of Governors Trustees at this month’s board meeting of the students’ accomplishment.

Johnson attends MCC’s Lake Havasu City campus and is a biology major. He plans to continue his education at Arizona State University or Northern Arizona University before pursuing a career in either wildlife biology or field research. He also volunteers at the Mohave County Library District, is a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society officer and a math tutor.

“I was shocked, this is such an amazing opportunity,” Johnson told the board, according to the release. “I never would have thought this was a possibility just a few years ago.”

Laflamme attends MCC’s Bullhead City campus and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northern Arizona University. She volunteers at the Bullhead City campus Pumpkinfest and Christmas parade, and is a Phi Theta Kappa officer.

“With God all things are possible,” Laflamme said in the release. “My parents have been very proud of me. My father tells me every time I talk to him how proud he is of me, and my mom often tears up when talking about my achievements.”

Consideration for the academic team requires a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Students must be in good academic standing and working toward an associate’s degree, in addition to demonstrating leadership characteristics and staying involved in their communities or on campus.