PVCC scholars named to 2013 All-Arizona Academic Team

Paradise Valley Community College students Ryan Borys and Aaron Pressley have been named to the 2013 All-Arizona Academic Team and were honored on February 20, at the 18th Annual awards luncheon at the Hilton East in Mesa.

They are among more than 75 academic all-stars from Arizona Community Colleges to be honored by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. To be eligible for the award, students must:

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale,
  • Be in good academic standing,
  • Be working toward an associate’s degree,
  • Demonstrate leadership, and
  • Interact with their community as a college ambassador.
PVCC_Ryan Borys

Ryan Borys

Ryan Borys has a 3.94 GPA and plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University after attaining his Associate of Arts degree in Photography at PVCC. He is on the President’s Honors List and received PVCC’s Honors Achievement Award.

Borys is a volunteer for Reach 11 and the North Mountain Reserve through the city of Phoenix Steward Program. He is a leader in PVCC’s in Honors Program and represented the college at the Western Regional Honors Conference.

In December 2012, Borys traveled to Peru to develop a photographic document depicting Andean culture and heritage. His photography has been selected for inclusion in Scribendi: A Forum for Collegiate Art & Literature, an annual undergraduate literary magazine affiliated with the Western Regional Honors Council.

“I have tackled my academic endeavors with dedication and diligence, and my educational journey has enriched my life. I want to use my lens to depict the drama and emotion of our world, and to capture moments in time with images that have an emotional, intellectual, and lasting impact,” he said.

PVCC.Aaron Pressley

Aaron Pressley

Aaron Pressley has a 3.63 GPA and plans to transfer to the University of Arizona after attaining his Associate of Arts degree in Political Science. He is president of PVCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and serves as a volunteer in the Palomino Teacher Assistant Program, where he created a program that engages PVCC students as assistants to teachers at local elementary schools. He also created the Palomino Academic Bowl to engage PVCC students as tutors to elementary grade students.

As an Honors scholar, Pressley received PVCC’s President’s Scholarship. He serves on the Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC) and attended the 101st Arizona Town Hall as one of just five MCCCD students selected to participate in the event, where he served in caucuses with civic and legislative leaders.

“My experience at PVCC helped me find my purpose. I feel inspired and obligated to pursue a political science major as a step to enact positive social change through public policy.  The Honors Program has provided me with even greater opportunities to increase civic engagement to strengthen my community,” Pressley said.

Students selected as Academic All-Stars in their state also are eligible to be chosen as a national scholar, which includes a feature in the USA Today each spring and eligibility for additional scholarships. For more information about the awards, visit  www.ptk.org/become-a-member/scholarships/academic-teams.