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Grad speaker leads, inspires others

Grad speaker leads, inspires others

“What I’m passionate about is people making the most of their potential.” – Daniel McLean, graduation speaker By NICHOLAS TRUJILLO Pima Community College’s graduation speaker, the middle child of 10 children, will discuss three topics at the May 18 ceremony. Sophomore Daniel McLean is a sibling to seven brothers and two sisters, so growing up […]

Dropout turns All-USA honoree

Dropout turns All-USA honoree

By ELISE STAHL Of all the words to describe Liz Pennington, the new member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 All-USA Community College Academic Team, “college dropout” would likely not come to mind. But Pennington, a graduating Pima student who will transfer to the University of Arizona to complete her studies, once dropped out of that […]

Young student pursues feminist themes in art

Young student pursues feminist themes in art

By DAKOTA FINCHER Art major. Bookworm. Feminist. Those are just a few words to describe 18-year-old Pima Community College student Mercedes Vega. Vega, a middle child of six, started drawing at a young age. Instead of playing outside, she could be found in her room, drawing and reading. One early memory is from third grade. […]

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road

TRACK AND FIELD: A long (jump) and winding road

By EDDIE CELAYA Standing nearly 6 feet tall with stunning red hair, sophomore Hannah Bartz is used to standing out in a crowd. Put her on the track and she doesn’t just stand out; she races to the front of the pack. “We were always pretty fast in elementary school,” Bartz said of herself and her equally fast, just as brightly […]

Artist’s difficult life won’t define her

Artist’s difficult life won’t define her

By ERIK MEDINA Call Pima Community College student Montessa White an artistic Cinderella. “I’m a creative, ambitious person — I like to think at least,” White said. “I think I’m pretty smart and I want to do what I want to do. I have a lot of dreams and passions and I’m trying to pursue that. I’m a dreamer.” White was born […]

Instructor walks her way to empathy

Instructor walks her way to empathy

By AUSTIN AGUILAR Laura Milkins, a Pima Community College art instructor, has completed two “walking projects” and hosts a radio show. The walking projects started with her realizing that she didn’t walk anywhere in Tucson because she lived in what was considered a bad neighborhood. She had the idea to walk everywhere she went in […]

A man on a mission: Trejo takes travel lessons to court

A man on a mission: Trejo takes travel lessons to court

By D.R. WILLIAMS Landon Trejo returned to Tucson last August after two years in Oregon where he talked to strangers about the gospel. A sophomore at Pima Community College, he finished a two-year hiatus from the men’s tennis team to serve his Latter Day Saints mission. Head Coach Brian Ramirez says the experiance has helped […]

Selfless player determined to succeed

Selfless player determined to succeed

by STEVEN FOWLER Nineteen-year-old Deontay Townsend is one of the most determined athletes. Day-in and day-out, the Pima Community College sophomore running back has a simple mindset – to put everything in God’s hands, to be an everyday leader, to play smart. Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Townsend moved to the greater Phoenix area when […]

Student working to be chief inspector

Student working to be chief inspector

By STEVEN FOWLER From an early age, Tucson native Anthony Johnson dreamt of becoming the chief inspector for the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England. “I want to become the chief inspector because it will allow me to put my specialized skills to use,” he said. “London is the business center of the world. This […]