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CCC Students Join All-Oregon Academic Team
OREGON CITY - Clackamas Community College students Lizajane Gray, of Estacada, and Natalia Rodriguez, of Canby, will be honored April 26 at the annual All-Oregon Academic Team luncheon in Salem. Students from the state's 17 community colleges participate in this annual event sponsored by the Oregon Community College Association.
Each community college nominates two outstanding students for the team, who are recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. They are students who have earned the respect of fellow students, staff and faculty. Members of the team receive a scholarship to an Oregon four-year college or university to continue their educations.
The All-Oregon Academic Team winners will start the day on April 26 at the Oregon Capitol to meet Gov. Kate Brown. They will then be honored during an event at the Salem Convention Center.
CCC is proud to recognize its All-Oregon Academic Team members of 2019:
Before returning to college to study geology at Clackamas Community College, Gray earned a bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon. She looks forward to attending Portland State University this fall to complete a bachelor of science in earth science. Within the field, she will pursue a career in research focusing on how to lessen the negative effects of human impacts on the environment and the intricate interactions between life and nonliving matter at the microscopic level.
Her activities include volunteering for cleanup events, rock-hounding, amateur rock and fossil identification, hiking, rock tumbling and board games.
Her honors include: John Snively Scholarship Award, Clackamas Community College Women in Science Scholarship Award, Phi Theta Kappa membership and Clackamas Community College honor roll.
Rodriguez is a lifelong Oregon resident, having grown up in Canby in a bicultural home. Her mother is from the U.S. and her father is from Mexico. "I am so grateful for two very different aspects of the world I got from each of my parents," she said.
She is the vice president of the Clackamas Community College Associated Student Government and will be graduating from CCC with a transfer degree. She plans to attend Concordia University to earn a master's in elementary education and a master's in teaching. Her goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
Her activities include belonging to Canby Reading Mentors and swimming.
Rodriguez's honors include Phi Theta Kappa membership and Clackamas Community College honor roll.
For more information about Clackamas Community College, visit www.clackamas.edu.