Arapahoe Community College students Mark D’Agosta and Leah Porter were selected as the College’s 2016-17 Rising Stars during the Colorado Community College System’s Rising Star Awards Ceremony and Honorary Luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, at ACC.
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.
D’Agosta is studying Biology at ACC and plans to transfer to a four-year institution in the fall of 2017 to pursue a degree in Biophysics. He works as a parkour and gymnastics coach and is the founder of the Parkour Club at ACC. D’Agosta tutors Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Anatomy in the Student Success Center, and is the Vice President of the College Project for ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. He loves to jump, flip, snowboard, hike and do just about anything else in the mountains with his wife, Christine.
Porter was selected as one of 15 nationwide recipients for the 2017 Guistwhite Scholarship by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society earlier this spring. Porter, who was chosen from a field of more than 1,800 applicants for the Guistwhite Scholarship, also garnered 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar recognition earlier this spring. She serves as President of ACC’s Sigma Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and is also currently ACC Student Government’s 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). Porter is pursuing her associate degree in Business Administration from ACC and will graduate in May 2017. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from CU Denver before going on to earn an MBA. She aspires to pursue a career in finance while becoming a domestic and international advocate of women pursuing higher education.