Ryan Lancaster was an active member of the Speech and Debate team for 4 years, lettering for the last 3 seasons. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Ryan is an IMPACT Chandler Scholar, with over 150 volunteer hours supporting several local organizations such as AZCEND and Saving One Life animal rescue; he also tutored multiple elementary and junior high students needing special assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. He earned the New American University Scholarship at the President’s Award level. Ryan will graduate Summa Cum Laude and will attend the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University studying Psychology.
Nicholas David had been attending Arizona College Preparatory-Erie since 7th grade. He will be graduating Magna Cum Laude, as well as graduating from Chandler Gilbert Community college with an Associate of Science degree. He is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society at CGCC and the National Honors Society at ACP. He will be attending ASU Barrett’s and plans to earn a double major in Architecture and either Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering. During his four years of High school, Nicholas as a Freshman was part of the first ACP team to participate in the Lemelson MIT Innovations Competition; their team was one of 15 high schools from the nation to make the semi-finalists with a great new product idea. Nicholas and his two partners are in the process of patenting their design. He is founder and President of Coding Club (4 years), founder and President of Design Club (2 years), co-founder and Manager of Music Club, member of Mock Trial Club, UNICEF and more. Nicholas loves music and has been playing the piano since the age of 3. He also plays the flute and drums, and has been part of Band from 5th grade through 12th grade. He has earned his Red belt in Taekwondo. He also volunteers at Feed My Starving Children, church, and Project Mexico. He enjoys music, traveling, cooking, playing Minecraft with his brother, cousins and friends, as well as playing golf. We are very proud of his accomplishments and even more proud of the young man he is becoming.
Astha Rohit has been a student at ACP since the 9th grade and has accomplished many feats since then. She was the founder of the first photography related club at ACP and has been president of said club since her freshman year. She has also been the president of AP Scholars for three years and has achieved the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. She is also an active member of NHS, Key Club, Red Cross, Future Medical Professionals Club, KOS (theatre), etc. After three years of learning American Sign Language, Astha received her Seal of Bi-literacy and is still studying ASL. For her final year at ACP, she joined the school newspaper and became a staff writer for the ACP Knight Times. She enjoyed participating in both her studies and extracurricular activities at ACP. Astha will be graduating summa cum laude and going on to pursue her dreams by majoring in Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) at Arizona State University.
Grace Gardner was an active member of the JV Cheer team during her Freshman and Sophomore years both times competing at Nationals. Grace was an active member of the International Thespian Society for three years. Grace student directed all major productions at ACP for the last three years. Grace competed at State iin her Junior year n Stage Direction and was selected to compete at Nationals for Stage Direction which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grace has won the Dean Scholarship at Northern Arizona University where she will major in Business Management. Grace will graduate Cum Laude and with honors from the International Thespian Society.
Michelle Sheikh has been an extraordinary student at ACP Erie since 7th grade. She has remained an active part of her school community as a member of the National Honors Society and the Speech and Debate team. She founded and was president of The Biophysics Club and the Helping Hands Club. She has also played varsity Tennis. Throughout high school she has been dedicated to research by completing two research internships with Arizona State University's Biodesign C department while pursuing her own individual research project. She has presented her work to the Flinn Foundation and National Science Foundation. Michelle has received several accolades for her research project, she was awarded "Best of Fair" at both the Chandler Innovation Fair and Arizona Science and Engineering Fair. She finished in the top six as a Junior Science and Humanities symposium finalist. She has been nominated as 'future innovator of the year' at the governor's celebration of innovation.This year Michelle is an ISEF Regeneron finalist. She will be graduating as an AP Scholar and Magna Cum Laude. She has received the New American University Dean's Award and the New American University Provost Award and plans to major in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Global Health at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.
Kellen Gibson is a four-sport athlete competing at the varsity level in hockey, football, wrestling, and track and field. In football, he helped establish the ACP football program and served as a Captain for 4 years. In wrestling, Kellen was a four-time sectional champion, four-time state qualifier, and the Division III State Champion in the 220 lbs weight class his senior year. He was also a state qualifier in the Discus. Kellen made the all-state academic team in hockey, football, and wrestling. While he excelled on the field, Kellen also excelled in the classroom maintaining 4.0 unweighted GPA throughout high school. He was a three-year member of NHS and part of the first year of the Knights Connection Program that mentored incoming freshmen. He will also graduate as an AP Scholar.
His work on and off the field helped him to get the Triple Impact Competitor Scholar Athlete award, the ACP Football Legacy Scholarship and was a finalist for the AIA Scholar Athletic award. Kellen will be attending Johns Hopkins University. There he will play collegiate football and major in biology with an emphasis in pre-medicine. He plans on applying to medical school to become a medical professional.
Sianna O'Brien is a senior at Arizona College Prep. She was a varsity swimmer and diver. During her high school years, she served communities abroad in Mexico, Jamaica, & Zambia. She will be pursuing a double major in Bible/Theology and Intercultural Ministry Studies at Bethany Global University in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Alexandra Lee has been a proud "Knight" since 7th grade. She has held her academic letter award for all four years of high school and a student government letter for three. She was junior class president and currently holds the secretary position on the STUGO Executive Committee. Her club affiliations include NJHS then NHS, Key Club, Newspaper, Creative Writing and Literary Magazine. Alex is graduating with honors and has accepted the Lumberjack Scholarship to attend Northern Arizona University - NAU Honors College in the fall. She will study criminology with a minor in psychology and hopes to work for the FBI in the future.
ACP senior Blake Su is an exceptional student and young man. He has participated in Key Club (President), Spanish Honor Society (President), Spanish Club (Vice President), National Honor Society and International Festival Planning. He is a member of the Governor’s Youth Commission, all the while maintaining high academic standards. Blake will be attending UCLA in the fall, studying Political Science and Biochemistry.
Andrea Linder has enjoyed being a part of the ACP community since 7th grade. She has been involved in several clubs and activities over the years including student government, National Honors Society, Model UN, Key Club, dance club, cheer, mock trial club, coding club, gaming club, anime club and theatre. She was the treasurer of student government and theatre. She has also enjoyed being a mentor to underclassmen in the Knights Connection Program and tutoring students after school. Andrea was recently the lead in the KOS production of Oz and was inducted into the International Thespian Society. She has completed over 100 hours of volunteer work during her time in high school, and she received the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. Andrea is graduating summa cum laude and is attending the Honors College at the University of Arizona this fall. She plans to major in Animal Science and hopes to one day be a veterinarian.
Caden Churnetski has enjoyed his career at Arizona College Prep, experiencing a variety of activities and cherishing quality time with his friends. Having a competitive passion for sports, Caden played Football, Basketball, and Volleyball at ACP. He also represented ACP on the AIA’s Student Athletic Leadership Advisory Committee, working to support the future of high school sports in Arizona. Eager to help others, Caden participated in a wide range of volunteering activities. With Best Buddies, which creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Caden supported several events like the Best Buddy Talent Show, Carnival, and Buddy Prom. He has volunteered at church events, and with his sports teams, raising money for the Salvation Army. Focused on business and statistics, Caden was a member of DECA. Caden had an internship with Tracking Football, a recruiting and athletic analytics service for NCAA and NFL players. He is graduating cum laude and will attend the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University on scholarship.
Ananya Lakhotia is a recipient of the highly competitive and prestigious Flinn Scholarship for 2021 and will be attending Barrett, The Honors College at ASU where she plans to double major in Biochemistry and Justice Studies. For the past 3 years she has been an active member of the ACP Speech and Debate team where she contributed to the team’s success both as a participant and a captain. She received the Academic All-American award from the National Speech & Debate Association, a distinction reserved for only the top 2% of the NSDA member students. As a state champion she also got the opportunity to represent Arizona at the Nationals. Besides being a founding leader of the Peace of Mind club, which focuses on mental health, she was also involved with She’s the First, Tutor club and National Honor Society. From an early age Ananya has learnt various dance forms including the Indian classical dance of Kathak and in her spare time, she enjoys baking for friends and family. A National Merit commended scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction, Ananya will be graduating summa cum laude with a seal of biliteracy in Spanish.
Alexandra DaRosa is a 2021 graduate of Arizona College Prep. During her four years of high school, she has participated in Key Club, Spanish Club, Photography Club and Art Club. She has enjoyed numerous volunteer activities and is passionate about art and music. Alexandra is an AP scholar and an IMPACT scholar and will graduate magna cum laude. She has received the New American University President’s Award and plans to double major in Sociology and Criminology at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University.
Mark Chavez has been an ACP Knight since the 7th grade. He graduates cum laude from Arizona College Prep - Erie. He is a Chandler Impact Scholar and holds an Academic letter 4.0 award for all 4 years of high school. He is proud to be an inaugural member of ACP's football program and to be ACP's first Quarterback. Mark has received the Presidential scholarship to continue his football and academics at Lake Forest College in Illinois.
Payton has attended ACP for the past 7 years and worked very hard to maintain her GPA while still working. She is determined, kindhearted, and loves Jesus. Payton will be graduating high school not only with her high school diploma, but also achieving her Medical Assistant, EKG, and Phlebotomy certification. She will be relocating to Nashville, TN this summer. He goal is to begin working in a pediatric or cardiac unit at Vanderbilt Hospital while attending Belmont Christian University's Nursing program. She hopes to eventually become a pediatric doctor.
Congratulations Richard Lowther on your hard work and dedication! He was named Commended Student in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. During high school, he participated on the swim team and played several different instruments in the band. He also volunteered at the Mercy Gilbert Medical Center every summer. Richard wants to continue his pursuit in learning at Arizona State University and achieve a major in the Chemical Engineering Program.
Andrew Coffey will begin attending Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in the 2021 fall semester. He will be a student in the W.P. Carey Business School at ASU. He aspires to have a successful and challenging career in business or finance. Andrew earned the New American University Scholarship from ASU. He is graduating Magna Cum Laude after earning an academic letter in each of his four years of high school. In addition to his academic successes, Andrew played on his high school basketball team for three years.
Bryce Williams has been a student at ACP from 6th grade. Bryce played basketball at JV and Varsity levels, though unfortunately his seasons were interrupted and ended soon by his two knee injuries during practice. During the course of surgery and recovery, Bryce was inspired by the work of medical professionals that he decided to pursue the medical field. Bryce was awarded to the Letter of Commendation for National Merit Scholarship and he is graduating with Summa Cum Laude. He will be studying Physiology at U of A with Wildcat Distinctive Award.
Nolan Lyons completed his Shodan - 1st Degree Black Belt on November 2, 2019, with determination, focus, discipline, memorization, goals, respect and confidence. Nolan will be attending ASU in the Fall at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering.
Melody Williams has been a student at ACP since 6th grade. Melody developed appreciation of her half-Japanese background and started studying the language on her own about 4 years ago. She joined a Japanese traditional Taiko drumming group, and quickly became an advanced drummer. She performed at multiple stage concerts and community events including ACP International Festival. Melody was accepted to ASU Barretts Honor College with Presidential Award, but she opted to pursue her passion 5800 miles away. Melody will be studying International Business at one of the prestigious universities in Japan - International Christian University, Tokyo.
Ryanh Morales is a proud member of the Arizona College Prep's 2021 graduating class. He has maintained a 4.54 GPA and earned honorable mention all-region honors as a varsity basketball player. In his free time Ryanh volunteered for several community service projects while also operating his own online business and successfully day trading stocks. He will be obtaining his real estate license this summer and has been accepted by and is considering Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University to study finance and accounting. Ryanh would like to thank his all of his teachers and classmates as well as his ACP coaches for a great experience.
Jack Tawney played basketball, volleyball and football at Arizona College Prep. He enjoyed being a student athlete and maintained a strong GPA that has allowed him to attend NAU in the Fall with the full tuition Lumberjack Scholarship. Jack also completed over 100 hours of volunteer time during his four years of high school. Some of this time included working at an Ironman event, moving an elementary school of furniture and reading to elementary students. Jack enjoyed participating in the Best Buddies Club, Key Club, and Student Union for Change. He is graduating Cum Laude and is majoring in Business and Administration at NAU.
Elizabeth Nakai has thrived at Arizona College Prep. Her strong work ethic has enabled her to maintain a 4.85 GPA and earn AP Scholar with Distinction honors. In addition to academics, she is also an accomplished student athlete, lettering in cross country and track. She has qualified and competed at the state championships each year and received the AIA’s First Team All-State Academic Award. She has participated in several school clubs including National Honor Society, Key Club, art club, and was instrumental in creating the mountain bike club at ACP. A strong mountain biker, she earned a few podium finishes at both the Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League’s and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona’s races. She intends to continue her competitive mountain biking career in college. Elizabeth will graduate summa cum laude and attend Colorado School of Mines to pursue a degree in environmental engineering.
Nikhil Dave was an active member of the Robotics Club and Math Club. Over the four years he participated in Robotics, he learned software programming and then taught club newcomers to help “pass on the torch”. Nikhil started off as a team lead in Robotics and worked his way to supporting the club as Secretary. He dedicated his time to supporting the logistics behind prepping for tournaments, transporting equipment and hosting events at ACP Erie. He plans to study Computer Engineering and has been accepted to a few of his choice schools. Nikhil will graduate Summa Cum Laude, is an AP Scholar and a National Merit Scholar Finalist.