Congratulations to ACC’s 2021 Rising Stars – Dr. Doyle 

Congratulations to ACC’s 2021 Inclusive Excellence Champion – Quill Phillips

Congratulations to ACC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) All-Colorado Academic Team – Dr. Woulfe

Inclusive Excellence Champion

Dayriana Sanders

Dayriana Sanders, ACC

Dayriana Sanders began attending Arapahoe Community College in the spring of 2019 and will earn her Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing, as well as an Associate of Arts degree in Philosophy, in December 2021. She is dually enrolled at CU Denver, pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish (language, literature and culture). 

Dayriana, who serves as the current Vice President of Communications and Public Relations for ACC’s Sigma Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, campaigned for, and won, the office of incoming President of the PTK Colorado/Wyoming Region during the virtual 2020-21 PTK Colorado/Wyoming Regional Conference this spring. Sigma Phi earned top honors for College Project and Distinguished Chapter, as well as third place for Honors in Action, while maintaining its Five Star Chapter status at the regional event. 

Dayriana earned recognition on the ACC President’s List (4.00 term grade point average) in the fall of 2020 and is the recipient of three scholarships (ENT Credit Union Scholarship, First Generation Scholarship, Contemporary Scholarship). She also serves as the Secretary and Treasurer for the National Society of Leadership and Success. 

She is the co-founder and president of the Peer Nurse Mentor Experience, which is planning a diversity conference for the Nursing Department in the fall of 2021 to encourage and promote culturally competent care within the nursing profession. Dayriana plans to become either a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in critical care or a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with aspirations of making an impact in the disparities of care for underserved populations. 

A native of Aurora, Dayriana enjoys traveling, dance and learning languages. She was a member of the Rangeview High School and UCCS dance teams and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Spanish. 

Rising Star Awards

Brandon Martinez

Brandon Martinez, ACC

Brandon Martinez began attending Arapahoe Community College in the fall of 2018. He will earn Associate of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Psychology in May 2021. 

ACC’s Sigma Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa collected a pair of first-place awards during the virtual 2021 PTK Colorado/Wyoming Regional Conference this spring, including top honors for the College Project (Cognitive Bias workshop) that Brandon – who serves as Sigma Phi’s Vice President for College Project – developed and implemented. Sigma Phi also claimed first place for Distinguished Chapter, third place for its Honors in Action project, and continued its standing as a Five Star Chapter. 

Brandon also spearheaded efforts for the winning 2019 College Project, a career closet providing business casual and formal attire to ACC students at no cost, which went on to be internationally recognized during the 2020 PTK Catalyst event. 

The Communications Officer for the PTK Colorado/Wyoming Region, Brandon is the recipient of ACC’s First Generation Student Scholarship. He was selected as a 2019-20 ACC Mountain Mover and a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and was a nominee for the 2020 PTK Orlowski Scholarship. 

Brandon is pursuing applications at the University of Rochester, Stanford and CU Denver with aspirations of becoming a clinical psychologist and a professor in the field of abnormal psychology or the philosophy of ethics. 

A native of Highlands Ranch, Brandon currently works at ViewHouse Littleton and Artesian Builds. He enjoys writing, cooking from scratch, performing stand-up comedy, sculpture, spending time with people, and learning. 

Ally Poland

Ally Poland, ACC

Ally Poland began attending Arapahoe Community College in the fall of 2019 and will complete her Associate of Science degree (General) in May 2021. 

She serves as the President of ACC’s Sigma Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, which collected a pair of first place awards (College Project, Distinguished Chapter) and a third place showing (Honors in Action) while continuing its standing as a Five Star Chapter during the virtual 2020-21 PTK Colorado/Wyoming Regional Conference this spring. 

Ally also serves as a State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) Officer and is a member of ACC’s Student Government Association. A research assistant on the ChemSat Team, she is currently employed at both ACC and Cold Stone Creamery. 

Upon graduating from ACC, Ally will transfer to CU Denver to study Biochemistry. She aspires to become a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon. 

A native of Highlands Ranch, Ally enjoys running and hiking in the mountains, reading non-fiction books, interviewing interesting people, playing games with friends, shadowing physicians, and partaking in research. 

Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team

Academic Transfer Students

Joseph Rhodes

Joseph Rhodes began attending Arapahoe Community College in the fall of 2017 (Elementary Teacher Education Transfer Major). He is the recipient of ACC’s First Generation Institutional Scholarship and will complete his Associate of Arts degree in December 2021. 

Upon graduation, Joseph plans to transfer to Western Governors University to pursue his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher, and someday, possibly a principal. 

He enjoys listening to audio books, traveling, baking, and fixing up a 1983 Toyota pickup truck. 

Joseph and his wife, Wendy, reside in Parker. He works full-time as a driver for his family business, The Garbage Man, a local, residential trash removal company serving Parker, Castle Rock, Littleton and Centennial. 

Jade Wimer

Jade Wilmer, ACC

Jade Wimer began taking classes (Associate of Arts, General) at Arapahoe Community College in the fall of 2019 and plans to graduate in May 2021. 

She is a member of ACC’s Sigma Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa that won a pair of first-place awards (College Project, Distinguished Chapter) and continued its standing as a Five Star Chapter during the virtual 2020-21 PTK Colorado/Wyoming Regional Conference this spring. 

Jade received three scholarships (Contemporary Student Scholarship, President’s Scholarship, and Classified Assembly Book Scholarship) from ACC this year and earned recognition on the President’ List (4.00 term grade point average) in the fall of 2020. 

She is President of the ACC Outdoors Club and is currently employed in the ACC Student Life Office. Following an upcoming move to Florida, she plans to enroll at the University of Florida to study Geology and aspires to embark upon a career helping the Earth. 

Jade loves animals, especially dogs, and she is passionate about the environment. She plays a wide variety of games (video games, board games, cards) and enjoys hiking and photography. Jade and her dog, Nala, reside in Englewood. 

State Student Advisory Council Representative

Ally Poland

Ally Poland, ACC

See bio above.