Student Spotlight

SGA President

Ché Shockey

Second Year

Show Low – White Mountain Campus


As a senior in high school and on track to graduate with both her high school diploma and Associate’s degree at the same time, Ché Shockey strives to be a positive voice for NPC students as the new Student Government Association (SGA) president.

Finishing what he started

Eric Anderson

2014 Graduate

Show Low – White Mountain Campus


Obtaining a degree is hard work and students can find themselves exemplifying persistence and diligence in ways that they hadn’t done before. Eric Anderson, the 2014 Outstanding Graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree is no exception. Now 20 years after he first started taking classes in 1994, Anderson has been able to complete all courses and finally receive his degree.

Outstanding Graduate Associate of General Studies

Emily Evans


Show Low – White Mountain Campus


Emily Evans wants to design and perfect prosthetic hands. This goal doesn’t come from a whim or a fascination; Evans wants to learn everything she can about hands so that she can potentially design one for her mother.

Outstanding Graduate - Associate of Science

Kevin Puckett


Show Low – White Mountain Campus


Kevin Puckett knew that being homeschooled and starting college with a GED was different. Noticing the differences between the two learning environments, Puckett was hesitant at first, but has worked through the obstacles of obtaining a degree and is now the 2014 outstanding graduate with an Associate of Science (AS) degree.

Outstanding Graduate - Associate of Business

Jessie Wann


Show Low – White Mountain Campus


In 2005 after seeing the cancer that struck her father go into remission, Jessie Wann and her father decided it was time for a vacation. The father-daughter duo went on to see over 200 bands in one summer. It was during that time Wann found her passion for music and set her sights on her dream, to land a job in the music industry.

Running as a good example

Steven Ovah

Starting 2nd Year

Hopi Center


Alongside 36,000 other runners, Steven Ovah, a current student at Northland Pioneer College, ran in an event not many get to do, run in the Boston Marathon.

Outstanding Graduate - Associate of Arts

Rachael Murphy

Second Year

White Mountain Campus


“The physical exhaustion that I felt while attending classes was overwhelming, but I knew that in the end it would be worth it,” says Rachael Murphy. Murphy, who is a mother of two sons, a local volunteer, marathon runner, and this year’s outstanding graduate for the Associate of Arts degree has plenty of reasons for being physically exhausted. Reasons aside, Murphy has been able to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of obtaining a degree.

Making the most of your situation

Kyle Nowell

Second Year

Show Low & Snowflake campuses


Actor, producer, video technician, club officer, these are only a handful of the many roles that Kyle Nowell has assumed while being a student at Northland Pioneer College.

Eagle Club President

Damien Jim

Second Year

Painted Desert Campus - Holbrook


Damien Jim knew that to achieve his dream of becoming a professional graphic designer, he needed to start his educational path as soon as possible. One year ago was when Jim decided it was important to choose NPC first to help develop the graphic design skills he needed for attending a university.

2013-14 SGA President

Lorin Jessup

First Year

Show Low – White Mountain Campus


Lorin Jessup has a passion for leadership. “I’m willing to go out there and fix things, I’m comfortable with people looking up to me and asking me how I can help.” With those skills in mind, becoming the 2013-2014 president of the NPC Student Government Association seemed like a natural fit for Jessup.