2021 Flinn Scholars thank their distinguished educators

May 11, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

At a virtual celebration last week, the Flinn Scholars from the Class of 2021 expressed their appreciation and gratitude to educators who have had the greatest impact on them, both in and outside of the classroom.

The educators highlighted by their students in short videos during the Flinn Scholars Recognition Celebration included current teachers, a counselor, a writing specialist, and an elementary-school principal and teacher. The subjects they taught the Scholars ranged from calculus and English to engineering and culinary.

The 2021 Distinguished Educators are:

Marcela Berumen Campbell

Biology, Tempe High School
Scholar: Maya Steinberg

Mary Catherine Boatright

Spanish, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix
Scholar: Mitch Zakocs

Justin Davis

Engineering, MET Professional Academy, Peoria
Scholar: Sylvia Lopez

Dyson Ellis

History, BASIS Ahwatukee, Phoenix
Scholar: Jordyn Hitzeman

Yolanda Flores

Chemistry I and IB Chemistry I & II, Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, New Mexico
Scholar: Kiera Charley

Zulema Fragoso

Counselor, Nogales High School
Scholar: Ivan Carrillo

Tiffany Fritz

English and AP Seminar, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson
Scholar: Josh Tint

Marissa Gurtler

AP English Language and AP Seminar, BASIS Ahwatukee, Phoenix
Scholar: Surabhi Sajith

Amy Kidd

English Language Arts, Granville Elementary School, Prescott Valley
Scholar: Brinlee Kidd

Karen Maas

Mathematics, Gilbert Classical Academy
Scholar: Eugenia Trakal

Clarice Miller

AP English Language and AP English Literature, Westview High School, Avondale
Scholar: Netia Unger

Lori Minor

Writing Support Specialist, University High School, Tucson
Scholar: Makenna Ley

Nicole Mohr

Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus BC, Arizona College Prep, Chandler
Scholar: Ananya Lakhotia

Larissa Peru

Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus, Desert View High School, Tucson
Scholar: Maleka Abdi

Sister Raphael Quinn

Principal, SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School, Phoenix
Scholar: Benjamin Aguilar

Amanda Scheeler

Math, Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande
Scholar: Evan Chaparro

Brooke Shapiro-Heisel

English, Bioscience High School, Phoenix
Scholar: Sakina Lord

Wyatt Swinton

Culinary, Page High School
Scholar: Parris Adams

Elise Villescaz

English and Creative Writing, Gilbert Classical Academy
Scholar: Sophia Hammer

The May 8 event introducing the newest Flinn Scholars and their educators also honored the 19 Flinn Scholars graduating from Arizona’s public universities this year.

In addition, the Flinn Scholars Program awarded each educator a $500 honorarium. 

Now in its 36th year, the Flinn Scholars Program is supported by the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation in partnership with Arizona’s three state universities. The merit-based scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, mandatory fees, housing, meals, study abroad, and many other exclusive opportunities—a package valued at more than $120,000.

The 2021 Flinn Scholars, who were selected from 951 Arizona high-school seniors, plan to study biochemistry, computer-systems engineering, finance, nursing, English, hotel-and-restaurant management, applied physics, computer science, law and policy, economics, and physiology and medical sciences this fall at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona.

Meet the 2021 Flinn Scholars