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MCC Lake Havasu Graduate Wins Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award

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June 2023

MOHAVE COUNTY – Adam Romano is described as tenacious, inquisitive, insightful and many other great words by his peers. Romano is the 2023 Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award Recipient.

$10,000 Cash Prize for the Award Recipient

Along with the honor of being this year’s recipient, Romano will also receive $10,000 cash to put toward anything he wants.

Romano’s Reaction to Winning the Award

“Being selected as the 2023 Kathy Hodel winner feels absolutely fantastic, my supportive wife said that she knew I would win but I had my doubts,” Romano said. “I was stunned when I realized that I had won and when I regained my composure I felt humbled honored and quite happy.”

Romano’s Plans for the Prize Money

He will use the funds to help continue his education and help his growing family create a strong foundation. Winning the award also fuels his passion for education and service.

Community Service: A Key Criterion for the Award

Kathy Hodel was known for her community service efforts and that’s one of the criteria students who apply for the award need to meet. Romano put in countless hours of community service while attending MCC and he is often described as a great community leader.

Romano’s Leadership and Community Service

“He’s known by so many in and around the MCC community as an empathic leader a team builder and he is not afraid to get in there and do the work when necessary,” said Dr. Maria Ayon, Dean of Student and Community Engagement Lake Havasu campus. “I’m so proud of Adam as he sees challenges as opportunities to make effective changes for the larger good.”

Romano’s Future Plans

Romano is graduating from MCC with an Associate of Arts in Fine Arts. He attended the college’s Lake Havasu City Campus and is currently attending Arizona State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in museum studies.

Romano’s Previous Achievements

During the 2021-2022 academic year, he was selected to be part of the All Arizona Academic Team which means he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship to any public university in Arizona. Romano was also named the 2022 Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar and received a $1,500 scholarship.

Enrollment for Fall Semester at MCC

Mohave Community College is currently enrolling students in fall semester classes, which start August 14. For those who would like to become a student, the first step is to create an account and fill out the free online application at For more information visit the college website at or call 1-866-MOHAVECC.

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