By Shelby Koontz
The Blue Blazers are one of Amarillo College’s longstanding traditions.
A Blue Blazer is a nominated AC student who has had a minimum of nine college hours of classes and
maintains at least a 2.5 GPA.
“The Blue Blazers are the student ambassadors for Amarillo College,” said Heather Atchley, Student
Life director. “They are heavily trained on the history of Amarillo College itself, they are trained on
leadership skills, responsibility and also their communication skills.”
During the nomination process Amber Brookshire, recruitment coordinator for the Blue Blazers, works
side by side with Atchley. They are the two in charge of gathering the information from faculty members
who have nominated students to become Blue Blazers.
“Heather and I have always been a team when it comes to selecting the top 14 for the Blue Blazers,”
Brookshire said. “We do all of the training together, all of the paper work, and we are also the ones to
contact them once we have finally made up our minds.”
One of the main duties a Blue Blazer member has to uphold is giving tours to incoming students and
to high school seniors looking for a college. That is where the member’s training on the history of the
campus comes into play.
“So far this year I have already given six tours,” said Viviana Whatley, an occupational therapy major and
a Blue Blazer. “It’s hard to believe, because this is only the first semester.
“Since I enrolled in the fall semester of 2011, I have learned a great amount about the campus and the
college as whole.”
The Blue Blazers meet once a month in the College Union Building and sign up with Atchley for activities
where they will do service. Services could include seating guests at a small lecture to working a major
function at the Amarillo Civic Center.
With four returning Blue Blazers from last year, there were 10 new members this year.
The four returning members are Josh Blashill, Trey Jimenez, Chaysen Viner and Viviana Whatley.
The 10 new members are Gavin Goodin, Bobby Clift, Michael Steelman, Kimberly Murguia, Angel Foster,
Stephanie Mercado, Jasmine Vega, Jasmine Johnson, Martin Gutierrez and Ty Lemaster.
For more information about the Blue Blazers, students may contact the following sponsors:
College Union Building 005
Student Service Center 151B