News - 04/16/2014

MiraCosta College Announces 2014 Medal of Honor Recipients

2014 Medal of Honor winners

MiraCosta College and the MiraCosta College Foundation are proud to announce the 2014 recipients of the MiraCosta Medal of Honor. This year marks the 50th annual year of the awards. The five students selected will be honored at the college’s Scholarship Celebration event on May 16 at 1 p.m. in the Concert Hall. 

The Medal of Honor is considered the college’s highest academic award and is awarded annually to students nominated by the teaching faculty and who earned a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 in degree-applicable courses. Each recipient receives a scholarship of at least $500 provided by community members, businesses and service organizations. 

This year’s honorees are:  

Richard Huizar: As a first generation college student, Huizar had to overcome many financial hardships on his way to obtaining his general education at MiraCosta College. He credits MiraCosta College with enabling him to explore his career options while also getting to benefit from top-notch faculty at an affordable price. A finalist for the  U-T San Diego's 3rd Annual Latino Champions Award, Huizar has been accepted to UCSD and will continue his studies in applied mathematics with an emphasis in engineering.

Alexandra Slowik: While in high school, Slowik contracted an aggressive staph infection that impeded her transition from high school to college. While healing, she enrolled at MiraCosta College. Accepted to UCSD’s Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program, Slowik this summer will participate in a research internship program. She plans to continue to medical school after two years at UCSD.

Ariella Sosis: After graduating from high school at 16, Sosis found it challenging to attend college classes since she was much younger than her classmates. She gained self-confidence with supportive professors, friends, and parents. Majoring in business administration, Sosis plans to transfer to a four-year university and develop “Oil Me for Research,” a nonprofit organization she founded to raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Travis Williamson: As a 30-year-old reentry student, Williamson overcame the shame and discouragement he felt for being an older student living at home when others his age had obtained advanced degrees and started careers. After graduating from MiraCosta College, Williamson plans to transfer to a university to continue his studies in international relations. His goal is to become an international human rights advocate or do diplomacy work. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Williamson has received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which provides up to $30,000 annually to help with university costs.

Angela Yoo: Yoo was faced with overcoming a fear of failure after her poor academic performance in high school. She knew she had to get excellent grades to attain her goal of becoming a physician. After graduating from MiraCosta College this spring, Yoo will transfer to Biola University, and hopes then to attend Loma Linda Medical School. In addition to her medical studies, she’s concentrating on inter-cultural studies with an emphasis in cross-cultural healthcare. She hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming a missionary pediatric surgeon. 

To arrange an interview with a student, contact Cheryl Broom at (760) 795-6612. 

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