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Citrus College Holds 54th Academic Achievement Awards
Glendora, Calif. (June 14, 2017) - Citrus College has a proud history of celebrating the successes of its exceptional student body. On June 1, the college hosted its 54th annual Academic Achievement Awards ceremony in the Haugh Performing Arts Center. This event honors the academic, athletic and leadership contributions of more than 100 students.
"This distinct group of students embodies the hallmarks of exceptionalism," said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president. "We are proud of their accomplishments, and know that they will make a difference in the world."
Among the recognitions presented were the prestigious Keys of Knowledge awards, which constitute the highest academic honor granted by the college. Keys of Knowledge are given to the 10 students who have the best overall academic performance as determined by GPA.
This year's recipients were:
Johnny Elie Baradii, mathematics
Eric Wayne Burgess, recording technology
Jeffry Humberto Lazo Casanave, mathematics
Samantha Lynn Clifton, business
Mark Foo Si Xiang, business
Ciaran Donagh Gray, physics
Sydney Marie Lujan, political science
Krista Michelle Myles, biology
Celine Nicole Spathias, computer science
Tony Mark Zarza, nursing
Additionally, Distinguished Student awards - also known as the Top 100 or Department Awards - were presented during the ceremony. This special recognition is given to students whose academic successes place them at the top of their classes.
Jade Nua (softball) and Kenneth Cyprian (men's basketball) received the Athletes of the Year award based on their academic records and all‐around accomplishments as athletes. Most athletes who receive this award transfer to a four‐year college or university to continue to pursue their educational and athletic goals.
Finally, Alex Bazaar and Adriana Mendez were granted the Service Leaders of the Year award. They were nominated for their academic achievement and volunteer service to the college and community.
"On behalf of the entire Citrus College community, I congratulate these remarkable students who have achieved such outstanding success both in and out of the classroom," said Dr. Perri. "They have earned an important place in our college’s legacy."