College students excel

DOWNEY – Downey resident Bianca Salgado has been named to the President’s List and the dean’s Honor’s List at Cerritos College for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Salgado is a full-time student carrying 16 units. Her major is political science with an emphasis on global politics and diplomacy.

A 2013 graduate of Downey High School, she is actively involved in the Cerritos College Model United Nations Club.

She is the daughter of William and Patty Salgado, of Downey.

Kyeong Pil Kong, of Downey, a member of the class of 2015 at Washington and Lee University, has earned Dean’s List status for the recently ended winter term 2014.

Dean’s List honors represents a grade point average of at least 3.4.

Michelle Morales, of Downey, a senior at Clarkson University majoring in humanities and psychology, received the Student Marshal Award at the school’s University Recognition Day during the spring semester.

The Student Marshal Award is presented by Clarkson’s alumni association and honors students “who stand out as leaders, but may not have yet been recognized for their contributions to the Clarkson community.”

Award winners must be eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremony and demonstrate “outstanding campus involvement and service and community involvement and service.”

As a Student Marshal Award winner, Morales will have her name called first among Clarkson graduates.

Morales also won the Psychology Research Award, given to the senior psychology student who has demonstrated excellence in academic studies and research endeavors while at Clarkson. Morales will receive a monetary award and plaque.

Mercy Zamora, of Downey, was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Zamora, who is pursuing a degree in public health at Cal State L.A., is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty and professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only.

Ricky Da Silva, a resident of Downey, was presented with the Business Honors Community Involvement Award at the Cal State Fullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics’ annual business honors banquet.

The award is presented to students “who have reported activities that showed a willingness to contribute to the community for no reward.”

“The Honors Program has a mission to graduate students who are not only academically excellent, but are also good citizens; they are able to work with many different types of people and they have an understanding of the importance of what they’re doing so that they’re motivated,” said Marcia Clark, director of the Mihaylo College Business Honors Program. “These are the employees that every business wants.”



Published: May 22, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 06