Rebekah Cash Named Cerro Coso's Spring 2010 "Student of the Semester"
April 22, 2010
The Cerro Coso Community College Alumni Association has been recognizing
the outstanding achievements of Cerro Coso students each semester since 1988
by soliciting nominations from the faculty at all sites. The Alumni
Association proudly announces the recipient of the Spring 2010 "Student of
the Semester" award to Rebekah Cash from the Indian Wells Valley Campus of
Cerro Coso. Cash was honored at an Alumni Associations awards luncheon
on Wednesday, April 21 at Texas Cattle Company in Ridgecrest. Cash was
nominated for this award by Cerro Coso College instructor Jon Tittle.
Also supporting the nomination were faculty members Cliff Davis and Dean
Bernsten. Here are a few comments made by the nominating faculty
Jon Tittle stated, "Rebekah is a truly outstanding student and very
deserving of this honor. Rebekah has many qualities that make her an
exceptional student. She is conscientious and thorough in all her course
work. She always submits drafts of papers for me to review and consistently
makes significant revision in papers that were already "A" work. Her
writing skill are excellent. She has the ability to analyze issues
from different perspectives. One of Rebekah's most outstanding
academic skills is her willingness to address issues with both conviction
and passion. She raises challenging questions during class discussions
and is able to critically examine both the opinions of others and her own
views. She is optimistic and considerate of others."
Cliff Davis stated, "I first became acquainted with Rebekah when she was
enrolled in my Spring 2009 English 102: Critical Thinking through Literature
section. Rebecca earned the highest grades on each of the four
assigned essays, a superlative performance made all the more impressive by
the unprecedented number of top-notch students in the 102 class that
semester. Rebekah was the most consistently excellent of all thirty
five students in that class. Rebekah also deserves recognition for her
inspiring and tenacious performance as a tutor in the LAC. Rebekah has
proven to be a highly effective and patient tutor to a number of students
who have sought assistance with their writing."
Dean Bernsten stated, "A semester long Probability and Statistics class
significantly challenges all students. If the class is taken during an
eight-week long condensed summer session, then these challenges are greatly
magnified. The class that semester consisted of nineteen student's, it
was the most academically competitive group of students I've ever had the
privilege to teach. Rebekah earned an "A" in this class."
Overall GPA, class participation, extracurricular activities, and community
involvement are all considered in the selection process for this award. She
is currently enrolled in 13.0 units, has completed 20.0 units, and carries
and overall 4.0 GPA.
Cash currently is a tutor in the subjects of English, Reading, and Chemistry
in the Learning Resource Center at the College.
"The Alumni Association is very proud to bestow this award on Rebekah Cash
and acknowledge her many achievements by selecting her as the Spring 2010,
"Student of the Semester," stated Joann Clark, Director of Information,
Development, and Alumni Relations. Cash was presented with a framed
certificate of appreciation, an alumni pin, a $200 cash award, a special
Cerro Coso remembrance gift, her name added to a perpetual plaque honoring
all recipients of this distinguished award, and her photo will be displayed
on the "Student of the Semester" bulletin board at the IWV campus.
Joann Clark (left), Director of Information, Development, and Alumni
Relations, and Dr. Mary Retterer (right), President of Cerro Coso Community
College, congratulating Rebekah Cash, from the Indian Wells Valley Campus,
as the recipient of the Alumni Association's Spring 2010 "Student of the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260