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Cerro Coso Students Receive Top Honors
March 31, 2011
Abigail Homer and Pedro Santiago
Ridgecrest, California - Cerro Coso students Abigail Homer and Pedro Santiago have been named to the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team, a state-wide competition co-sponsored by the Community College League of California and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Both students are members of the college's Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges that encourages academic excellence and promotes community service.
Nominating professor, Dr. Don Rosenberg, wrote of Pedro Santiago, "In my forty-five years of teaching, I have rarely encountered a student whom I think will be so academically and professionally successful and make such an important contribution to our ailing world as Pedro Santiago." Pedro plans to become a lawyer specializing in Human Rights and International Law to assist the most helpless and vulnerable—the world's poverty stricken young victims of war and brutality.
Abigail was nominated for the award by English Professor, Cliff Davis, who stated, "Abby is a rare example of a student who combines extraordinary academic achievements with impressive leadership and community involvement." Davis praised Abigail's work last summer recording the memoirs of Dr. Harold Bennett, an octogenarian and world-renowned optical physicist, whose memories his family eventually intends to publish.
Abigail and Pedro were invited to attend a luncheon in Sacramento on March 21 where the state's top community college students were formally recognized for their academic achievements, community service, and the example they set for their fellow students.
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