Ridgecrest presented Cerro Coso graduate Nolan Havig with the 2016 Community Youth Award at the Chamber of Commerce 70th Community Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Havig was recognized for his heart to see others succeed and service to the community.
Havig is a natural-born leader who possesses the leadership skills needed by all employers. Public Relations Manager Natalie Dorrell said “He likes a challenge, is honest in his communications, inspires and motivates others, and knows how to delegate. He is confident and committed to whatever the goal is, maintains a positive attitude, and is creative and intuitive.” At Cerro Coso, Havig served as a student ambassador, the student representative on the Academic Senate and Technology Resource Team, the Student Senate President, and is described as the LAC’s most valuable player aiding as a tutor, supplemental instructor, and lab aid. As president of the Beta Kappa Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Havig lead the challenge resulting in the chapter moving from a one to five start status allowing students to compete internationally as well as regionally. The chapter won 7 regional awards and 1 of 26 international awards this year. Quite a feat in an organization 3-million strong. Havig was 1 of 76 students in the State of California to be named to the PTK All-California Academic Team, and presented at the Honors Transfer Council of California Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Irvine, where his abstract was selected for publication and he received the exemplary achievement award. He is also an Honors Program graduate. Havig completed four degrees and one certificate with Cerro Coso this May with a perfect 4.0 GPA and served as a student speaker at his Commencement Ceremony.
He will be transferring to CSU Long Beach in the fall, majoring in Marketing and Web Design. His community service included tutoring for the AVID program at James Monroe Junior High helping junior high students better prepare for college, participating in a number of RidgeProject community beautification projects, volunteering at the local library, and serving in many outreach ministries within his church.