On April 17, the Center for Student Success (CSS) honored the top 1 percent of freshmen who earned a 4.0 Grade Point Average in at least 15 units their first semester here at Cal State Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The event was held at the University Center Living Room.
In honor of their academic success, the freshmen were awarded with a banquet dinner and a $1,000 scholarship.
Headed by CSS Director Iván Pagán, the banquet was preceded with remarks by Ronnie Higgs (Vice President of Student Affairs), Alumni guest speaker Lewis Hall, and guest speaker Thomas Brown.
11 of the 20 distinguished freshmen who were awarded attended the event. The students were asked to speak about their academic achievements. “How do you express your passion for learning outside the classroom?” Julia Ashen, freshman, HCOM was asked. She proudly stood up and said her motivation of athletic pursuits on the court translated to motivation in the classroom. Ashen is a volleyball player here at CSUMB.
When asked what inspired the students to achieve excellence in life, Johan Snider, or who Ronnie Higgs refers to as “6’9” in reference to his gift of height, replied it was a 10th grade teacher he had who made a huge impact on him. He said “a little extra investment from a teacher can make all the difference.”
While these first-time freshmen are just starting out, we know we will see great things from them, and wish them the best in their academic pursuits.
The Distinguished Freshmen class:
Summer Alexander, Julia Ashen, Lucas Bailor, Kelsee Calderon, Kaitlyn Chow, Eryn Eledge, Raymond Falcon, Alexandra Fremont, Jordan Gipe, Sara Hannon, McKenna Holmes, Brandon Howland, Austin Kim, Nicole Langstaff, Amy Marquardt, Loreal Matson, Samantha McGee, Melanie Renton, Laila Richardson, Johan Snider, and Haylee Stapp.
A big congratulations to all who attained this honor.