At its June commencement ceremonies, Central Oregon Community College awarded nearly 1,000 degrees and certificates. Five students were honored by the college for outstanding achievement. Those receiving special recognition were Andrea Anaya, Steven J. Jackson, Angella La Fontaine, Terry L. Radford and Teryl Young.
Andrea Anaya won the Distinguished Student award. She was lauded for her outstanding academic performance, intellectual curiosity, involvement in many campus clubs and many hours working to help her family’s restaurant succeed. She is planning to continue her education at the University of Arizona, possibly pursuing a degree in psychology.
Steven J. Jackson won the Avon F. Mayfield Award, which recognizes scholarship, leadership, citizenship and service. He earned a general studies degree. He plans to duel enroll at Eastern Oregon University of Oregon and University of Washington and major in English. His will apply for the William Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University this fall.
Angella La Fontaine, a Redmond resident, received the Walter G. Coombs Distinguished Achievement Award, presented each year to the student who has earned the highest scholastic average with the highest number of COCC credits among those receiving one-year certificates. She earned an associate degree and a certificate in accounting.
Terry L. Radford, a resident of Prineville, earned the Helen Leicester Award, which is awarded for the highest scholastic average with the highest number of COCC credits among those receiving an associate’s degree. He earned an associate’s degree in accounting and plans to continue at COCC to also earn an associate’s degree in health information technology.
Teryl Young, a resident of Bend, won the Diversity Achievement Award, which recognizes commitment to fostering a climate of respect for differences within the college and the local community. Young is an active member of the Black Student Union and has organized events to promote awareness of black inventors and the problem of discrimination. He is working on a degree in criminal justice with the goal of improving the criminal justice system and computer security.\
July 9, 2014
COCC Press Release