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Menlo College Honors Convocation 2017

Menlo College Honors Convocation 2017

Menlo College honored 56 top students for their academic success and leadership qualities at the annual Honors Convocation ceremony on April 20, 2017. The honors included the induction of 29 students into the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society, and ten students were inducted into Alpha Chi. “Today, Menlo College recognizes the best and brightest,” said Menlo College President Richard Moran in his opening remarks.

Steele Escobedo ’17 was the honored with the College’s highest honor, the Board of Trustees Award, conferred by Board Chair T. Geir Ramleth ‘87. An accounting major, Escobedo was described by Associate Professor of Accounting Donna Little as a “classroom leader and standout from day one.” Director of Athletics Keith Spataro noted that Escobedo has been “a model student-athlete for four years, and his commitment and contributions to the Menlo College campus have been remarkable and unmatched.” In addition to his success in the classroom, Escobedo was a standout wrestler for four seasons, twice earning All-American status. He was a two-time Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, and earned NWCA Scholar-Athlete accolades on three different occasions. Off the mats he has spent two years as an intern for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Jose where he will begin full time employment this fall.

David Laflamme ’17 received the Golden Oak Service Award, presented to “the student who exemplifies the true spirit of scholarship and volunteerism through service to the Menlo College community.” Laflamme has showcased his immense talent in graphic design, video production, and photography for a number of campus initiatives, including the production of a campus virtual tour video and many promotional pieces in his role as the Director of Marketing for Club Sports, Intramurals and Recreation. Laflamme has also conducted numerous graphic design workshops for students and staff on campus.

Regina Hernandez ’17 and Brian Brownfield ’17 were honored with the Menlo Spirit Award. The Menlo Spirit Award is awarded to a graduating senior who has given generously of his or her time during their four years at Menlo College. Hernandez has been a four-year member of the Competitive Cheer team, was a resident advisor, and is currently an intern on campus with Sodexo. She also showcased her vocal talent by performing the National Anthem at athletic events, and annually performing at Apollo Night. Brownfield has served in a variety of roles with the Athletics Department, most notably as the play-by-play voice of over 200 on-air web streams of home varsity sporting events, and as the sports writer for the Oak Press student newspaper. He was also co-founder and president of the Ultimate Frisbee Club, and served on the administrative council of the Sports Management Club.

Other honors extended included the Al Jacobs Award to Jessica Carlson ‘19; the Don Jordan Award to Hiba Salem ‘19; the Wall Street Journal Award to Alexander Coates-McDowall ‘17; the Psychology Award to Jessica Madison ‘18; and the Judge Russell Award to Kyle Lubke ‘17. Eight Richard F. O’Brien Awards were also presented to: Jeremiah Testa ‘20, Lauren Harrison ‘20, Noble Boutin ‘19, Madeline Miller ‘19, Ryan Barnett ‘18, Kilisitina Petelo ‘18, Rosendo AmayaWood ’17, and Jessica Newman ‘17.