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College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

                                        Congratulations Award Recipients 

                                                                                                   

                                                        Award Recipients

Kaylen Anderson
Graduation with Distinction in Political Science:POLS Student Kaylen Anderson
Legal Studies Option
  

"What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manuel Bautista Lua
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal JusticePOLS Student Manual Bautista
Madeline Belter
Graduation with Highest Distinction in
Criminal Justice
Meghan Bogges
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Meghan Bogges
Criminal Justice
  

"When everything seems to be lacking in integrity, you know what you do? You find it in yourself. You change the world right from where you’re standing.”-Madam Secretary

Ashleigh Bohling
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal JusticePOLS Student Ashleigh Bohling
Graduation with Distinction in Political Science:
General Option
Graduation with High Distinction in
Public Administration
  

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi

Simone Bordelon
Community Legal Information Center POLS Student Simone Bordelon
Bronson Fellows
  

"Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." -Anonymous

Tyler Butler
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal JusticePOLS Student Tyler Butler
  

"Thank you Mom, Dad and Kyle. I love you and am thankful for your support throughout my college career.” 

Ana Castillo
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Ana Castillo Morales
Criminal Justice
  

"Gracias mamá y papá! I have learned that anything is possible with determination. This is an end to a new beginning!"

Marco Cazares
Graduation with High Distinction in
Criminal Justice
Mikayla Chacon
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal Justice
Stephanie Cohen
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal JusticePOLS Student Stephanie Cohen
  

"The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned." -Bryan Stevenson
"Thank You Mom & Dad, you deserve the world. I love you!"

Jasmine Cruz Ramirez
Price Internship AwardPOLS Student Jasmine Cruz Ramirez
Brigitte Dahrouj
Price Internship AwardPOLS Student Brigitte Dahrouj
Steven DeBiasio
Cum Laude
Taylor Downing
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal Justice 
Kimberley Estrada
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Kimberly Estrada
Criminal Justice
  

"Que suene la banda porque e graduado.”

Fiona Farrell
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Fiona Farrell
Criminal Justice 
Cum Laude
Jessika Fattall
Graduation with Highest Distinction in POLS Student Jessica Fattal
Criminal Justice
  

"Don’t be a lady. Be a legend.” -Stevie Nicks

Hayley Finetti
Graduation with Highest Distinction in POLS Student Hayley Finetti
Political Science 
Summa Cum Laude
  

"Thank you to my parents and Emilio for all of your support over the three craziest, most exciting and life-changing years of my life. I wouldn't have wanted to experience any of it without you!"

Sarah Gamaza
Summa Cum LaudePOLS Student Sarah Gamaza
  

"Thank you to my friends, family, and all my amazing professors!"

Zachary Gazda
Graduation with Highest Distinction in
Criminal Justice
Wesley Gibson
Honors in General EducationPOLS Student Welsey Gibson
  

Wesley Gibson is a Washington state Native who will be receiving his Bachelor if Arts in International Relations from Chico State. He plans on working in Public administration upon graduation.

Renzo Giordano
Magna Cum Laude
Natalie Hanson
Political Science and Criminal Justice POLS Student Natalie Hanson
Outstanding Student Award of 2020 
Graduation with Distinction in
International Relations
  

"It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

Madison Hatfield
Graduation with Distinction in
Public Administration
Meghan Hill
Graduation with Highest Distinction in
Criminal Justice
Daisy Holguin
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal Justice
Anton Holm
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Anthony Holm
Political Science: General Option
  

"Carpe Diem."

Lacie Holmen
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Lacie Holmen
Criminal Justice
  

"Thank you to all my friends and family that have supported me! I love you guys!"

Jared Hudson-Belle
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal Justice
Gianna Jenkins
Bronson Excellence in Legal StudiesPOLS Student Gianna Jenkins
Merit Award of 2020 
Graduation with High Distinction in
Political Science: Legal Studies Option
Cum Laude
  

"Work hard in silence, let success be your noise. Thank you to my parents, who continuously support and motivate me to achieve my dreams!"

Melissa Kovacs
Michelle Shover AwardPOLS Student Melissa Kovacs
  

"Who knows? Have patience. Go where you must go, and hope!" - J.R.R. Tolkien

Aidan Lang
Graduation with Highest Distinction inPOLS Student Aidan Lang
Criminal Justice
  

"In my experience with school one thing has remained certain and that is, all good things may come to those that wait, but all the best things come to those that act."

Juan Carlos Martir
Price Internship AwardPOLS Student Juan Martir
  

"I want to thank my family for pushing me to become the person I am and this is just the beginning of something great! Gracias a todos!”

Russell McGregor
Paul Persons "Fighting the Good Fight" AwardPOLS Student Russell McGregor
Graduation with Distinction in Political Science:
Legal Studies
  

"The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling." -Fabienne Fredrickson

Elizabeth McOmber
Bob Linscheid Community Legal POLS Student Elizabeth McOmber
Information Center Award 
Community Legal Information Center
Bronson Fellows
  

"If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." -Dolly Parton

Saul Mendez
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Saul Mendez
Criminal Justice
  

"Sufrimos en el camino pero llegamos” and in the end “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”- William Ernest Henley

Sabrina Miller
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Sabrina Miller
Criminal Justice
  

Graduation is not the end, it’s the beginning.”

Sarah Morcott
Graduation with Highest Distinction in POLS Student Sarah Morcott
Political Science: General Option
  

"She believed she could and so she did."- B.S Grey

Gracie Pachie
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Gracie Pachie
Political Science: Legal Studies Option
Thomas Parks
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal Justice
Brandon Pengelley
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Brandon Pengelley
Criminal Justice
Magna Cum Laude
  

"It's always good to be underestimated." - Donald Trump

Andrea Ramirez-Reyes
Graduation with Distinction in Criminal JusticePOLS Student Andrea Reyes Ramirez  

"I would like to thank God, my family, and my dog, for supporting me throughout this journey."

Viviana Razo
Graduation with High DistinctionPOLS Student Viviana Razo
in International Relations
  

"Contrary to popular belief, I know exactly what i'm doing." -Tony Stark 

Kellie Reyes
Graduation with High Distinction inPOLS Student Kellie Reyes
Criminal Justice
  

"Thank you Mom & Dad for supporting me, none of this would have been possible without you, I love you both & hope to make you proud, this one's for you."

Jimmy Ray Sanders III
Graduation with High Distinction in
International Relations 
Graduation with High Distinction in
Political Science: General Option
Magna Cum Laude
Rita Shanahan
Graduation with High Distinction in
Criminal Justice
Caleigh Silva
Graduation with High Distinction in POLS Student Caleigh Silva
Public Administration
Magna Cum Laude
  

"Thank you so much to all the amazing, dedicated teachers who gave me 110% effort, and gave me all the tools and help I needed to succeed. I will never forget my experience here and all the lessons I learned that will help me with my future."

Yulisa Soto
Graduation with Highest Distinction in POLS Student Yulisa Soto
Criminal Justice
  

"Me puse las pilas, porque aunque a mis padres inmigrantes les cortaron las alas ellos me enseñaron a volar.”

Annamarie Swartz
Graduation with Distinction in Poltical Science:POLS Student Anna Swartz
Legal Studies Option
  

"The best revenge is to be successful. Success isn't about how much money you have in the bank, it's a state of mind." - F. J. Gordo

Nadia Torkman
Graduation with Distinction inPOLS Student Nadia Torkman
International Relations 
Graduation with High Distinction in
Political Science: General Option
  

"Thank you to my community here at Chico and to my support system back at home for all of the love and support over the last four years! I will always cherish my time as a student here."

Francisco Javier Valencia Magana
Graduation with Highest Distinction inPOLS Student Valancia Magana
Criminal Justice
  

"Thank you Mom and Dad for everything. Thank you to my friends and family for the support through this journey."

Charles Vasallo
Robert S. Ross Memorial Award
Graduation with High Distinction in
Public Administration