Photo from left: Thanh Nguyen, Karen Mei Ling Lai, Dean Hernandez

Skyline College Students Karen Mei Ling Lai and Thanh Nguyen, were selected for the All California Academic Team. These students were honored at the California Community College League Award Luncheon on April 2nd. In addition to the All-California Team, Karen was also selected for the Coca-Cola Gold scholarship. Dean Ray Hernandez accompanied Lai and Nguyen to the Community College League Awards Luncheon.

Karen Mei Ling Lai (All California First Team) is a Respiratory Care major at Skyline College. She is in the Honors Transfer Program and served as President for her Phi Theta Kappa chapter and Respiratory Care Club Senator, where she creates and leads programs for the betterment of her college and community. Karen started and led a project creating videos in eight languages to educate the public about proper usage of metered-dose inhalers. She is involved in various organizations that assist community members. She works at a lung-health organization and volunteers at senior centers, STEM and health fairs, and food banks. Karen aspires to be a Respiratory Care Practitioner and an Asthma Educator to serve patients and their families, especially the pediatric population. She plans to earn a Doctorate in Education to become a Respiratory Care Educator. Karen wants to inspire individuals to aim high, believe in their capabilities and work toward their dreams.

Thanh Nguyen (All California Second Team) is currently studying Business Administration at Skyline College. She is Co- President of the Beta Theta Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and is in the Honors Transfer Program and the Alpha Beta Chi Chapter of the Kappa Beta Delta business honor society. Thanh is a Supplemental Instructor Leader for Statistics and Calculus and Peer Mentor at Skyline College. Through Phi Theta Kappa, Thanh has volunteered at senior centers and middle schools. She developed and implemented Leadership Development Workshops at Skyline College. Thanh plans to transfer to San Francisco State University in the Fall of 2018. She aims to work in the Human Resources Department of a hi-tech company. Thanh wants to inspire her classmates and colleagues to aim high and work diligently to achieve their goals.

Article by Case Christine

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