Two Skyline College students, Janah May Oclaman and Luis Hernandez, were selected for the All-California Academic Team first team. These students were honored at the California Community College League Award Luncheon in March. In addition to the All-California Team, Janah was also selected for the Coca-Cola Silver Academic Team. Dean Ray Hernandez accompanied Janah to the Community College League Luncheon to receive her awards.
Janah May Oclaman is a Biology major at Skyline College. She is in the Honors Transfer Program and serves as vice president of operations for the Skyline College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and president for the TRiO Club, where she creates and leads programs for the betterment of her college and community. Janah has a passion for learning and for serving. During the summer 2016 she did a research project on use of a plant extract as a food preservative. In fall 2016, she presented her biology research project at two national science meetings and organized science labs to encourage minorities and women to pursue STEM. She currently works at a clinic and volunteers at senior centers, a dialysis clinic, and a hospital. Janah aspires to be a neurologist and neuro-researcher to find cures for neurodegenerative diseases. She hopes to build a foundation that would provide medical care in underdeveloped countries. Ultimately, Janah wants to inspire individuals to aim high, believe in their capabilities and act toward their dreams.
Luis Hernandez is currently studying business administration at Skyline College. He is vice president of scholarship for his Phi Theta Kappa chapter and also holds officer positions in other student organizations on campus. Luis is a supplemental instructor leader at Skyline College for statistics and trigonometry. Outside of school, he is involved in a non-profit organization that assists underprivileged students. Through his non-profit organization and Phi Theta Kappa, Luis has volunteered at senior centers, elementary schools, and food banks. Luis was the chair of the fall 2016 food drive at Skyline College. He plans on transferring to the University of California in the fall of 2017.
Article by Dr. Christine Case