VICTORIA SOEWARNA NAMED ONE OF ONLY 20 ALL-USA SCHOLARS
Lorain County Community College student Victoria Soewarna, 17, of Elyria, was one of only 20 students in the nation – and the youngest ever – to earn placement on the esteemed All-USA Academic Team. She was recognized April 23 during a ceremony in San Francisco, California.
“It is a remarkable honor for one of our own Lorain County Community College students to win such a prestigious award,” LCCC President Roy A. Church said.
The All-USA Community College Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group. Twenty students are selected to the national team, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship and medallion. These students were featured in the April 23 issue of the USA TODAY newspaper and presented their awards at the Awards of Excellence Brunch held during the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges Convention (AACC) recently in San Francisco, California.
Soewarna was also named to the All-Ohio Academic Team First Team. (Student Julie O’Brien was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.) They each received a scholarship and a medal for their placement at the state level.
Soewarna is researching a cure for HIV/AIDS and was a presenter at a national science conference. She is a student at Lorain County Early College High School, located on the campus of Lorain County Community College. The program allows students to simulatneously earn a high school diploma and associate’s degree.
“Through my work with the research group, I discovered my love of science; once I stepped into the laboratory I never wanted to leave,” Soewarna said. “At LCCC, I have learned about myself and I have gained the skills to help me achieve my goals.”
Soewarna is the Principal Investigator for the LCCC HIV/AIDS research group that meets several times a week to research a cure for HIV/AIDS using gene mutation therapy. In addition to the research group, Soewarna stays active in LCCC organizations. She is a member of the Early College High School Leadership Club, a member of the LCCC PRIDE Club a teaching assistant for Chemistry and is a math and science tutor. Off campus, she volunteers for the Salvation Army and completed an internship at Mercy Hospital.
Soewarna has a 3.9 GPA and will graduate with her high school diploma and an associate of arts degree in May. She will attend The Ohio State University in the fall to study biology.
“With the solid foundation I have built at LCCC, I look forward to moving on to the next phase in my education,” Soewarna said.