Top San Bernardino Students Finding A Welcome Home At CSUSB

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–Many of San Bernardino County’s top high school scholars continue to find their choice for post-secondary studies right in their own backyard.

More than 30 members of Cal State San Bernardino’s freshman class are students who were considered to be among the brightest scholars at their respective San Bernardino County high schools.

All of the students ranked in the top 1 percent of their high school graduating classes and earned the opportunity to receive the President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship at CSUSB. The scholars accepted the prestigious award and became part of an elite group of students who are President’s Academic Excellence Scholars.

More than 300 San Bernardino County high school students have joined the ranks of PAES scholars since the program began in 2002.

“They are the very highest achieving students at schools throughout our county, and they surely have been accepted to most – if not all – of the colleges to which they applied. But they selected Cal State San Bernardino, which speaks overwhelmingly for the remarkable value of this very handsome scholarship, as well as the extraordinary quality of our academic programs, faculty, staff and student activities,” said CSUSB President Albert Karnig. “And with the growing number of outstanding students who’ve accepted the scholarship, we believe that Cal State San Bernardino is the home to more of San Bernardino County’s top 1 percent students than any college or university anywhere.”

The scholarship program is for $25,000 over four years, provided the student continues full-time and maintains a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

Karnig said the reasons for offering the scholarship go beyond rewarding local students for their academic achievements; it’s also to eventually improve the region.

“The scholarship has a larger impact in the area, because college students tend to settle where they go to school,” Karnig said. “As such, we are educating the Inland Empire’s future entrepreneurs, teachers, engineers, nurses, social workers, business and government leaders.”

The students currently receiving the President’s Academic Excellence Scholarships are listed alphabetically below, along with their year in college, declared major, current hometown and the high school they attended.

  • Venice Ababat, junior, nursing, Colton, Rialto High School
  • Kellsie Ali, junior, sociology, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Carlos Almaguer, senior, computer engineering, San Bernardino, Pacific High School
  • Tracey-Ann Anacleto, senior, nursing, Fontana, Etiwanda High School
  • Breanna Anstine, sophomore, management, Rialto, Summit High School
  • Karla Avila-Valencia, senior, anthropology, Fontana, Fontana High School
  • Sharon Awad, junior, liberal studies, San Bernardino, Pacific High School
  • Justin Belicki, junior, physics, Yucaipa, Yucaipa High School
  • Bryan Bennett, senior, chemistry, Fontana, A.B. Miller High School
  • Perla Betancourt, senior, marketing, Ontario, Colony High School
  • Andrew Brinker, freshman, computer science, San Bernardino, Colton High School
  • Jared Bruhn, senior, computer science, Hinkley, Barstow High School
  • Sara Brunn, sophomore, pre-nursing, Running Springs, Rim of the World High School
  • Sarah Bryan, junior, psychology, Rialto, Eisenhower High School
  • Brandi Burns, freshman, special major, Rialto, Wilmer Amina Carter High School
  • Ricardo Campos, freshman, biology pre-med, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Sirena Chavez, senior, psychology, Ontario, Chino High School
  • Veronica Chavez, junior, mathematics, Colton, Bloomington High School
  • Obik Chowdhury, junior, biology, Victorville, Silverado High School
  • Onik Chowdhury, junior, biology, Victorville, Silverado High School (not a duplicate; first names are different)
  • Cam Chung, senior, entrepreneurship, Montclair, Montclair High School
  • Kiani Collins, senior, international business, Montclair, Montclair High School
  • Jose Contreras, freshman, mathematics, Rialto, Eisenhower High School
  • Alyshea Corsaro, senior, mathematics, Hesperia, Sultana High School
  • Beatriz Crisostomo, senior, accounting, San Bernardino, San Gorgonio High School
  • Caleb Davidson, junior, finance, Highland, San Gorgonio High School
  • Holly Duitsman, senior, nursing, Hinkley, Barstow High School
  • Belinda Dunbar, sophomore, kinesiology, Hesperia, Hesperia High School
  • Nkechiyere Eboka, senior, biology, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Kylie Edgemon, senior, nursing, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland Christian High School
  • Chelsi Florence, senior, sociology, Rialto, Bloomington Christian High School
  • Sarah Foster, senior, graphic design, Ontario, Colony High School
  • Brittani Fox, sophomore, graphic design, Victorville, Silverado High School
  • Sara Franklin, graduate student, teaching credential, Ontario, Colony High School
  • Brittany Garcia, sophomore, health science, Rialto, Eisenhower High School
  • Adam Ghossein, sophomore, biology, Colton, Public Safety Academy
  • Noah Ghossein, freshman, biology, San Bernardino, Public Safety Academy
  • Kelli Golson, freshman, English literature, Apple Valley, Granite Hills High School
  • Analina Gonzalez, graduate student, counseling, Hesperia, Hesperia High School
  • Brynn Grawe, junior, administration: management, San Bernardino, Rialto High School
  • Sarah Haselton, sophomore, anthropology, Hesperia, Hesperia Christian High School
  • Marilyn Hawley, sophomore, accounting, Fontana, Fontana High School
  • Juan Herrera-Palomino, sophomore, political science, San Bernardino, Rialto High School
  • Gary Hinckley, graduate student, mathematics, Fontana, A.B. Miller High School
  • Tayler Hutton, freshman, pre-nursing, Apple Valley, Granite Hills High School
  • Brittney Jacobsen, junior, psychology, Fontana, Bloomington High School
  • Jose Jacquez, junior, criminal justice, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Jessica Jacuinde, freshman, art, Adelanto, Silverado High
  • Angelica Jimenez, freshman, biology, Highland, Public Safety Academy
  • Harriet Johnson, sophomore, political science, Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms High School
  • Jared Johnson, freshman, computer science, Wrightwood, Serrano High School
  • Chelsey Jones, junior, liberal studies, Hesperia, Sultana High School
  • Jason Kamura, senior, liberal studies, Victorville, Silverado High School
  • Antonio Kanczel, sophomore, biology, Barstow, Barstow High School
  • Tyler Knepper, senior, marketing, Rialto, Wilmer Amina Carter High School
  • Krista Kruse, freshman, liberal studies, Barstow, Barstow High School
  • Ting Ting Law, senior, marketing, Victorville, Victor Valley High School
  • Jonathan Lee, freshman, undeclared, Fontana, Etiwanda High School
  • Kathleen Leon, junior, biology, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Priscilla Leon, senior, information management, San Bernardino, Pacific High School
  • Nyle Leyson, sophomore, pre-nursing, Chino Hills, Chino Hills High School
  • Shellie Liddell, freshman, undeclared, Ontario, Upland Christian Schools
  • Andre Loftis, junior, graphic design, Rialto, Wilmer Amina Carter High School
  • Beatrice Longshore-Cook, senior, anthropology, Hesperia, Hesperia Christian High School
  • Isabel Magana, freshman, liberal studies, San Bernardino, Eisenhower High School
  • Maureen Malaguit, freshman, pre-nursing, Victorville, Victor Valley High School
  • Syndy Malit, sophomore, chemistry, San Bernardino, Colton High School
  • Molly Mann, junior, graphic design, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Karalee Martin, junior, kinesiology, Ontario, Colony High School
  • Cynthia Mata, freshman, biology, San Bernardino, Pacific High School
  • Jamie McVicker, sophomore, nursing, San Bernardino, Bloomington Christian High School
  • Williane Mendiola, junior, nursing, Victorville, Victor Valley High School
  • Melissa Millard, senior, nursing, Rialto, Bloomington Christian High School
  • Jessica Molina, freshman, undeclared, Bloomington, Bloomington High School
  • Madalyn Morris, sophomore, psychology, Rialto, Wilmer Amina Carter High School
  • Megan Mulhern, junior, nutrition and foods sciences, Fontana, A.B. Miller High School
  • Brenda Navarro, senior, biology, Fontana, A.B. Miller High School
  • Kimberly Ng, freshman, kinesiology, Colton, Bloomington Christian High School
  • Ana Ocampo, senior, mathematics, San Bernardino, Rialto High School
  • Michelle Orozco, freshman, psychology, Fontana, Fontana High School
  • Francisco Ortega, freshman, mathematics, Rialto, Eisenhower High School
  • Iris Ortiz, freshman, liberal studies, Apple Valley, Granite Hills High School
  • Bernice Osorinio De La Rosa, sophomore, political science, Rialto, Fontana High School
  • Kimberly Painter, graduate student, national securities studies, Highland, Redlands East Valley High School
  • Drew Penner, senior, criminal justice, Corona, Chino High School
  • Jennie Pirolo, freshman, chemistry, Crestline, Rim of the World High School
  • Melissa Polo, freshman, pre-nursing, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Stephanie Prescott, junior, nursing, Hesperia, Sultana High School
  • Arianna Pruzensky, freshman, biology, Alta Loma, Alta Loma High School
  • Gabriel Quintero, freshman, mathematics, Colton, Colton High School
  • Kristen Ramos, sophomore, political science, Grand Terrace, Colton High School
  • Nicole Rapp, senior, nursing, Chino Hills, Chino Hills High School
  • Jacqueline Reyes, freshman, biology, San Bernardino, Pacific High School
  • Nolberto Rezola, senior, mathematics, San Bernardino, Arroyo Valley High School
  • Michael Rigby, sophomore, criminal justice, Fontana, Summit High School
  • Robert Rigby, sophomore, chemistry, Fontana, Summit High School
  • Brandon Ringlstetter, sophomore, mathematics, Barstow, Barstow High School
  • Michelle Rivera, freshman, psychology, San Bernardino, Fontana A.B. Miller High School
  • Meaghan Romo, junior, psychology, Fontana, A.B. Miller High School
  • Veronica Ruvolo, junior, mathematics, San Bernardino, Cajon High School
  • Sara Salinas, sophomore, graphic design, Victorville, Silverado High School
  • Kimberly Scott, freshman, criminal justice, Hesperia, Hesperia Christian High School
  • Jordyn Shull, senior, management, Ontario, Ontario Christian High School
  • Jesselyn Tabil, freshman, liberal studies, Moreno Valley, Valley View High School
  • Nguyen Tran, sophomore, biology, Highland, Pacific High School
  • Elizabeth Vargas, freshman, undeclared, Chino, Chino High School
  • Ashley Vizenor, senior, chemistry, Chino, Chino High School
  • Jesse Wetzel, freshman, biology, Apple Valley, Sultana High School

Since the program began in 2002, the great majority of PAES recipients have either graduated (some in three years) or are still pursuing a CSUSB degree. As they advance through college and eventually graduate, most of the PAES scholars will become part of a highly educated workforce.

CSUSB serves more than 20,000 students each year. The campus reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. The university has an annual statewide economic impact of more than half a billion dollars, along with more than $32 million in yearly statewide tax revenue.

To help support the President’s Academic Excellence Scholarship program at Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Development at (909) 537-5004.

For additional information about the program, contact the CSUSB admissions and student recruitment office at (909) 537-5188.

For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit http://news.csusb.edu.

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