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Student of the Month

The Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month award recognizes outstanding students who are members of the organization. Each month, a participating student is selected for the award based upon her or his work in Project Strive/TRiO and other activities on campus or in the community. Award winners will receive a plaque from Project Strive and have their photo placed in the “Project Strive/TRiO 2013-14 Student of the Month” Achievement Recognition board. The board, located in the Strive Learning Center, is themed The Essence of Success: “Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves.”

April 2014 - James De La Cerna

DanielJames De La Cerna has been named the Chadron State College Project Strive/TRiO program April 2014 Strive Student of the Month. De La Cerna of Chula Vista, California is currently a senior majoring in Sports and Recreation Management with an option in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition and Wellness. He joined the Project Strive family in 2009 and has been an active member ever since. James has evolved into an exceptional student, role model for other Strivers, and overall great addition to the Chadron State College community.. He is involved in Chi Alpha, Blue Key, and frequents the dean’s list. When he is not studying, James enjoys countless hours in the gym. Don’t be afraid to approach this guy, he would definitely give you amazing pointers on anything from fitness to nutrition.

March 2014 - Yadira Gurrola

JulyaYadira Gurrola has been named the Chadron State College Project Strive/TRiO program March 2014 Strive Student of the Month. Gurrola of Scottsbluff, Nebraska is currently a sophomore majoring in social work, which is a fitting major for this driven, compassionate young woman. She will continue to make a huge impact in any community she chooses to gain employment. Yadira is a prime example of what Project Strive students strive to be. She is very passionate in everything she does from family to school. Her current accomplishments and activities include: ACT Foundation Council Member, Upward Bound Summer Team Leader, CSC resident advisor for fall 2014, dean’s list, and social work club. She manages to juggle an active social life, family, school, and work with a constant smile on her face.

February 2014 - Tawny Staab

AdamProject Strive/TRiO nominated Tawny Staab as the February 2014 Strive Student of the Month. Miss Staab joined the Project Strive family in fall of 2012 from her hometown of Sidney, Nebraska. Her love of math directed her to her current major in Business with an Accounting option. In the near future, she will be working for us doing our taxes. At CSC, she has pursued a passion from high school in cheerleading. Her great attitude and flair make her a perfect fit for the team. In her off time, she enjoys shopping, getting manicures, and trying out new hairstyles. From day one, she has been a great addition to Project Strive and continues to promote the program to new people.

January 2014 - Elizabeth Rice

TrevorProject Strive/TRiO nominated Elizabeth Rice as the January 2014 Strive Student of the Month. Run, Liz, run! This determined young woman completed her first marathon in the mountains of Colorado in the summer of 2013. This also rings true with her dedication to her studies here at Chadron State College, where she is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Liz joins the Project Strive family from Ravenna, Nebraska. Her campus activities include: resident advisor in High Rise, member of the track and cross country team, and has made the dean’s list multiple times. In her free time, she enjoys running, dancing, and watching The Office. This fearless chick isn’t afraid to stand out and express herself.

December 2013 - Nicholle Lang

Nicholle“Take me out to the ball game” might be a common tune sung by Nicholle Lang, that is, if it is a Colorado Rockies game. This sports enthusiast not only likes baseball, but her other favorite sporting teams include: Denver Broncos, Huskers, and Chicago Cubs. This senior elementary education major of Scottsbluff, Nebraska also enjoys shopping, swimming, softball, and her beloved dog Izzy. She finds the unique balance of campus involvement: Chi Alpha and Project Strive, academics, and friends. With her bubbly, caring, and creative personality, Nicholle will truly make a fantastic elementary teacher in the very near future.

November 2013 - Ryan Carden

RyanNow this is the story all about how. His life got flipped, turned upside down. And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there. I'll tell you how he came from San Diego to a town called Chadron. Ryan is a transfer student from Grossmont College, studying sports and recreation management. This business savvy student possesses many leadership skills that will make him extremely successful in the long run. He is a true asset to Project Strive and we can only hope other students follow his dedicated work ethic and study skills. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fishing, basketball, and weightlifting. With a charismatic personality, one can usually find him among a crowd of close friends.

October 2013 - Aisea Tremaine

AiseaDon’t worry, be happy should be the theme song for Aisea Tremaine. Aisea comes to CSC from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This recreation major is a gem in the Project Strive program. He always comes in with a positive attitude and encourages other participants to be the best person they can be. In his free time, Aisea enjoys hanging out with his close-knit group of friends, sleeping, and plays a mad game of volleyball. He boasts a winning title for two on two intramural sand volleyball for CSC. Not only is Aisea active in the community, but is an extremely active member of Chi-Alpha.

September 2013 - Sarah Lecher

SarahDo you need a body guard? I have the perfect gal for the job. Sarah Lecher is a holder of a black belt in martial arts and even assists in instruction of her art. Sarah is a native Chadron-ite and CSC is lucky to be graced with her presence. In her time at CSC, she studies theatre and has been active in the department, especially in “Little Shop of Horrors”. This upbeat chick is a familiar face around Project Strive and brings a good laugh to all events and activities. In her spare time, she is a movie enthusiast which fits perfectly with her future career goal of being a filmmaker.

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