Thursday, June 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 10, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ (626) 482-8182


Citrus Student Receives Honors from Phi Theta Kappa and Coca Cola

by Rachel White


Citrus College student Christian Ramirez was recently honored by the national honor society for two-year colleges and the Coca-Cola Foundation. 


The Duarte resident was selected to join the 2010 Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team and was also named a Bronze Scholar for the Coca-Cola All-State Community College Academic Team.


“On behalf of the Citrus College community, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Christian for these extraordinary accomplishments,” said Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, Citrus College superintendent/president.  “By receiving these honors, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding student leader and has brought recognition to Citrus College and its academic programs.  I have no doubt that his future will be bright.”


Dr. Gary Woods, president of the Citrus College Board of Trustees, agrees.


“We are all very proud of Christian and all that he has accomplished,” Woods said.  “His success is another wonderful example of why Citrus College is such an outstanding institution.”


An economics/mathematics major, Ramirez is actively involved in Phi Theta Kappa and is currently serving as president of the Citrus College chapter.


Ramirez’ selection to the Phi Theta Kappa All-California Team is the culmination of a lengthy process that began with Citrus College faculty reviewing possible candidates, verifying their grade point averages, and inviting them to apply for the team.  Candidates then filled out applications stating their contributions to Citrus College and the community.  Ramirez’ application was evaluated by Phi Theta Kappa and compared with other candidates from its honor society chapters throughout the state.


Once selected as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-California Academic Team, Ramirez recently attended an awards ceremony at the state capitol.  During the ceremony, he was named a 2010 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar, earning him a $1,000 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation and inclusion in a special section of USA Today that will appear on April 19.


These honors are significant to Ramirez, who said that achieving a higher education has been a struggle and a dream come true.


“Coming from immigrant parents, I am the first to attend college.  I initially lacked motivation to pursue higher education, because I struggled to cope with my learning disabilities and the rigors of a college education,” Ramirez said.  “I felt pressured to be a good example for my family, so I started to change my study habits and set goals.  Both the faculty and staff at Citrus College have helped me achieve my goals.  My dream of attending a prestigious university will become a reality and I will always be grateful for how Citrus College changed my life for the better.”


Ramirez’s Phi Theta Kappa advisors are proud of his accomplishments and say he is deserving of this recognition.


“Christian is highly motivated and dedicated to academic success and has been an outstanding officer of our campus chapter,” said Carolyn Perry, one of the Phi Theta Kappa advisors.  “Citrus students have been selected to receive 2nd and 3rd All-State Academic Team Awards in previous years, but Christian is the first to win 1st place honors and the Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar Award.”


Lisa Telesca, the other Phi Theta Kappa advisor, agrees.


“Christian is a risk taker and true leader,” she said.  “As the chapter president for Phi Theta Kappa, he has helped energize the membership and has planned events to encourage community outreach.  He does not shy away from challenges, but embraces them as opportunities for growth.”


Ramirez plans on transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles or the University of California, Berkeley.  His career goals include working in the financial sector and someday becoming a college professor or administrator.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          MAY 10, 2010
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, CHRISTIAN RAMIREZ (626) 482-8182


Christian Ramirez

Photo by Roy LaBomme