LCCC students receive recognitions
Lorain County Community College students Victoria Soewarna, of Elyria, and Julie O’Brien, of Columbia Station, earned All-Ohio Academic Team honors will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 25, 2013 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
Soewarna was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team First Team. She was also named to the All-USA Academic Team – one of only 20 students in the country to receive the honor. Soewarna was recognized at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., on April 22. O’Brien was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team. O’Brien and Soewarna will each receive a scholarship and a medal for their placement at the state level.
“Victoria and Julie are wonderful representatives of the students at Lorain County Community College,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “They are motivated individuals who are driven to better themselves and their community.”
Soewarna is researching a cure for HIV/AIDS and was a presenter at a national science conference. She is 17 and 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.
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.