What Do These Six Students Have in Common?

Student Success Story

By Jenny Faubert

Career college students with different interests and from across the country came together on one special day to be honored. On Tuesday, September 23, 2008, the Imagine America Foundation held a prestigious award ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to the 2008 LDRSHIP Award recipients. This year the Foundation received 400 applications. Read below to find out what made these career college students stand out.

Jason Brandon

Jason enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1999. While attending school for his Military Occupational Specialty, Jason received Soldier of the Month during his first week and was the squad leader for six weeks out of the 10-week course. Jason is working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Game Software Development at Westwood College. His hard work and determination have helped him maintain a 3.85 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record.

Cheryl Carr

Cheryl enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 2001 and was quickly recruited into the Ceremonial Guard, where she performed welcome ceremonies for the President of China and for former President George H.W. Bush. Cheryl is working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. Cheryl is an excellent student who maintains a 3.9 GPA and a near-perfect attendance record.

Latonya Davis

Latonya Davis joined the Navy after her mother passed in 1997. As an aviation medical corpsman stationed in Guam, Latonya worked with some of the best Navy and Air Force flight surgeons to prepare her for her future career. Focus, determination and attention to detail are a few of the characteristics that help Latonya excel at Herzing College. Latonya is working on her Associate degree in Health Science, maintaining a 3.6 GPA and perfect attendance.

Sharonda Davis

Sharonda Davis joined the Navy after her mother passed. In 2003, Sharonda was stationed in New Orleans. Losing all her belongings in Hurricane Katrina never deterred her from her goals. Sharonda is raising a family, working the third shift and going to school full-time because she is determined to provide a better future for her family. Sharonda is studying Surgical Technology at Concorde Career Institute, where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and has a perfect attendance record.

Hong-ye Huang

Hong-ye entered the U.S. Marines Corps shortly after 9/11. In July 2006, Hong-ye was part of the American-Lebanese evacuation, which rescued 800 people from war-battered Lebanon. After five weeks at ECPI Technical College, Hong-ye received the Outstanding Student Award. Hong-ye is working toward his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science/Information Systems. He maintains a 4.0 GPA and has a perfect attendance record.

James Ramirez

James entered the U.S. Army as a young man. Serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom were some of his proudest moments while in the Army. As an exceptional student at Marine Mechanics Institute, James has made the honor roll twice, maintains a 4.0 GPA, and has a perfect attendance record. James is studying to become a Marine Technician Specialist.

Congratulations to the 2008 Imagine America Foundation’s LDRSHIP Award recipients! The Foundation would like to thank Lockheed Martin and Military.com for their support of the 2008 LDRSHIP Awards. For more information on the LDRSHIP Award, click here.