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Quest for the Best

The 2022 Quest for the Best honorees:

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Amaya Childes

Senior, Sociology, minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Dr. Stacey Sinclair

 

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Carlos Fitch

Senior, double majoring in History & Spanish

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Dr. Henry Villegas

 

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Ryan Hardmeyer

Senior, double marjoring in Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Tishna Asim

 

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Amari Jackson

Junior, Psychology

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Ahliyah Chambers

 

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Maryana Khames

Senior, International Security and Conflict Resolutions

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Christina Brown

 

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Grace Markel

Senior, Business Marketing with minors in Interdisciplinary Studies and Sustainability 

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Dr. Erlinde Cornelis

 

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Jenny O'Connor

Senior, Psychology with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Maureen Paolini

 

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Alexia (Lex-O) Oduro

Senior, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences 

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord

 

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Crissy Ramirez

Senior, Communication with a minor in Counseling and Social Change

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Chelsea Lombrozo

 

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Diva Zeckua

Senior, Biology, minors in Leadership & Italian Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree - Dr. Emilio Ulloa

 

 

 

 

 

 

The application for the 2022 year is closed! Check back Spring 2023 for next year's application

The measure of a university is more than the sum of its buildings, the size of its enrollment, its array of degrees, its number of graduates, or its cumulative grade point average. It is instead the qualities of the people which comprise its community: students, faculty, and staff. The educational mission is more than certification of degrees; it is instead a series of quests. It is a quest for knowledge about our present world, its past, and its possible future. It is an internal quest, to discover and develop the potential within each person. It is a quest to serve and improve the community outside the university and to further human understanding and the qualities of leadership.

The “Quest for the Best” awards seek to recognize outstanding student leaders who have typified and promoted the mission of the university. This Vice Presidential Student Service award is given each April to the “best of the best” at SDSU – those students who excel academically and through community and campus involvement. This award recognizes individual excellence in academics, campus involvement, and community service.

The “Quest for the Best” awards are presented at a gala banquet in April. The ceremony is attended by winning students two special guests of each winner, and faculty honorees.

Applicants are evaluated in four areas:

  1. Academic excellence, including grade point average (a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 is required), individual research, participation in professional and academic societies, involvement in departmental activities, etc.;
  2. Student involvement and commitment, including student organizations, student government and college councils, The Daily Aztec, housing, fraternity/sorority life, athletics, honor societies, etc.;
  3. Community service outside the SDSU campus, including volunteer work with medical, social service, theatrical, artistic, cultural, political entities, etc.;
  4. Leadership qualities and development, including the degree of involvement and initiative within activities, the furtherance of intercultural understanding, and evidence of the development of positive, ethical decision-making.

Nominations are open to regularly enrolled SDSU students who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, have completed at least one year at SDSU and at least 75 units of college work. Applications of students on probation of any kind will not be reviewed.

Questions? Email Michelle Halverson coordinator of the award, at [email protected]

Past Winners 

The 2021 honorees:

photo: quest for the best winner Madi Balagtas

Madi Balagtas

Senior, Cellular & Molecular Biology with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Ricardo Zayas



 
photo of quest winner Dylan Corliss

Dylan Corliss

Senior, Philosophy with double minors in Computer Science and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Stacey Sinclair



 
photo: quest for the best winner Margot Ermer

Margot Ermer

Junior, Communications with a double minor in Women’s Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Brandi Tonne



 
photo:quest for the best winner Ashley Jackson

Ashley Jackson

Senior, Nursing with a double minor in Leadership and Child Development

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Gerilyn Herold



 
Photo: quest winner Maxwell Johnson

Maxwell Johnson

Senior, double majoring in Political Science and Communications with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Brandi Tonne



 
photo: quest winner Sophie Levi

Sophie Levi

Senior, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences with a minor in Spanish

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord



 
photo: quest winner Cassandra Libang

Cassandra Libang

Senior, Child and Family Development

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Hsing-Chen Tung



 
photo: quest winner Katrina Mogannam

Katrina Mogannam

Senior, biochemistry with double minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Manal Swairjo



 
photo: quest winner Rebecca Rodriguez Casillas

Rebecca Rodriguez Casillas

Junior, Food and Nutrition with a minor in Social Work

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Jamie Harguess



photo: quest winner Chrystian Smith

Chrystian Smith

Senior, double majoring in Political Science and History with a minor in Sociology

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Wesley Palau

 

The 2020 honorees:

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Tia Abusham

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Senior, Double majoring in biology and philosophy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Omar Baza, Student Life & Leadership



 
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Dustin Adkins

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Senior, Sociology and Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Andrea Dooley, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs



 
photo: quest for the best winner Christian Holt

Christian Holt

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Senior, Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Anwar Cruter, Residential Education Office



 
photo:quest for the best winner Talia Kieu

Talia Kieu

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Public Health, minors in Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Jerel Calzo, School of Public Health



 
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Brandon Lim

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Senior, Psychology & Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies, minor in Sociology

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Kimberly Nishi, Counseling & Psychological Services



 
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Julia Moluf

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, minor in Psychology of Personality

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord, College of Health and Human Services



 
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Gabriella Medina

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Junior, Sustainability, minor in Political Science

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Lori Stewart, Religious Studies



 
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Naomi Moore

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, International Security and Conflict Resolution

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Cheryl O’Brien, Political Science



 
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Citlayi Villaseñor

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Cellular & Molecular Biology

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Thelma Chavez, College of Sciences



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Maria Voss

(pronouns: she. her, hers)

Junior, International Security and Conflict Resolution with an Emphasis in Environment and Security, minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Cheryl O’Brien, Political Science

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Richard Amaechi (pronouns: he/him/his)

Junior, International Business with an emphasis in Japanese and Finance, minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Cultural Proficiency

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Sandra Cook, Enrollment Services

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Annika Bilog (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Senior, Nursing, minor in Leadership Development

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Gerilyn Herold, School of Nursing

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Arturo Fernandez Rios (pronouns: he/him/his)

Senior, Business Administration

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Michelle Dean, Management

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Daniela Garcia (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Senior, Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Mathematics

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Miguel Rahiotis, Imperial Valley Campus

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Aubie Jones (pronouns: she/her/hers)
Senior, Kinesiology with an emphasis in Physical Therapy, minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Gwendolyn Hill, Health Professions Advising Office

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Liana Marin (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Junior, Industrial Organizational Psychology, minors in Leadership Development and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Chelsea Winer, Student Life & Leadership

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Morgan Newport (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Senior, International Security and Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in Environment and Security

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Cheryl O'Brien, Political Science

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Tomi Osinfolarin (pronouns: he/him/his)

Senior, Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy, minor in Cultural Proficiency

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Estralita Martin, College of Sciences

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Latrel Powell (pronouns: he/him/his)

Senior, Political Science and Africana Studies, minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Martha Encisco, Weber Honors College

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Renata Valente (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Senior, Economics with a specialization in Quantitative Analysis, minors in Sociology and Leadership Development

Faculty/Staff Honoree: Dr. Lisa Gates, College of Education