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About Me

Academic Awards & Accreditation

I received numerous awards during my undergraduate studies and at the end of high school.

I share them not to seem boastful but rather as evidence of my skills and work ethic for potential employers.

I am also deeply proud of my successes because I was an at-risk youth. For a significant portion of my life, my family was below poverty level, and we moved around so much that I never stayed at a single school for more than a year and a half straight until high school. We moved between CT, FL, and AZ.

I was the first in my family to attend college, and it was only possible because of the generous scholarships, federal assistance, and merit-based waivers that I received.


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Bachelor of Arts in journalism & creative writing
University of Arizona 2009

Public Allies graduate 2010
an Americorps national service program

Santa Rita High School, 2004

Sherman R. Miller Award - Outstanding Senior
in the University of Arizona School of Journalism

B.P. Campbell Award - Most Outstanding Junior
(in the University of Arizona Journalism Department)

Leadership and Service Award
recognizes individuals who have made special contributions to the School of Journalism through their work outside of class

Arizona Daily Wildcat Alumni Award
in recognition of career achievement and general excellence at the newspaper

William Hattich Award
for professionalism in journalism

Keith Busch Memorial Scholarship
for a student copyeditor, in memory of Keith, whom I knew and who passed away in spring 2008

U of A Journalism Scholarship

Arizona Press Club Scholarship
selected as one of three students in 2008

Concerned Media Professionals
first-place scholarship recipient

D.C. "Darn Cat" Scholarship
awarded to a journalism student in memory of the authors of "That Darn Cat"

Arizona Daily Wildcat Award
for Excellence in Copyediting

Magellan Circle Scholar
U of A College of Social Sciences scholarship award

Kappa Tau Alpha member
National Honor Society
in Journalism & Mass Communication

Sigma Alpha Lambda
National Leadership & Honors Organization

First-Level Honors Award
half-way mark to graduating with honors

First Prize in the 2005 Student's Guide
to First-Year Writing Essay Contest

award & publication as a freshman

University of Arizona Provost Scholarship

University of Arizona
President's Award for Excellence Scholarship

United States Marine Corps Award
for academic achievement & leadership