By Will Ranos
Co-Editor in Chief
With the Nordic Lounge full of about 200 people, LBCC students were presented with awards from ASB Student Life on Thursday, Dec. 3, for their efforts outside the classroom.
ASB honored five students this semester with the Viking Award. Benny Carrillo, Robert Devlin, Tangikina Moimoi, Brandon Richardson and Justin Yin were the Fall winners.
Devlin, representative of student services, said, “I was honored to be part of such an elite group. I know a few of the other members who received it this year and they are really great students. I am really just happy to be a part of that group.”
ASB has three levels of awards. The first level is the Honor Certificate. After a student receives that award, they are then eligible to receive the Star Award, which is the LAC prize, and the Crystal Award, which is the PCC honor. Finally, if a student receives the Honor Certificate and either the Star or Crystal Award, they are eligible to receive the Viking Award.
Brandon Richardson, 27, former editor in chief of the Viking newspaper and City magazine, said, “Over the last two years I have put in countless hours in the journalism program and worked very hard to put out the best publications possible. To be recognized for those efforts is very special and a great honor.”
In an attempt to surprise the candidates, the winners were simply informed they had a meeting with the Interim Dean of Student Affairs Alicia Kruizenga. However, some of the candidates were a little worried what the purpose of the meeting was.
Carrillo, former Spring 2015 LAC Club Senate president, said, “They sent me an email saying I have a meeting with the dean and that’s never a good sign. So I’m just like, ‘It’s either one of two things: either I’m in trouble or it’s the Viking Award.’”
Devlin said, “I got called into Alicia’s office and I kept asking them why. I thought I was in trouble for something, but when I saw the group of people in there, I realized that we had received an award.”
In addition to the Viking awards, ASB honored 60 additional recipients for the Honor Certificates, Crystal and Star awards, John Fylpaa awards, Cultural Affairs Council awards, Club Senate Board awards and club awards.
Board President Doug Otto, Trustee Sunny Zia and President Eloy Oakley attended the event.
ASB Cabinet adviser Maya Cardenas will be leaving LBCC after today, Friday, Dec. 4, and will be replaced by current public relations coordinator Camille Bolton.
The Viking Award winners and the ASB Cabinet will be honored with a banquet today, Friday, Dec. 4, from 8-10 a.m.