Honoring the Students and Educators of Distinction 2024

Students and Educators of Distinction Recipients
By Adriana Jimenez

May 20, 2024 - 03:33 PM

Mt. SAC honored the best of the best amongst its students and professors during the annual Students and Educators of Distinction Awards Ceremony at the Student Center on Saturday May 18 at 11:30am.  

Students were nominated by faculty and staff in four different categories including Academic Achievement, Service Achievement, Competitive Achievement, and Personal Achievement. An Educator of Distinction is a Mt. SAC professor, staff member, or manager who is nominated by a student to be honored for outstanding contributions to the student experience at Mt. SAC.


“I could not have been more fortunate,” said student Nicole Bewley-Hudson, who will be receiving a Personal Achievement award. “Call it fate, kismet, or just plain luck, but I don’t think I would have had the success that I have had at Mt. SAC anywhere else.

I am so thankful for the professors I have had who encouraged me to do my best and helped to rebuild my self-esteem, giving me the courage to pursue my goals that I had once thought long lost.”


Bewley-Hudson will be transferring to Cal Poly Technic University Pomona in the Fall of 2024 and majoring in Business Administration.


Students are nominated through faculty and staff nominations, and then submit an essay focused on their category, letters of recommendation, and an activity transcript for those in the Service Achievement Category. Students are then scored and selected by the Students of Distinction Committee. Recipients not only receive a $2,000 scholarship, plaque, label pin, but also legislative commendations in recognition of their achievements.

Employees are nominated by Mt. SAC students and scored by the Educators of Distinction Committee. Based on candidate information and criteria, the committee will appoint approximately five recipients.

Here is the complete list of winners:


Alberto Rivera

Andrew Guzman

Autumn Lee Miller

Celina Therese D. Espanta

Jay Jheng

Maria Mayet

Prianna Hong

Serena Chou

Sophia Quach




Artemis O’Reilly-Han

Janis Espinoza

Samuel Slezak



Carolina Angelina Cortes

Cesia J. Chavez

Gloria Pimentel

Michaela Martin

Nicole S. Bewley-Hudson

Toni Lopez




Maw Karly V. Simon

Yifan (Ethan) Wang



Chrystin Green

Gabriela L. Klein

John Pellitteri

Richard Barned

Urias A. Garcia