Aspiring students often find themselves unrewarded for their pursuits of greatness in education. The State Student Advisory Council (SSAC) created a system to reward students who have gone above and beyond in school and performed extraordinarily.
The Rising Star Award is given to students who exhibit high levels of leadership and student involvement. Fabian Sanchez, a Front Range Community College-Westminster student, a Student Ambassador-lead, and a TRiO Participant has continued to strive far above his peers. He was recently nominated for and selected as a Rising Star.
“I’m extremely honored. I immediately wanted to thank all of the people who helped. I’m still in shock, even though I’ve known for a couple weeks,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez was nominated because of his connected and benevolent involvement at Front Range Community College. The Rising Star Award has given Sanchez the ability recognize ways that he can further impact the Front Range Community.
“The award offers me the chance to meet other people who have done remarkable things at their college,” noted Sanchez.
Sanchez also stated the importance of communication within an educational and workplace environment. Communication skills learned while working as a Student Ambassador have given him valuable insights and reasons behind his award. “Learn how to be apart of a team. In the adult world, just about every job has a team. Very rarely are you independent, someone is always reliant on you,” said Sanchez.
Sanchez advised aspiring Rising Stars to get involved on campus through work-study employment, student clubs and study groups. FRCC needs more students like Sanchez, who strive for more, instead of students who strive for what’s expected.
Written by Jacob Hallberg
Photo provided by Julie Beggs