Student Recognition & Awards 2021
A Language Arts Division Tradition
For more than thirty years, with generous support from Bruce Swenson, former president of the FHDA Board of Trustees, the Language Arts Awards have brought students, faculty, staff and administrators from Foothill's English, Foreign Language, and ESL departments together to celebrate our shared creativity, courage, and commitment as a learning community.
Celebrating Student Words, Wisdom & Action
Instead of being based solely on grades or tests, these awards celebrate the words, wisdom, and actions of students for each quarter — all of whom have overcome enormous obstacles to achieve success in college. In addition, these same students have reached out to assist and inspire others to succeed and thrive as well.
Those who receive an award can feel proud that their professor carefully selected them for praise and acknowledgment from among many dozens or even hundreds of students. And they should know that the extra effort and care and love they poured into their classes is an inspiration to all of us.
Our Celebration is Twofold
All faculty may select students in their classes to honor with a Language Arts Achievement Award. In addition, faculty may nominate students for our four Language Arts Division Scholarships, with this year's scholarship recipients highlighted in videos below from the nominating faculty.
It is the privilege of the Language Arts division to honor the following students for our Language Arts Achievement Awards and our Special Scholarships. Please visit both sections below to view those students receiving awards this year!
Language Arts Achievement Awards
Please join us in congratulating our 2021 students recognized for their contributions.
|Jayme Albritton||Stephanie Chan||ENGL 22|
|Gallia Bedolla||Stephanie Chan||ENGL 1B|
|Abraham Guerrero Tello||Stephanie Chan||ENGL 1C|
|Baylie Jett Mills||Stephanie Chan||CRWR 6|
|Armani Barnes||Kimberly Escamilla||English 12 & 1B|
|Stephanie Cinereski||Kimberly Escamilla||English 1A|
|Thomas Thompson||Kimberly Escamilla||English 1A|
|Jamison Hall||Tess Hansen||ENGL 1C|
|Keziah Clark||Allison Herman||ENGL 1A|
|Sara Gonsalves||Allison Herman||ENGL 1C|
|Adrian Ortiz||Allison Herman||ENGL 1A|
|Donald Wilson||Allison Herman||ENGL 1B|
|Antonio Arellano||Scott Lankford||ENGL1B|
|Baylie Jett Mills||Scott Lankford||ENGL1B.01W|
|Mokhalad Aljuboori||Brian Lewis||ENGL 1A|
|Baylie Jett Mills||Brian Lewis||ENGL 1A|
|Kay Hughes||Brian Lewis||ENGL 1A|
|Schyler Martin||Brian Lewis||ENGL 37/ENGL 1A|
|Nikoloz Jokhadze||Jim McDonald||English 1A|
|Karen Lopez||Jim McDonald|
|Viviana Aguilar||Natalia Menendez||ENGL 1S|
|Shawn Dixon||Natalia Menendez||ENGL 1T|
|Manny Ruiz||Natalia Menendez||ENGL 16|
|Mckenna Gibson||Richard Mills||ENGL 1B|
|Maziar Montazer||Richard Mills||ENGL 1A|
|Elena Burger||Doren Robbins||ENGL F017|
|Georgia Fakoukaki||Doren Robbins||ENGL 1B|
|Disha Shidham||Doren Robbins||ENGL 11H1HW|
|Katia Bent||Isabel Sperry||ENGL 1A|
|Toby Fuchs||Isabel Sperry||ENGL 1C|
|Jessica Marroquin||Isabel Sperry||ENGL 1A|
|Ashlyn Winkel||Isabel Sperry||ENGL 1A|
English for Second Language Learners
|Nara Arakelyan||Robert Lanz||NCEL 425|
|Shirley Festa||Robert Lanz||NCEL 405|
|Lixia Yan||Robert Lanz||NCEL 425|
|Shirley Festa||Amy Sarver||NCEL 471|
|Marie Moll||Amy Sarver||NCEL 425|
|Silvia Morales||Amy Sarver||NCEL 421|
|Marina Shlimenzon||Amy Sarver||NCEL 423|
|Niall Doherty||Ikuko Rakow||JAPN 2|
|Wendy Nishizaki||Ikuko Rakow||JAPN 2|
|Anton Smirnov||Ikuko Rakow||JAPN 3|
|Eric Huyn||Julio Rivera-Montanez||Spanish 2|
|Peter Katapodis||Julio Rivera-Montanez||Spanish 1|
|Victoria Stood||Julio Rivera-Montanez||Spanish 13A|
Teaching and Learning Center
|Hanyi He||Katherine Lee, TLC program coordinator; and Ileana da Silva, TLC faculty coordinator||NCLA 406A|
Language Arts Special Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of donors who are committed to honoring our students, we are proud to announce recipients of the following special scholarships.
Scholarship Criteria: Recipients were nominated by the faculty in the division and selected by a committee of division representatives.
Nancy G. Schrier Creative Writing Award (Two at $500)
nominated by Susie Huerta
nominated by Stephanie Chan
recipients of this year’s
Nancy Schrier Award
About the Scholarship: Nancy G. Schrier was an enthusiastic teacher at Foothill College for 25 years and enjoyed sharing her passion for poetry and fiction with students. The purpose of this fund is to provide annual award(s) to Foothill student(s) nominated and chosen by Foothill Language Arts faculty. Specifically, the award is for a student who has taken at least one English class in the current academic year and has demonstrated a passion for creative writing and/or poetry. Special consideration is given to those students who have persevered in the face of challenges to pursue their education.
Video from faculty SUSIE HUERTA, nominating NICOLE MENSICK
Video from faculty STEPHANIE CHAN, nominating WENDY RODRIGUEZ
Jason Whitten Memorial Award for Outstanding English Students ($1000)
recipient of this year’s
Jason Whitten Memorial Award
nominated by Kimberly Escamilla
About the Scholarship: This award honors a student who has taken at least one English class in the current academic year, has persevered in the face of challenges to pursue their education, and who has become an outstanding student in English as demonstrated through their writing. The student should have a passion for reading and writing but have also overcome adversity to succeed at Foothill.
Video from faculty KIMBERLY ESCAMILLA, nominating JAYDEN MURRAY-HOUSTON
Video with thank you from scholarship recipient JAYDEN MURRAY-HOUSTON
Anne Paye Award for Demonstrated Facility with Language ($500)
recipient of this year’s
Anne Paye Award for Demonstrated Facility with Language
nominated by Stephanie Chan
About the Scholarship: Over her long career as an English faculty member at Foothill College, Anne Paye evinced a profound appreciation for the novel use of language. This award is given to a Language Arts student who has demonstrated a similar love of language. The student’s writing may not have been perfect or free or error, but it showcased language in new, interesting, and/or exciting ways; the student might have marshaled unexpected evidence in support of an argument, or they may have turned a phrase so exactly that the reader was given pause to reflect. The student’s writing should call attention to itself both for its precision and its insight.
Video from faculty STEPHANIE CHAN, nominating VANESSA HATAKEYAMA
I am honored and humbled to be selected for this year’s Anne Paye award, and so grateful for the enduring support, encouragement and inspiration from my Foothill professors and fellow classmates. I would like to sincerely thank Professor Stephanie Chan for lifting me up throughout the year, indulging my wandering questions at countless office hour sessions, and for helping me find my voice in a time when I felt a need to speak up and express myself, but didn’t quite know how. Being able to engage in creative writing and immerse myself in literature over the last year was an unexpected gift, helping me to process my thoughts and emotions, allowing me to persevere throughout the pandemic and to find a path forward—and I am so excited to see where that path leads. Thank you!
Fred H. McClure ESL Award (Two at $500)
MARIA PICO HERNANDEZ
both nominated by Amy Sarver
recipients of this year’s
Fred H. McClure ESL Award
About the Scholarship: This award is for non-native English speakers who have distinguished themselves in an ESLL or English class. This recognition should go to exemplary students whose work and work ethic demonstrated a commitment to learning and excelling. The students may not necessarily have been “A” students, but should have demonstrated through class work and participation an above average engagement in the learning process. The award recognizes the students’ determination to learn and grown, to highlight their persistence, perseverance, and eagerness to reach beyond the standard outcomes of a course.
Video from faculty AMY SARVER, nominating SONIA HERNANDEZ
Video from faculty AMY SARVER, nominating MARIA PICO HERNANDEZ
Past Award Celebrations
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