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Montgomery College Commencement

Board of Trustees Scholars 2016


Apprenticeship Scholar
MR. TAIYO V. ASANO

MR. TAIYO V. ASANO

MR. TAIYO V. ASANO is completing a four-year apprenticeship program as an HVAC technician. He is graduating with a 3.83 grade point average in his apprenticeship. He is enrolled in the Association of Air Conditioning Professionals (AACP), formerly the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, National Capital Chapter (ACCA/NCC) apprenticeship program. Mr. Asano is employed with the Capron Company, Inc., a specialty mechanical services contractor in Rockville. Not only was he an outstanding student, but he also helped other students with their studies. Among the high praise for Mr. Asano’s work ethic, one former client had this to say: “Mr. Asano has the rare combination of technical prowess and craftsmanship, matched with solid emotional and professional maturity.”


Germantown Campus Scholar
MR. ERIC A. BARON

MR. ERIC A. BARON

MR. ERIC A. BARON, a business administration major and member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Born in Plano, Texas, he is a first-generation American. As a member of the Macklin Business Institute (MBI), he had the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship firsthand. He was involved in Enactus, serving as a project leader for Hunger Alleviation, which works with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program to coordinate and manage food distribution to the food pantry. He also worked at the MBI Café, both as a barista/cashier and as a member of the accounting team. He served as vice president of Phi Theta Kappa and tutored in accounting and mathematics at the Germantown Campus. He will be transferring to American University to pursue a dual major in mathematics and economics. He would like to pursue a master’s degree in financial engineering at one of the Ivy League schools.


Rockville Campus Scholar
MR. JEROME B. QUENUM

MR. JEROME B. QUENUM

MR. JEROME B. QUENUM, an electrical engineering major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Originally from Benin, West Africa, he moved to the United States in 2013. He served as a STEM ambassador, volunteering in middle school and high school engineering outreach programs. He also tutored in the Math and Science Center. As a member of the Society of Physics Students, he presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers. He was treasurer of the Math Club and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Club. After completing a summer internship, he will continue serving in the US military. Mr. Quenum has earned several outstanding achievement awards in mathematics, physics, and engineering. He will pursue a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland. He would like to pursue a doctoral degree.


Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Scholar
MS. FREHIWOT Y. SEYOUM

MS. FREHIWOT Y. SEYOUM

MS. FREHIWOT Y. SEYOUM, a general studies major and member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She emigrated from Ethiopia in July 2013, and enrolled at Montgomery College in spring 2014. During her matriculation at the College, she has been an active member of the Ethiopian Student Association. She earned the Andreae Vesalii Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in Anatomy and Physiology I. She has participated in various volunteer activities both on and off campus, including the Montgomery College Open House for Ethiopian Community and Confluence: Translation in the Capital Area, the conference celebrating International Translation Day. Ms. Seyoum plans to transfer to the University of Maryland School of Nursing, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her long-term goal is to become a doctor.


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