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Montgomery College Commencement

Board of Trustees Scholars 2017


Apprenticeship Scholar
MR. DOUGLAS W. LINDAHL SR.

MR. DOUGLAS W. LINDAHL SR.

MR. DOUGLAS W. LINDAHL SR. is completing a four-year apprenticeship program as an HVAC technician. He is graduating with a 3.82 grade point average. He is enrolled in the Association of Air Conditioning Professionals apprenticeship-related instruction program. He works for Mallick Plumbing and Heating, Inc. Mr. Lindahl began his career as a residential plumbing apprentice, moving on to commercial plumbing and HVAC. He says the greatest reward over his 30-year career has been helping teach young men and women who are considering employment in the HVAC field. He is very active in the Howard County Youth Program, organizing the annual bingo event for the baseball program. He would like to pursue an associate’s degree in building trades technology. Mr. Lindahl and his wife, Allison, live in West Friendship, Maryland. They have three children.


Germantown Campus Scholar
MR. AUSTIN H. WICKHAM

MR. AUSTIN H. WICKHAM

MR. AUSTIN H. WICKHAM, a business administration major and member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He was born and raised in Germantown, Maryland. As a member of the Macklin Business Institute (MBI), he participated in Enactus regional and national competitions; the One Hen project, allocating microloans to entrepreneurs around the world; and served as host of Raptor Tank, showcasing student entrepreneur business plans. He also worked at the MBI Café as a barista/cashier and served on the accounting team. He earned the Germantown Campus Business Administration Award and the Student Employee of the Year Award. Mr. Wickham was the second vice president for the Student Senate. He plans to transfer to a top undergraduate business school to double major in accounting and finance. He wants to be a certified public accountant.


Rockville Campus Scholar
MS. TATIANA I. MÉNDEZ

MS. TATIANA I. MÉNDEZ

MS. TATIANA I. MÉNDEZ, an international studies major and member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Born and raised in Colombia, Ms. Méndez came to the United States in 2009. She enrolled at the Rockville Campus in 2014. She received the Academic Excellence Award in Elementary Portuguese II. Employing the tools and skills she acquired at Montgomery College, Ms. Méndez worked tirelessly for a variety of causes, namely animal rights, immigrant rights, farm worker rights, and Latin American issues. She founded and led the Brazil Club and the MC Voice for Animals Club. She currently manages the Central American Minors Program at the International Rescue Committee in Silver Spring. She will pursue a bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of Maryland. Ms. Méndez plans to continue advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society.


Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus Scholar
MS. KEVIN BIRUNGI

MS. KEVIN BIRUNGI

MS. KEVIN BIRUNGI, a general studies STEM major and member of Phi Theta Kappa, is graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. She moved to the United States from Uganda in September 2013. She has served in a number of student leadership roles, including vice president of the Inter-Club Council, officer of the Math Club, and member of Ambassadors for Christ. An active member of the honors community, she presented her research at the 2016 Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference, and the 2016 Beacon Conference, where she won the Allied Health and Nursing Panel. Ms. Birungi also earned the Bernice Pierson Award for biology student of the year for her work as a tutor in biology and chemistry. She plans to transfer to Dickinson College, where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in biology. Her goal is to become a cardiologist.


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