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DMC inducts four new “Hall of Fame” members during virtual 69th Annual Recognition Ceremony held tonight

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

For nearly seven decades, the Del Mar College (DMC) campus community has anticipated the annual Recognition Ceremony, where students and educators are celebrated for their academic achievements, community service and mentorship. Due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College held its 69th Annual Recognition Ceremony virtually this evening.

The College honored 65 students who received “Outstanding Achievement” Awards in programs of study in the institution’s academic divisions, along with this year’s East and West Campus Instructors of the Year. Additionally, the four newest members of the prestigious DMC Hall of Fame were inducted.

A time-honored tradition since 1949, this year’s four Hall of Fame inductees include Hunter Carver, computer programming and business administration major; Nadya Garcia, speech major; Joel Hernandez, music education major; and Christina Venegas, court reporting major. Students are selected for their scholarship, leadership and participation in student organizations. These four students join the ranks of nearly 414 inductees who have set the bar for becoming DMC Hall of Fame honorees.

The College also recognized faculty selected as Instructors of the Year for both the East and West Campuses through an online ballot process by the student body. DMC Student Government Association leadership introduced the two honorees––Trey Alvarez, instructor of dental hygiene with the Dental and Imaging Technology Department on the West Campus, and Dr. Bryan Stone, professor of history with the Social Sciences Department on the East Campus.

Before celebrating the new “Hall of Fame” inductees, the College recognized its “Outstanding” students, including:


Advertising/Public Relations: Leah Johnston; Biology: Jennifer Norman; Chemistry: Richard Rodriguez; Digital/Media: Jalil Hamauei; Foreign Language: Emily Donato; Interpreter Preparation and Deaf Studies: Laura Josephsen, Andie Purdy; Kinesiology: Alydah Gonzalez, Abriana Quintero; Music: Julia Arnett, Erika Money, Damien De La CruzMexican American Studies: Taylor A. Jung; Radio/TV: Derek Curtis; Speech: Nadya Garcia


Accounting: Gloria Morales, Ashley Villegas; Cosmetology: Khloee Burke, Ross DeAnna, Valeria Salazar; Hospitality Management: Bryan Kaminski, Amanda Barnes; Dental Assisting: Eryka Dews; Dental Hygiene: Mallery H. Avery, Amber G. Batcha, Violet Bates, Kayla A. Cuellar, Lorena E. Avina Elizarraras, Sarai M. Leiva, Jireh McCann, Cynderilla N. Mangeda Momha, Tu N. Ngo; Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Hannah Kile; Echocardiography: Erin Russell; Management Development: Seff Hernandez, Savannah Gwynn, Christina Mangus, Sara Underbrink; MEDICAL ASSISTING: Samantha Sanchez; Nursing: Jynn Enriquez; Occupational Therapy Assistant: Leticia Cervantes, Michelle Gutierrez, Chloe Ponce, Nora Vera; Physical Therapist Assistant: Haley Nelson; Radiologic Technology: Amanda I. Arzaga, Brittany N. Garza, Andrea C. Lindquist, Katherine A. Loftin, Augustine N. Martinez, Monica D. Revolorio, Dana M. Riojas; Respiratory Therapy: Dustin Mitchell, Meghaben Bhakta; Surgical Technology: Stephany Hernandez; Web Development: Ariel Garza


Architecture: Kevin R. Carreon; Diesel: Rodrigo A. Castillo Jr.; Air Conditioning: Atlee R. Dubose; Construction Management: Michael W. Freitag; Building Maintenance: Avelardo Martinez; Automotive: Francisco Moreno Jr.; Drafting: Ethan K. Nguyen; Airframe: Erika A. Rocha; Power Plant: Eric A. Webb


About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.