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Laurel Awards 2021

The Laurel Awards celebration is a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors

May 5, 2021

Laurel Awards is the end-of-the-year celebration for most Undergraduate Degree Programs of Mount Saint Mary's University, Doheny Campus. Modeled on the ancient Greek custom of bestowing laurel wreaths on the victors in the Olympics, we designate this celebration as a time to recognize our graduates and those receiving special honors. Originating in 1974, this award celebration has continually celebrated the success of students with faculty, staff, administration, and family. We thank you for all you have done to contribute to student life at the Mount in support of your peers and the entire community.

2021 Laurel Recipients
2021 Laurel Recipients

We honor the Sisters of Saint Joseph, founded to help women achieve all of which we are capable. We celebrate by bestowing Laurels:  the symbol of victory for the ancient Greeks, the symbol of academic achievement and service in our own day. We call to mind the motto of Mount Saint Mary’s University:  Deus illuminatio mea, or God is my light, so that we may remember that the gifts God has bestowed on us are meant to illumine and serve the world. 

Aaryona Adams
Aaryona Adams

With God’s light to guide us on our path, we can say with St. Paul: I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have kept the faith. St. Matthew tells us that Jesus said to us:  You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

This year we are happy to announce and celebrate the 2021 Estelle Doheny award recipient, Aaryona Adams! This prestigious Mount award is presented to second year students involved in the total college environment, who have significantly impacted the University. Additionally, the award recipient is recognized for personifying the characteristics of Christian service, graciousness, and concern for the community.

Aaryona has graciously served in many leadership roles at the Mount. In her freshman class year, she joined the Mount Leadership Scholar Program. In her Sophomore year, she is currently involved in ISAE, NSLS, Business Club, SGA, WISH, BSU.  She plans to work during the summer as an orientation leader and run for the general senator position with SGA.  Aaryona has worked as a servant leader during the time of great adversity.  She has led with compassion and has been a true example of being Unstoppable. 

We also are happy to celebrate all of the Laurel Wreath, Laurel Circle, Academic Dept. Awards, & the AA students graduating with honors.  We give special thanks for your perseverance and resilience.

Academic Department Awards

Faculty selected students for the following awards, based upon their academic achievement and future promise.

Department of Business Administration

Academic Excellence in Business Administration Award: Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Outstanding Student in Business Writing Award: Sofia Rodriguez

Department of Early Childhood Education and Child Development

Outstanding Academic Achievement in Child Development Award:

Julianna Alvarez
Yessica Zayas

Department of English

Outstanding Achievement in Appreciation of Literature:

Jennifer Carrillo
Shannel Lara
Cathrine Riddervold
Lisa Winkleman Gonzalez

Outstanding Achievement in Writing Award:

Sandra Aguilar
Darlene Arceo Montenegro
Estefanie Arista
Sienna Atendido
Gracie Carrera
Jacqueline Dominguez
Marianey Figueroa

Karen Garcia Diaz
Astrid Granados Garcia
Jennie Hernandez
Rachel Hosanna
Evelyn Jeronimo
Gabriela Jimenez
Tami Kashitami

Gabrielle Marquez
Annabelle Mendoza
Angie Ramirez
Denise Ramirez
Sofia Rodriguez
Samantha Sanchez
Jennifer Sandoval
Montserrat Torres

Department of History and Political Science

Outstanding Achievement of a Political Science Student Award: Melanie Siguenza

Pre-Health Nursing Program

Top AA Pre-Health Nursing Student Award: Jacqueline Salazar

Department of Psychology

Outstanding Achievement of a Liberal Arts/Psychology Student Awards:

Jennifer Aragon                     
Grecia Carrera
Jeri Garcia
Elennie Hernandez
Evelyn Jeronimo
Viviana Jimenez
Florily Parada

Students Graduating With Honors

Our following Doheny students are expected to graduate with honors. These students have established and maintained an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher through their final fall semester in their degree program. They will wear honor cords at the Traditional Undergraduate drive-in commencement ceremony May 11th, 2021 at Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

Vanessa Aguilar
Lauren Bable
Sariah Beeby
Rosy Espinoza
Elvia Figueroa
Brianna Flores
Maria Huezo
Arsine Isayan

Anica Jeong
Karen Macias
Julia Micsan
Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Sofia Rodriguez
Jennifer Sandoval
Jakrin Supakitjarak

Honor Society and Service Awards

We acknowledge the following students for their commitment to academic excellence and student involvement across the Doheny campuses.

Phi Theta Kappa

Aaryona Adams
Brianna Alvarado
Julianna Alvarez
Tiana Anderson
Melanie Andrade
Elizabeth Apolinar
Jennifer Aragon
Estefanie Arista
Sienna Atendido
Melanie Barajas
Nadya Beckett
Wendy Bernarte
Ashley Blancas
Lindsey Bonilla
Vania Bravo
Natalie Caballero
Karla Cardenas
Julissa Caro
Grecia Carrera
Jennifer Carrillo
Mariana Casas Contreras
Valerie Chavez

Veronica Chavez
Karina Cruz
Magdalena Cruz
Jasmine De Luis
Jacqueline Dominguez
December Dorton
Veronica Duarte
Jasmine Duong
Shelby Escun Chavez
Marianey Figueroa
Autumn Fisher
Ariana Flores
Lizette Flores
Rebecca Foldenauer
Guadalupe Fraire
Crystal Galvan
Daisy Garcia Hernandez
Andrea Garcia
Elennie Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez
Rachel Hosanna
Evelyn Jeronimo

Gabriela Jimenez
Sheyby Jimenez
Tami Kashitani
Celeste Kisselburg
Liana Limeta
Ciara Llave
Rosa Lopez
Ky'mari Love
Cristal Madrigal
Amanda Nicole Magno
Helen Grace Mantohac
Angelica Martinez
Cioni McFarlane
Brandy Mendoza
Eileen Michel
Yazmin Panduro Aquino
Cristal Pena
Katelyn Rodriguez
Sofia Rodriguez
Virginia Rodriguez
Chloe Ruiz-Martinez
Noemy Salas

Jacqueline Salazar
Jennifer Sandoval
Amber Santana
Emily Saucedo
Tierra Smith
Alondra Sosa
Deja Spears
Shereese Synstelien
Galilea Torres
Montserrat Torres
Isabel Valdez
Tia Valentino
Ahtziri Vallejo-Moreno
Joselyn Vazquez
Dayna Velasquez
Angelica Verduzco
Maria Viera
Marilia Villafuerte Hernandez
Raeleene Wilbur
Nia Zamora

The Following Awards Are For Students Who Especially Stood Out Among Their Peers:

Sr Angela Marie Mesa

Sr. Angela Marie Mesa, CSJ Award

Balancing the many aspects of life is a challenge for all students. Sometimes, the challenges are so significant that a student should be recognized for achievement in the face of adversity. The Sr. Maria Angela Mesa Award is given to students who withstood significant personal challenges during their years at the Mount, and responded with grace, perseverance, and exceptional courage.


Alyssa Ayame Lugo
Rosemary Estrada

Jan Xavienne Nunez
Florily Parada

Amanda R. Dantes
Andrew A. Hernandez


laurel wreath pin

Laurel Wreath

The presentation of laurels throughout history acknowledges achievement, and tonight we continue that tradition by inviting a hard-working group of students into the Laurel Wreath and the Laurel Circle. The Women’s Leadership staff has the privilege of working with students in various leadership roles at the Doheny campus. The Laurel Wreath is bestowed on students who demonstrate leadership in a variety of campus involvement opportunities such as the Business Club, Campus Ministry, Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, Residence Life, and a host of other organizations and programs on the Doheny campus all while maintaining a 2.5 GPA or above. Faculty and staff have nominated these student leaders based on their leadership and participation in the co-curricular life of the University. Into the Laurel Wreath we invite the following students:

Emily Elsava
Marianey Figueroa
Rachel Hosanna

Karen Macias
Graciela Orozco
Valerie Quintero

Deanna Solorzano
Deja Spears

We thank all of you leaders in the Laurel Wreath and celebrate the light and energy you have brought this community!

laurel circle pin

Laurel Circle

We have a tradition of honoring our second-year students who have shown exceptional leadership in different clubs and activities on campus. The Laurel Circle recognizes students who have taken an active leadership role in campus life on the Doheny Campus, all while maintaining a 2.75 GPA or above. Although there are many worthy students, the Mount community chose to honor these particularly outstanding leaders. Into the Laurel Circle we invite the following students:

Ashley Blancas

We thank the new Laurel Wreath and Laurel Circle leaders and celebrate the light and energy you have brought this community!


Congratulations to all those receiving awards, all those who have earned honors, all students recognized for their contributions, and all students graduating, moving into a new program, or moving into a new chapter in their lives!

May we learn
how to see God’s light all around us:
In the sick we care for,
in the homeless we help to shelter,
in the hungry we work to feed…
and in all those who walk with us along the way.

May we at the Mount
always shine God’s light upon one another.