Nevada Centennial Medallion Winners

 

History

The Las Vegas Rotary Club presented UNLV with 101 original medallions to recognize the state’s centennial celebration in 1964.The final medallion will be awarded in 2064 on Nevada’s two hundredth anniversary of statehood. Students are selected based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and other criteria including, but not limited to, community involvement.

Winners

 

Michelle Javier Quizon – 2018 Winner

Michelle Quizon graduates summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. Her accolades include concurrently taking pre-med and engineering coursework and four fully-funded research experiences, including an Amgen Scholar internship at Stanford, an NSF PIRE fellowship in South Korea, an Honors Thesis, and numerous presentations spanning the international, national, state, and university levels. UNLV Innovation magazine called Michelle a protégé.

Outside of class, Michelle has served as a nationally recognized social justice advocate, Resident Assistant, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation volunteer, Student Rec Building Manager, Honors College Mentor, Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni Relations, and Alpha Psi Rho Sweetheart. Off campus, she is an International Powerlifting Champion and Crossfitter.

On direct route to a Ph.D., Michelle has earned more than $825,000-worth of scholarships to top Bioengineering graduate programs. She has selected the Georgia Institute of Technology, nationally ranked #2. Michelle was named a President’s Fellow, an honor presented to only the top 10% of applicants, across all of Georgia Tech’s graduate programs.

Michelle intends to cure diseases with regenerative medicine, using biomaterials and drug therapeutics.

Misti K. Kooyan – 2004 Winner

Misti K. Kooyman, a recent graduate of UNLV’s Department of Political Science, will be awarded the 2003/2004 Nevada Centennial Medallion during a luncheon sponsored by the Rotary Club of Las Vegas. The event will be held at noon on Jan. 13 at Lawry’s Prime Rib, located at 4043 Howard Hughes Parkway in Las Vegas.

The Centennial Medallion is one of 101 original medallions presented to UNLV by the Rotary Club of Las Vegas in 1964 to recognize the state’s centennial celebration. The final medallion will be awarded in 2064 on Nevada’s two hundredth anniversary of statehood.

Kooyman, a 2001 Cimarron-Memorial graduate, earned a 4.0-grade point average during her academic career at UNLV. Raymond Alden, executive vice president and provost at UNLV, will present Kooyman with the medallion.

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Catalin Adrian Cacuci – 2001 Winner

Catalin Adrian Cacuci has been awarded the 2000-01 Nevada Centennial Medallion – a prestigious academic honor that is bestowed each year on the graduating UNLV senior with the highest grade point average.

The award is co-sponsored by the Las Vegas Rotary Club and UNLV.

Cacuci, who majored in international business, graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0-grade point average in August 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is now working on obtaining his masters of business administration degree from UNLV.

Cacuci is an international student and a native of Romania.

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Daniel M. Flores – 2000 Winner

Daniel M. Flores has been awarded the Nevada Centennial Medallion for the 1999-2000 academic year — a prestigious academic honor bestowed each year on the graduating UNLV senior with the highest grade point average.

The award is co-sponsored by the Las Vegas Rotary Club and UNLV.

Flores, who graduated in August 1999 from UNLV’s College of Fine Arts with a bachelor of arts degree in music, earned a 4.0-grade point average. A 4.0 is a perfect average.

Flores was presented with the medal earlier this month.

A 1991 graduate of Woods Cross High School, he is from Bountiful, Utah. He is the son of L.M. and Josephine Flores.

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James Min Kim – 1996 Winner

The 1995-96 recipient of the Nevada Centennial Medallion is UNLV graduate James Min Kim.

The Nevada Centennial Medallion is presented each year by the Las Vegas Rotary Club to the graduating senior from UNLV with the highest grade point average. Kim’s GPA was 4.0.

Kim graduated in May 1996 with a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences. His minor was chemistry.

He is now in his first year of medical school at the University of Southern California.

A graduate of Clark High School, he is the son of Myung Kim of Las Vegas.

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Roberta J. Barnes – 1994 Winner

Henderson resident Roberta J. Barnes is the 1993-94 recipient of the Nevada Centennial Medallion, an award given annually to the UNLV graduate with the highest grade point average.

She graduated in December 1993 with a GPA of 3.99.
Barnes, who earned a bachelor of science degree in hotel administration, is now employed at The Mirage as a management associate.

The daughter of Robert and Donna Barnes of Green Valley, she is a 1989 graduate of the Southern Nevada Vocational Technical Center.

The Nevada Centennial Medallion is presented each year by the Las Vegas Rotary Club.

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The Las Vegas Rotary Foundation, Inc. (“LVRF”) is registered with the Nevada Secretary of State and qualified by the Internal Revenue Services as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (EIN: 88-0403571). Established in 1998, LVRF supports the Las Vegas Rotary Club. Las Vegas Rotary’s mission is “teaching youth to succeed through literacy, education & life skills development.” Your charitable contribution to LVRF is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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