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Arsenio Lopez III recently accepted the Outstanding Two-Year Student Award at the 2012 National Association of Campus Activities West Regional Conference.
The award is given annually to a student in the Western states who shows excellence and organizational skills, exceptional dedication to campus activities and leadership at a two-year institution.
Lopez is the diversity coordinator for the Office of Student Life.
“Winning this award was an absolute surprise and honor,” Lopez said. “I try my best in whatever I do, but I never expected to be honored like this.”
Lopez was honored because of his leadership and accomplishments. He started the First Nations Club on campus, represented the college as a delegate to the 2012 Washington State Students of Color Conference, and led a delegation in the Race and Pedagogy Criminal Justice Conference.
Lopez helped the college’s English as a Second Language students and instructors host the Multicultural Fair and Fashion Show where people from a variety of international backgrounds celebrated their traditions.
Lopez also created a Veterans Wall of Honor in November that was donated to the Washington Soldiers Home and featured on KING 5 news.
“Arsenio Soblechero Lopez III is an exemplary student leader who should be recognized for his hard work to bring critical issues to campus programming as well as his ongoing efforts to connect with students face to face,” Student Programs coordinator Sonja Morgan said in her nomination letter.
Lopez supports the notion that everyone has something to offer, despite a background that may say otherwise. He believes applying himself will bring success, no matter what others say.
Lopez plans to continue leading how he does it best.
“My leadership plans are to continue to be humble yet inspiring. It’s important to lead by example. I always like to remind myself I’m a human being just like everyone else. We can all go through hard times like everyone else… or we can try to find something positive and run with it.”
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