Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Female Finalists

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Female Finalists

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Track and soccer star Simone Charley is a senior, majoring in medicine, health and society, at Vanderbilt University. She has been named to countless teams in both track and soccer throughout her collegiate career, including 2017 NCAA First Team All-American (indoor track) and 2017 Second Team All-SEC (soccer). She also holds two university records in track: 45'2.75" in outdoor triple jump and 44'5.25" in indoor triple jump. During her time at Vanderbilt, she has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and with Waverly Belmont Elementary as a 1:1 reading tutor with kindergarteners and first-graders.

Samantha Kokoska, a bioengineering major at University of Washington, is a soccer sensation. During the 2017 season, she made 15 appearances off the bench, played 30 plus minutes five times and played a season-high 52 minutes when the team faced Arizona State. She has earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in 5 quarters at UW and was recognized on the dean's list seven times and twice on the annual dean's list in her collegiate career thus far. She volunteers in the Seattle area, working at medical centers and hospitals, churches, as a peer mentor, and during other service events such as the Martin Luther King Day of Service.


Paula Abellan-Garcia is a water polo athlete at California State University, Northridge, where she majors in political science. In the 2017 season, she appeared in 23 matches, 16 earned ejections, seven steals, three goals and three assists. She was a part of the Club Natacio Sabadell swim team and was a member of the Catalan selection squad, and she helped the team win matches against Great Britain and Holland. She has an overall GPA of 3.44.

Danielle Bordes, who is swimming and diving team captain at University of Connecticut, is a senior majoring in human development and family studies. She won the 100 yard butterfly vs. the Army and was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that won first place against Villanova. Bordes has contributed to numerous community service projects for the homeless, such as maintaining the cleanliness of the Indian Valley Family YMCA property and working with the Manchester Area Conference of Churches to ensure that the homeless people there received enough food. She also coordinated a breast cancer fundraiser for breast cancer research in 2015, where 200 swimmers were recognized.

Marist College political science major and water polo athlete Diana Carballo has been selected for the 2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Outstanding Team. She co-founded First High School Amnesty International Club in Mexico, where she worked on social justice campaigns and petitioned the government for the rights of migrants and indigenous groups. She has volunteered with the Rural and Migrant Ministry and worked with Adelante Student Voices, which is a safe space for undocumented students who want to pursue a collegiate education. Her overall career stats include 53 goals, 66 assists and 115 steals. She has been on the dean's list for all the semesters of her undergraduate career thus far, from fall 2014 to fall 2017.

Marina Doi, a wrestler, is majoring in cell and molecular biology at King University. She was named to the Women's Collegiate Wrestling Association (WCWA) in 2016 and 2017, and she went 5-0 at the WCWA National Championships. She was named 2015-16 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at her university and has been on the president's list for the past five semesters. Her volunteer work focuses on helping elementary and middle school students with homework after school, assisting the Coats for Kids program and job shadowing at the Valley Children's Hospital in Madera, California.

Regina Doi, like her sister, is majoring in cell and molecular biology at King University and is a member of the women's wrestling team. For the past six semesters, she has been on the president's list and was on the dean's list for one semester, with an overall GPA of 3. …

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