MiraCosta College announces Medal of Honor recipients

L-R: Tara Ponsot, Jason Blevins, Natalie Acosta, Elizabeth Egel. Not pictured: Sam Mariscal.

MiraCosta College and the MiraCosta College Foundation are proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the MiraCosta Medal of Honor. The five students selected were honored May 8 at the college’s Scholarship Celebration event.

The Medal of Honor is considered the college’s highest academic award and is bestowed annually to students nominated by the teaching faculty and who earned a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 in degree-applicable courses. Each recipient receives a scholarship of at least $500 provided by community members, businesses and service organizations.

This year’s honorees are:

Natalie Acosta: A mathematics major, Acosta plans to pursue a degree in mathematics and statistics at UCSD, which she hopes will lead to career as an actuary.

Jason Blevins: As a computer science major, Blevins plans to transfer to a UC in fall 2015. A Marine Corps veteran, his long-term goal is to become an independent software developer and business owner.

Elizabeth Egel: A Cathedral Catholic High School alumna, Egel plans to transfer to UCSD or UCLA this fall and major in applied mathematics with a future career in software engineering.

Sam Mariscal: While enrolled at Canyon Crest Academy, Mariscal began his education at MiraCosta College in summer 2010. He plans to attend a UC school in fall 2015, where he will pursue a degree in chemistry.

Tara Ponsot: Ponsot is enrolled in MiraCosta’s LVN to RN Career Ladder Nursing program. After graduation, she plans to work as a nurse, specializing in mental health while she pursues a bachelor’s degree.