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Project Strive/TRiO announces April Student of the Month

May 1, 2014

James De La Cerna (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College) James De La Cerna (Photo by Daniel Binkard/Chadron State College)

James De La Cerna has been named the Chadron State College Project Strive/TRiO program April 2014 Strive Student of the Month.

De La Cerna of Chula Vista, California, is a senior majoring in Sports and Recreation Management with an option in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition and Wellness.

He joined the Project Strive family in 2009 and has been an active member since then.

“I have had the privilege of getting to know James and watching him evolve into an exceptional student, role model for other Strivers, and overall great addition to the Chadron State College community ,” said Lisa Curtis, Project Strive/TRiO retention specialist.

“James is deeply rooted in family and is definitely a fun person to be around, but also takes his studies very seriously,” said Curtis.

He is involved in Chi Alpha, Blue Key, and frequently on the dean’s list. When he is not studying, De La Cerna enjoys countless hours in the gym.

“Don’t be afraid to approach this guy, he would definitely give you amazing pointers on anything from fitness to nutrition,” said Jennifer Schaer, TRiO director.

The Project Strive/TRiO Student of the Month award recognizes outstanding students who are members of the organization.

Each month, a participating student is selected for the award based upon her or his work in Project Strive/TRiO and other activities on campus or in the community.

Award winners will receive a plaque from Project Strive and have their photo placed in the “Project Strive/TRiO 2013-14 Student of the Month” Achievement Recognition board.

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