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Quest for the Best 2020

Welcome to the 34th Annual Awards Celebration

The Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Awards honor outstanding student leaders who have excelled in academics, student service and activities, community service, and leadership. The award also recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed their time and expertise to the success of each student. We extend a warm welcome to the families and special guests that students have selected to share in their accomplishments. We know your support has inspired these students to achieve, and we look forward to meeting you.

Please enjoy the program and the ceremony by viewing the links below.

2020 Quest for the Best Winners

photo of all 10 quest for the best winners and the quest for the best logo 

The Quest for the Best award recognizes 10 high-achieving SDSU students for outstanding performance in academics and community service.

For more than three decades, San Diego State University’s Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Award has recognized outstanding student leaders.

The annual Quest for the Best Award celebrates student achievement in four key areas: academic excellence, student service and activities, community service and leadership development.

The student winners are asked to nominate a faculty or staff member who had a significant and positive impact on their personal growth and development during their time at SDSU.

The 2020 honorees:

photo: quest for the best winner Tia Kieu

Tia Abusham

(pronouns she, her, hers)

Senior, Double majoring in biology and philosophy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Omar Baza, Student Life & Leadership



 
photo of quest winner Dustin Adkins

Dustin Adkins

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Senior, Sociology and Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Andrea Dooley, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs



 
photo: quest for the best winner Christian Holt

Christian Holt

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Senior, Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Anwar Cruter, Residential Education Office



 
photo:quest for the best winner Talia Kieu

Talia Kieu

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Public Health, minors in Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Jerel Calzo, School of Public Health



 
Photo: quest winner Brandon Lim

Brandon Lim

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Senior, Psychology & Journalism with an emphasis in Media Studies, minor in Sociology

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Kimberly Nishi, Counseling & Psychological Services



 
photo: quest winner Julia Moluf

Julia Moluf

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, minor in Psychology of Personality

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Sonja Pruitt-Lord, College of Health and Human Services



 
photo: quest winner Gabriella Medina

Gabriella Medina

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Junior, Sustainability, minor in Political Science

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Lori Stewart, Religious Studies



 
photo: quest winner naomi Moore

Naomi Moore

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, International Security and Conflict Resolution

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Cheryl O’Brien, Political Science



 
photo: quest winner Citlayi Villasenor

Citlayi Villaseñor

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Senior, Chemistry with an emphasis in Biochemistry, minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Cellular & Molecular Biology

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Thelma Chavez, College of Sciences



 
photo: quest winner Maria Voss

Maria Voss

(pronouns: she. her, hers)

Junior, International Security and Conflict Resolution with an Emphasis in Environment and Security, minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies

Faculty/Staff Honoree – Dr. Cheryl O’Brien, Political Science


photo: christy samarkos vp student affairs

Welcome to the 34th annual Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Award ceremony celebrating the accomplishments of our top students.

This year we honor 10 outstanding individuals who exemplify the values and mission of San Diego State University. These students are being recognized for their academic excellence, community service, and campus leadership and involvement.

Each student winner has nominated a faculty or staff member who has made the most significant contribution to their personal growth. We honor these faculty and staff winners for their positive influence and mentorship in the lives of these students.

We are happy to celebrate your accomplishments together. We know that your support has inspired these students to discover and develop their own personal quests while at San Diego State University.

We express sincere appreciation to Pepsi, whose sponsorship makes tonight’s event possible.

Sincerely,

Christy Samarkos
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

2020 Selection Committee

 

Rondre Ashford, Residential Education Office

Stephanie Dathe, Associated Students

Dr. Martha Enciso,  Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Lanie Lockwood,  College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts

Dr. Reynaldo Monzon, Research and Assessment

Lakeisha Nacoste, Former Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Award Winner

pepsi beverages company logo 

The Pepsi Bottling Group of San Diego is a proud sponsor of the 2020 Quest for the Best Vice Presidential Student Service Award