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Bekka Wiedenmeyer
News Editor

For a school nicknamed “Lost Potential,” Las Positas College does not fall short in turning out students made of scholarship material.

Outgoing Student Trustee of the Associated Students of Las Positas College (ASLPC) Kris Adhikari is the recipient of two scholarships this year, one of which has international recognition. When he transfers to UC Berkeley in the fall, he will have  $4,500 of the tuition covered by both scholarships.

“Kris’ award is a testament to his hard work and dedication,” LPC President Kevin Walthers said in a mass email to the school. “It is also a result of the investment our faculty and staff make in our students every day.”

The All-USA Community College Academic Team is the most prestigious academic consideration a community college student can receive. Sponsored by the Follett Higher Education Group and Coca-Cola, and presented by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges, it recognizes students that not only excel academically but also further their respective communities in beneficial ways. Only 20 students are chosen, one of whom was LPC’s own Student Trustee Adhikari.

“As college costs continue to climb, community college becomes a vital channel to access the baccalaureate degree,” Phi Theta Kappa’s Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley told Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Programs like these promote college completion by providing opportunities and raising awareness of the need.”

Along with receiving the Academic Team scholarship, Adhikari was also named one of 50 2013 New Century Scholars. The New Century Scholar program, funded and presented by the same businesses as previously mentioned, chooses 50 exceptional community college students among the pool of students from the U.S., Canada and the Federated States of Micronesia. Adhikari was one of the chosen.

From West High School in Tracy to Las Positas College in Livermore to UC Berkeley in the fall, Adhikari is an example that not everything that comes out of LPC is ‘lost potential.’

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