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Outstanding Grads: Samantha Rushing, BCC President’s Medallion Award Winner

16 May 2016

Samanta Rushing EditSamantha Rushing is this year’s President’s Medallion Award winner from Berkeley City College.

Rushing knew early that she wanted to be an English teacher. Growing up just outside Stockton, she wished her teachers were more inspiring. At age 16, she decided that teaching would be her professional goal and, although there were a few bumps along the road, that goal has never waivered.

At Berkeley City College, Rushing maintained a 3.92 GPA. She credits the EOPS and CalWORKs programs for helping her realize her goal. And it helped that BCC teachers, staff and administrators genuinely care about students and do everything in their power to help them stay on the right path, Rushing says.

The future teacher was hired as an English tutor her first semester at BCC and has helped dozens of students since. She has also served as the Secretary of the Associated Students at Berkeley City College. A single parent of a four-year-old girl, Rushing was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, Sacramento State University and California State University, East Bay, and she is waiting to hear from UC Davis and UC Berkeley.

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