Audia Dixon, 2022 Graduate Dean’s Medalist

Student of distinction: Audia Dixon

“Without Art, I don’t know how my life would turn out. For it gives me purpose, discipline and constant self-discovery. Your words of encouragement, advice and critique have shaped me to become what I am today, and I am very grateful.”

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Steven Hensley, 2022 Undergraduate Dean’s Medalist 

Student of Distinction: Steven Hensley

“Studying philosophy at Fresno State has altered my perception of the world and called me to action. I am no longer freezing or starving on a park bench, but some people are freezing and starving on a park bench, and it is for them that I take this next step forward.”

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Student of Distinction: Lauren Heard

Student of Distinction: Lauren Heard

“This is what I pursue: storytelling through design. Currently, I am applying to production design internships, intending to later pursue a master’s degree with the goal of becoming a production designer and arts educator.”  

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Student of Distinction: Peyton Esraelian

Student of Distinction: Peyton Esraelian

“After graduating from Fresno State, my next course of action is to continue teaching and performing in the Fresno area while I work towards auditioning for a master’s program in percussion performance. The ultimate goal for my career is to earn a position with a full-time professional symphony orchestra while working with a wide variety of students.”

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Student of Distinction: Amanda Steinhauer

Student of Distinction: Amanda Steinhauer

“After graduating, I will be pursuing a career in private music teaching and am currently planning to live and teach abroad in Luxembourg, Europe, while teaching lessons virtually to students in Selma and around the Valley. Down the road, I will continue furthering my academic career.”

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Student of Distinction: Andrea Ramirez Arana

Student of Distinction: Andrea Ramirez Arana

“My future plans include obtaining my teaching credentials and a Master’s degree of Arts in Spanish. I also see myself teaching in a dual-immersion classroom, helping kids and parents who don’t know English. That would be one of the ways in which I would love to give back to the community.”

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Student of Distinction: German Cervantes Ledesma

Student of Distinction: German Cervantes Ledesma

“My plan for the future is to keep teaching Spanish in Higher Education. As a long-term goal, later in the future, I will pursue a Ph.D. in Mexican and Latin American literature and teach in a four-year university, hopefully, Fresno State.”

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Student of Distinction: Tony Salazar

Student of Distinction: Tony Salazar

“Nonetheless, what’s essential for me is that I want to give a voice to the voiceless and give back to my community—as I have lived here throughout my entire life. By becoming involved in school and maintaining my good grades, I am confident that I will call this dream a reality.”

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Student of Distinction: Kiana Reyes

Student of Distinction: Kiana Reyes

“As for my goals and plans after graduation, I hope to work for an institution where I can assist those struggling in communication due to language barriers. I hope to be a bridge for those who need a multilingual channel of communication as an interpreter, translator, or teacher for students learning English.”

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