Chamber names student achievement award winner

Accepting the West Shore Chamber's 2015 Student Achievement Award for Aswin Bikkani are his mother, Vijaya Bikkani, and his grandfather, Krishna-Rao Attaluri, from Andrew Mangels of the Chamber’s Education Committee.

At the May 12 West Shore Chamber of Commerce meeting Aswin Bikkani was named the 2015 Student Achievement Award winner for his volunteer work at Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus.

The Student Achievement Award recognizes business members and the student employees or volunteers that show an exemplary work ethic. The award is presented by the Chamber’s Education Committee and sponsored by First Federal Lakewood which provided a $50 gift card to Aswin in recognition of the award.

Aswin was nominated by Westshore Campus President Terri Pope for his work with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Community College Students. He collaborated with a team to develop and implement a “Health for the Holiday” health and wellness fair for the campus and community.

He worked on many other projects including Honors Case Study Challenge, Cohort Leadership Program and the Competitive Edge Program. During his tenure, the Phi Theta Kappa chapter received certification of Five-Star status, the Catch a Shining Star Award for Outstanding Scholarship Participation, and finished second place in the College Project competition.

Aswin, a member of the Westlake High School class of 2015, was not available to attend the lunch as he was in Washington, D.C., participating in a White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. On hand to accept the award was Aswin’s mother, Vijaya Bikkani, and his grandfather, Krishna-Rao Attaluri, who is visiting from India.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.02.2015