AlanThree Allan Hancock College students, who are members of the Aquarius Chapter of the Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Honor Society, took home prestigious awards during the 2017 AGS State Convention. The college sent 29 high-achieving representatives to the convention last weekend in San Jose. AGS is the academic honor society and service organization of California community colleges.

From a pool of 5,000 honor students from across the state, three Hancock students received notable scholarships. Karina Cervantes won the Kathleen Loly Award for excellence in academics. Catherine Johnson won the Montavani Award for her leadership, community service and scholarship. Eddie Perez received the top service scholarship award, the Randy Taylor Scholarship, for outstanding community service.

“Being honored for my service was not only a recognition of my involvement, but also a recognition of the work my parents have done to help me become the person I am today,” said Perez. “My father is a strong man, who I rarely see emotional, but giving him the news really moved him and brought him tears of joy. I told him my accomplishments are all for them because their sacrifice to move to a different country to give their kids a better future, would not be in vain.”

As for Johnson, the award was a testament to her perseverance. She was once dismissed academically from college.

“To win a scholarship for academics, leadership and community service is the ultimate affirmation that I have the ability to succeed and overcome the odds,” said Johnson. “It gives me great pride to be a role model to everyone I encounter at the college as I encourage them to achieve greatness. Allan Hancock College and the AGS Honor Society have shaped me into being the best student and leader that I can be, not only for myself, but for all students.”

The Aquarius Chapter’s co-advisor, Kathy Headtke, an assistant professor and librarian at Hancock, received an Outstanding Advisor Award. Hancock students nominated Headtke for the award and described how she impacted all of their lives in the application.

The chapter’s fall newsletter was also recognized as the “Most Informational Newsletter.” Students, led by editor Sirinad Buddi, produced the entire newsletter.

The convention, attended by nearly 600 students from 42 community colleges, featured workshops with topics that included: diversity, social justice, scholarship 101, ethics in leadership, managing conflict with difficult people and stress management.

For more information of Hancock’s Aquarius Chapter of the AGS Honor Society, email the club at or visit the club’s Facebook page .