SSU senior receives state award for outstanding achievement
John Michael Vincent P. Coralde, a senior at Sonoma State University, is one of 23 students receiving the California State University Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement. They were honored for demonstrating superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service and financial need.
Coralde is a native of the Philippines, a graduate of Elsie Allen High School and is majoring in kinesiology, with a minor in biology. He is on the Dean’s list, is taking 19 units this semester and works three jobs, but also makes time to help the hungry and homeless.
As a child, Coralde sold flowers and candy on the streets of Manila to support his family, moving to the U.S. with his brother when he was 14. He then struggled to understand the American culture and learn English on his own.
Coralde’s early struggles fueled an intense drive to move out of poverty, he said. On campus he has chosen to become active in leadership roles, serving as a guide in programs ranging from Summer Orientation and Summer Bridge to peer advising and community service advisor.
In his nomination letter, SSU president Ruben Arminana said Coralde is already “a committed leader in education who understands the importance of giving back and inspiring others. He should someday have a great and positive impact on his country’s poor and their welfare.”
Coralde also has been named a Haworth Family Trust Scholar, for which he was awarded a $4,200 scholarship. He plans to earn a Masters Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology and would like to eventually return to the Philippines to help his people.