APRIL 2015

Compiled and Edited By Grace Garcia


Fil-Am selected for All-Midwest Conference

Michelle Ricolcol, 20, a member of the Lake Forest College Women's basketball team, earned a 2014-15 All-Midwest Conference Second Team selection in early March.
Ricolcol, a junior guard, finished second on the team of 9.3 points per game overall and 10.6 points per contest during conference play from October 2014-January 2015, according to Lake Forest's sports website.
She was also third on the team in assists and blocked shots, fourth in steals, and sixth in rebounds. Her scoring average ranked 24th in the league and she was 10th with a .451 field goal percentage.
Ricolcol, a Communications major, is the only Filipino -American to make the conference for this year. For the past 20 years, Lake Forest has had at least one all-conference player.


PMA 2015 batch graduates

Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Cadet First Class Arwi Martinez graduated as valedictorian of his class of 2015. He graduated along with 171 of his classmates.
He received from President Aquino the Presidential Saber, the symbol of academic excellence in the Academy. He will be commissioned to the Philippine Army upon graduation.
A native of Baguio City, he lives a few yards away from the academy but never dreamed of attending the academy, according to a Philippine Daily Inquirer News report.
He is one of only five PMA graduates in its history who are natives of Baguiao City. His proud father, a fish vendor, described his son as God-fearing and diligent, the report added.•


SC upholds dismissal of PMA Cadet Aldrin Cudia

The Philippine Supreme Court upheld the Philippine Military Academy's (PMA) decision of the discharge of Aldrin Jeff Cudia for violating the PMA Honor Code.
Cudia was supposed to graduate last year but was discharged for lying about why he was late for class, thereby violating the Honor Code.
Cudia claimed that the instructor asked him and three other students to stay behind. The instructor retorted that there was no directive for them to stay. His family sought the help of the Supreme Court as a last resort. The high court said that they respected the PMA's decision, according to an Inquirer News report.
Justice Diosdado Peralta said the PMA did not violate Cudia's right to due process rights when it enforced its rules on discipline, consisting of its Honor Code, the report said. •

California teen beaten, in drug-induced coma

A teenager from San Francisco is in a drug-induced coma after he was punched in the face by two suspects at a local mall on March 18. He fell back and hit his head on the pavement, according to an Inquirer News report..
Doctors found the bottom part at the back of his skull near the neck partly broken and that his brain was bleeding, the report said.
Christian Rasner, 17, was born in Cebu City as the eldest of three children and came to the U.S at the age of six.
His mother Maria obtained a fiance visa to join her husband Greg Rasner in the US, who adopted Christian when he was six years old. Maria's first husband died at the age of 24 after being shot.
Donations for Christian's hospital bills are most accepted at the link: www.Gofundme.com.





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