GC student Chris Santistevan earns President’s Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Gillette College student Chris Santistevan earns President’s Award

Gillette College student Chris Santistevan has earned the 2013-14 President’s Award, the college announced at the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9, at the Cam-plex.

Santistevan is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and one of Gillette College’s two members selected for the All-Wyoming All-Academic Team.

In 2004, Santistevan lost both legs and part of his right arm following a car accident. He did not let the adversity prevent him from continuing his education, as he earned his associate degree in business on Friday. He began taking classes at Gillette College in 2010.

resizeSantistevan is an active member of the community, helping organize banquets to raise money for nonprofit organizations and facilitate hunts for people with disabilities. He also helps with, and competes in, the National Veterans Wheelchair Games each summer. Santistevan has taken part in soccer, bowling, air rifle and the slalom.

Prior to the accident, Santistevan guided antelope hunts near Gillette with the Physically Challenged Bowhunters of America for many years. Now he has seen the hunt from both sides, as an organizer and as a hunter. He is also involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“Chris is often seen on campus assisting with, and mentoring, his fellow classmates,” said Beth Walker, Director of Advising and Testing Services. “He is always approachable and is well liked by all. Each of his instructors enjoy him in class and appreciate his hard work and dedication.”

Santistevan plans to pursue a bachelor degree in accounting.

“After such a tragic accident, many people would be tempted to give up,” Walker said. “Chris is not like most people. He has continued to be a productive member of society by holding down a job, maintaining a very high cumulative GPA while attending Gillette College, and actively helping his college and community become a better place through his volunteerism.

“He is the epitome of a community college success story.”

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