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Serbnoor Singh Brar majored in biochemistry at Paradise Valley Community College and plans to continue his education at Arizona State University in both the pre-medicine and pre-law programs. Although he had long envisioned a career in medicine, his interest in politics and international relations flourished at PVCC, so he also is considering a career as a lawyer. Brar was a member of the All-Arizona Academic First Team and the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Community College Academic Team, which earned him a four-semester tuition waiver to attend ASU, along with a $1,000 award, for his outstanding academic achievements, community service and leadership. He was the president of Phi Theta Kappa, the student honor society, and was a Change Agent for Diversity, Inc., a PVCC program that promotes the ideas of justice, inclusivity, diversity appreciation and service to the community.

Miguelina Meireles is a working mother of two graduating from Paradise Valley Community College with an Associate of Arts degree. Her passion for education and personal development was rekindled two years ago when she enrolled at PVCC. Meireles emigrated from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Glendale, Calif., in 1991 in search of new opportunities. After graduation, Meireles hopes to continue her education and one day obtain her Ph.D. Her educational interests include Strategic Communications and Organizational Leadership and Development. Her passions include motivating people, personal development and a dream to become a presenter for TED, a nonprofit that brings together people in Technology, Entertainment and Design and is devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. In her life pursuits, Meireles strives to create options for herself and empower women to reach their full potential.

Luke A. Wargo, 18, is graduating from Paradise Valley Community College with two associate degrees in addition to receiving his high school diploma from the Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center. As one of the top students in his class at AAEC, Luke completed an Associate in Business degree, with an emphasis on information systems, and an Associate in Arts degree, through concurrent enrollment at PVCC. He was president of the AAEC National Honor Society, and served as vice president of the PVCC Computer Club. He also plays alto saxophone with PVCC’s Union Jazz Institute and the Phoenix Youth Symphony, achieved Eagle Scout at age 14, and founded and operates several cottage-based technology businesses. Luke’s goal is to achieve a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Arizona State University Polytechnic.