El Monte Honors Andrew Aguilar for his Success at Stanford University

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by Valerie Martinez

El Monte

The El Monte City Council honored resident Andrew Aguilar at a recent Council meeting for his outstanding completion of two university degrees in four years – a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in history with a Middle East area focus (with honors) – from Stanford University. Aguilar recently was awarded the Robert M. Golden Medal for Excellence in the Humanities and Creative Arts –a prestigious award given to only 9 to10 standout Stanford students each year.
“Andrew is  a role model for our community and is a great example of what you can achieve if you are willing to work hard and stay focused,” said Councilwoman Norma Macias. “The whole City is so proud of his achievements and we can’t wait to see what he will accomplish next.”
Aguilar was also selected for Phi Beta Kappa, given to the top 10 percent of the Stanford graduating class.
As a student at Stanford, Andrew was a research assistant for the Center for International Security and Cooperation studying the evolution of nuclear weapon policy. He also completed two internships with Google Inc., working in the Compensation and Engineering University programs.
The South El Monte High School graduate was also active in community organizations while in Palo Alto, serving as the founding member and director of Internal Development for the Phoenix Scholars, an organization that oversees 135 mentors to provide low-income, minority students with free college counseling services. He was also executive director and founder of the Division of Internal Review, an organization that helped appropriate funds for the Associated Students of Stanford University, social chair of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and an editorial board member for the Herodotus Journal.
Andrew will be heading to Washington, D.C., in the fall to start a job with the Advisory Board Company to work in the health technology and finance industry.
“I want to thank my family for being so supportive of my academic pursuits,” Aguilar said. “I also couldn’t have done it without the amazing teachers I had throughout the years who encouraged me to stay curious and follow my dreams.”

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