2017 Outstanding Alum and Academic All Star
November 03, 2017
LITTLE ROCK – UA Cossatot honors Ernesto Echevarria as 2017 Outstanding Alum and Eduardo Medina is the 2017 Academic All-Star.
An award ceremony was held at the annual Arkansas Community Colleges conference at Little Rock Marriott. Each community college in Arkansas selects one alum and one current student to honor.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson opened the ceremony with a keynote address about the new higher education performance model.
Ernesto Echevarria, a California native, moved to De Queen, Arkansas in 1997. At the age of 20, he began his career in law enforcement as a correctional officer
with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.
Shortly after being hired, he decided to further his education by enrolling with UA Cossatot. He graduated with an Associates of Applied Science degree in 2009.
Echevarria is now a trooper with the Arkansas State Police. In addition to being in law enforcement, he is a volunteer firefighter for the Gillham Fire Department. He also assists with fundraisers and participates in community events.
Eduardo Medina, from Wickes, Arkansas, is a current UA Cossatot student attending on the De Queen Campus. While studying Agriculture Business, he also serves as a UA Cossatot Student Ambassador and as President of the Collegiate FFA UA Cossatot Chapter. He is also an active member of UA Cossatot’s Phi Theta Kappa and Student Diversity Association.
In the spring, Medina will transfer to Arkansas Tech University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business with an Animal Science Concentration. He dreams of improving agricultural practices across the state and around the country.
UA Cossatot Chancellor Steve Cole said, “Since the inception of the Arkansas Community Colleges organization, we have always wanted our focus to be on the two-year college student and how they are integral in developing our state economically.”
“Eduardo Medina is the future of Arkansas. His academic prowess will ensure that Arkansas agriculture will be better as that is where he will make his mark once he leaves UA Cossatot.”