Lorain County Community College
students Victoria Soewarna, of Elyria, and Julie
O’Brien, of Columbia Station, earned All-Ohio Academic Team
honors will be honored at an awards ceremony on April 25, 2013
at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.
Soewarna was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team First Team. She
was also named to the All-USA Academic Team – one of only 20
students in the country to receive the honor. Soewarna was
recognized at a ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., on April 22.
O’Brien was named to the All-Ohio Academic Team Third Team.
O’Brien and Soewarna will each receive a scholarship and a medal
for their placement at the state level.
“Victoria and Julie are wonderful representatives of the
students at Lorain County Community College,” said LCCC
President Dr. Roy A. Church. “They are motivated
individuals who are driven to better themselves and their
Soewarna is researching a cure for HIV/AIDS and was a presenter
at a national science conference. She is 17 and a student at
Lorain County Early College High School, located on the campus
of Lorain County Community College. The program allows students
to simulatneously earn a high school diploma and associate’s
Soewarna is the Principal Investigator for the LCCC HIV/AIDS
research group that meets several times a week to research a
cure for HIV/AIDS using gene mutation therapy. In addition to
the research group, Soewarna stays active in LCCC organizations.
She is a member of the Early College High School Leadership
Club, a member of the LCCC PRIDE Club a teaching assistant for
Chemistry and is a math and science tutor. Off campus, she
volunteers for the Salvation Army and completed an internship at