Winning Sailor of the Year has become routine for Columbia College students.
Current Columbia College - Ft. Worth students Culinary Specialist 2 Idahoise Oniha has been named Naval Air Station Fort Worth Junior Sailor of the Year and Culinary Specialist 3 Lorenzo Wright '08 the station's Sailor of the Year.
Wright earned an associate degree last year and is working on a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, while Onhia has been a student since 2007.
This was Wright's fourth award; on three previous occasions, he had been named Sailor of the Quarter. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he says he plans to apply to Officer Candidate School. Ultimately, he says he would like to become a Judge Advocate General, serving as legal advisor to the command for which JAG is assigned.
The sailors were given an on-base luncheon earlier in the year, with Columbia College representatives helping to present the awards.
Winning Sailor of the Year is a signal honor and one that has become routine for Columbia College students. Earlier this year, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Stacey A. Stallings, a native of Jamaica and a student at the college's Lake County campus, was named the 2008 Navy Medicine Support Command Region Sailor of the Year. Last year, Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Murcin '08 won Sailor of the Year from Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, Cuba, and Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Aaron Moore '08 won GTMO Junior Sailor of the Year.
Murcin is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration. With postings thus far in Chicago, Iceland, Tennessee and Florida, it's a good thing Columbia College has about 600 online course offerings.