The Honors Journal

Spring 2021 Edition

The Honors Program at LaGuardia Community College participates in many activities beyond facilitating the Honors courses, from hosting weekly events to coordinating the annual Honors Conference to designing publications that showcase exemplary student writing and research. The result of hard work and dedication, the Honors Journal publishes select research papers written by our Honors students each year, presenting their ideas to the larger college community.


The Spring 2021 Edition is particularly special: it was created during a year of distance learning, despite the challenges that began in 2020 and continued into 2021. The faculty Editorial Committee met remotely to review submissions, and Honors students and their faculty mentors worked to revise accepted essays for publication. Everyone involved showed remarkable commitment to this process during a difficult and uncertain time.


The Spring 2021 edition is an archive of the work produced by Honors students during the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters, compiled for your viewing pleasure. 

To see past editions of the Honors Journal, click here.



Akrm Ahmed

I was born and raised in New York City, and am currently majoring in Civil Engineering at LaGuardia Community College with hopes of continuing my academic career path in either the same field or one similar to it. I will be graduating from LaGuardia at the end of the Fall 2021 semester, and while I'm still undecided about a four-year university, I'm following up to earn a Bachelor's degree. I've been considering applying my skills and efforts to civil engineering to help build and design more environmentally and socially responsible cities and structures. I also want to use what I learn to aid countries around the world by assisting in the development of much needed infrastructure. My most relevant accomplishment was the vision plan for the LaGuardia Greenway Proposal to advocate for more open space around the campus. Students, faculty, staff and nearby community members alike all deserve safer streets and a calm outdoor environment to relax, study, and take a short break from all the hustle and bustle.

Ava Dennis

Ava Dennis was born in Manhattan, New York, where she has lived her whole life. She graduated from LaGuardia Community College in December 2020 with a degree in Liberal Arts Social Sciences and Humanities with honors. She is currently at CUNY Hunter College pursuing her Bachelor's in Studio Art which she hopes to attain in the spring of 2022. She then plans to attend a graduate program to pursue a Master's in Art Education with the goal of becoming a high school art teacher.

Felipe Perez

Ruben Felipe Perez Jaramillo was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He moved to Middle Village, New York, and is currently studying to obtain an Associate's in Biology at LaGuardia Community College. He will graduate on Summer 2021, and hopes to pursue a degree in medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. His goal is to become a Medical Doctor specialized in oncology.


Valerie Pires

Valerie Pires is a sophomore at LaGCC, currently pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts, Journalism, who will graduate at the end of the spring 2021 semester. In September, she will pursue her BA in Film & Media Studies at Columbia University. She is Co-editor of the HSAC newsletter, e-Fiorello, and photography blog, In Focus; a 2021 Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow, Women's Forum Education Scholar, Jeanette Rankin Scholar, and Cooke Transfer Scholarship Semifinalist; a member of the Honors Students Advisory Committee (HSAC), Honors Program, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). 

Mikael Shameti

Mikael is a Liberal Arts, Math and Science major at LaGuardia Community College.

Claire Sansaricq

I am currently enrolled at LaGuardia Community College as a Math and Science Major, completing prerequisite courses for qualification into Graduate School. My goal is to be accepted into the Physician Assistant Program at City College of New York. I would like to dedicate myself to providing exceptional quality healthcare to underprivileged communities within New York City, especially communities with severe financial limitations. My dream is to become an integral part of the scientific community in the fields of Molecular Biology and Cancer treatment research. My greatest personal accomplishment thus far has been my experience working as an NYC Emergency Medical Technician, and from that experience, deciding to focus my passion and effort towards further developing my career into definitive medicine.

Hayate Hosenji

An international student from Japan, I have lived in NYC since 2018. I am a member of President's Society, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Dean's List Scholar and have served as a graphic designer for Honors Newsletter "The Fiorello" at HSAC. I am currently majoring in Liberal Arts Math and Science. As I have been performing artist activity since my childhood, I aim to create my own business, performing art services and inspire people around the world with my artwork.

Caiwu Chen

I was born in Fuzhou city, in southern China. I moved to New York City in 2017. I enrolled at LaGuardia Community College in Spring 2019, and declared my major as computer science. I will graduate from LaGuardia in Spring 2021 and continue pursuing a bachelor’s degree. I long to make use of my knowledge to contribute to society. To achieve this goal, I am applying my computational language skills for academic research with my professors.

Tiffany Giron

I was born and raised in Queens, New York. My current major is Psychology, and I am graduating this semester from LaGuardia. I anticipate pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am transferring to Queens College after I graduate from LaGuardia. After obtaining my Master's degree, I would like to become a clinical psychologist. A personal accomplishment I would like to highlight is completing my Associate's degree in two years and maintaining my GPA, despite remote learning due to the pandemic.

Qing Zhang

I was born and raised in New York. I am currently enrolled in the Biology program at LaGuardia Community College. After graduating on Spring 2021 and obtaining my Associate's, I would like to obtain a Doctorate's degree. My goal is to work as a Humanitarian Doctor.

Editorial Team

Aleksandr Davydov

Aleksandr is a political science student at LaGuardia Community College with a 3.98 GPA. In addition to being a major contributor to the HSAC's honors journal, he is also an active President’s Society Ambassador, a CUNY Research Foundation Student Ambassador, and the Parliamentarian of LaGuardia’s student governing body in which he leads the efforts in amending the SGA constitution as well as drafting the CR/NC policy that helped thousands of students during the pandemic. He is a Phi Theta Kappa scholar and one of two recipients to receive the 2021 Outstanding Student Leadership Award. Aleksandr has humanitarian ambitions and hopes he can one day use his education in written policy to bring stability to war-torn nations.

Veronica Martinez

Veronica Martinez Castro is an Environmental Science student at LaGuardia Community College. Born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she moved to New York City in 2018 to continue her college education. During her time at LaGuardia, she participated in research programs like the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) and the NIH Bridges Program. She is also a student leader for the Honors Program and an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Honors Student Advisory Committee. Veronica was recently selected as a 2021 Goldwater Scholar. After graduating, she would like to transfer to Columbia University to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology, and eventually get a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology. Her goal is to be a conservation biologist and environmental activist.

Faculty Editorial Committe

Noam Scheindlin



Dominique Zino



Amit Aggarwal

Natural Sciences

Lee Boyar

Business and Technology

Lucia Fuentes

Natural Sciences

M. Anne O'Reilly


Filip Stabrowski

Social Sciences

Frank Wang

Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science

Special thanks to

M. Anne O'Reilly, Assistant Professor and Electronic Resources Librarian

The CUNY Research Foundation 

Paul Arcario, Provost at LaGuardia Community College