Samantha Nicole Luna, daughter of Connie and George Luna and member of Monache High School's Class of 2011, completed a major educational milestone last month when she graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine with a degree in medicine.
Around 70 friends and family members were on hand to celebrate the achievement with her during the 2019 Loma Linda School of Medicine's commencement ceremony on May 26 in southern California.
It is the latest in a sequence of top academic honors for Luna. She was named Top Senior in her 2011 graduating class from Monache, and in 2013 was named Top Scholar in Porterville College's Biological Sciences department.
After graduating from PC in 2013, Luna moved on to the University of California Davis, where she studied Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavioral sciences. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in 2015.
From there, it was off to Loma Linda University for four more years, where in addition to her medical training, Luna also volunteered in street medicine, providing medical evaluation and pharmacological treatment to the homeless population of San Bernardino by hosting clinics at various shelters throughout the area.
Her other volunteer activities include mentoring fellow medical students, offering social support and guidance to teeange parents through Project Hope, and providing medical evaluation and pharmacologic treatment to inhabitants of underserved communities in the Dominican Republic during a medical mission trip.
While at PC, Luna was involved with Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, which connected students interested in pursuing careers in medicine.
The Recorder joins Luna's friends and family in congratulating her on this significant accomplishment.