Former Catalina Foothills High School swimmer Hannah Orbach-Mandel is one of nine finalists chosen from a field of 585 nominees for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Woman of the Year Award, which will be announced Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis. The finalists demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. Orbach-Mandel, who won three individual NCAA national championships, was named captain of the swimming and diving program her senior year at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. She served for four years as a member of the school’s student-athlete advisory committee and volunteered for three years at an elementary school, working with third-graders struggling with math, English, and reading. She graduated summa cum laude with high honors in economics and was inducted into the Kenyon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national honors society.
State Rep. Alma Hernandez, MPH, was selected by The Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority for a 2019 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards. Hernandez is one of the Tech Ten Legislators chosen for the honor. The awards will be presented Oct. 24 at the Phoenix Convention Center.