Two Bioscience Students Nominated for Outstanding Young Man and Woman of the Year

Posted by Community Relations Department on 4/19/2013

Bioscience has two nominees for the City of Phoenix’ Outstanding Young Man and Woman of the Year Awards--Samantha Su Taylor and Gerardo Calderon.


Taylor is the City Council District 2 nominee.   Born in China, Taylor was adopted by an American family.  Because of the opportunity she was given for a better life, she is passionate about volunteering to help others. She is a member of student government and the president of the National Honor Society. Taylor also volunteered more than 500 hours with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, including organizing and promoting the Emily Center, a medical library for patients and their families. She has also volunteered at the Grow House on Roosevelt Row, tutored students at Garfield Elementary and raised money for Relay for Life. An outstanding student, Taylor is one of 20 Flinn Scholars this year.  She will attend the University of Arizona and wants to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.


Gerardo Calderon is the District 4 nominee.  He is president of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Club and the Fitness Club, and secretary of the National Honor Society. Outside of the classroom, Calderon is captain of his adult soccer league team, and has volunteered more than 1,000 hours at the Arizona’s Veterans Home. He also has participated in T.I.L.T. – Tomorrow’s Involved Leaders Today – a community leadership program focused on giving back to the community. In the future, he looks forward to a career as a neurosurgeon.


Sixteen nominees, including nine Phoenix Union students, were honored at the Outstanding Young Man and Woman awards luncheon, April 18.