Two Orange Coast College students who received Clay Lacy Aviation flight training scholarships received additional commendation from Orange County Board Supervisor Michelle Steel.
Steel, who represents Orange County's second district, presented certificates of achievement to Lex Lizotta and Soraya Eftekhari on Monday, Sept. 19 at Atlantic Aviation at John Wayne Airport.
"It is inspiring to see local students with a strong passion for flight," said Supervisor Steel. "I am delighted to join with Clay Lacy in honoring these remarkable future pilots."
Dr. Stanley Harriman who teaches and runs OCC's aviation pilot training program, and Dean of Technology Dan Shrader were on hand to watch the students receive their recognition. Supervisor Steel congratulated both for "building such an outstanding aviation school here in Orange County."
Lizotta, of Huntington Beach, California, aspires to become a pilot for a major cargo company like FedEx.
Eftekhari grew up in Switzerland and now lives in Newport Beach. Her goal is to fly and train other pilots in seaplanes.
Upon graduation from OCC, each will have earned an Associate of Science degree and private pilot's license, and both plan to complete their aviation education and pilot certifications at a four-year institution.