2016 SiS Student Ambassador of the Year


Congratulations to Kristen Ha, who studies at University of California, Irvine, and has participated in the Student Ambassador Program 2016. Along the year, Kristen has represented Study in Spain on her campus, through different events and social media. She organized a “departure orientation” event for students of her University to help them planning their stay in Spain. Also, she collaborated in the organization of the Spanish pavilion at NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Colorado.

In her own words
"The SiS program was an amazing opportunity for me to participate in. My experience as SiS was to encourage students to overstep their boundaries and explore the world outside of their comfort zone. I immensely enjoyed working along with the Spanish government in promoting and sharing the beautiful cultures and customs of Spain to my fellow students. Without this program, I would not have been able to share my love of learning cultures with others and the incredible benefits that come along with being multicultural."


The award ceremony was hosted by the Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles, Mr. Javier Vallaure de Achan, and the University of California, Irvine, on Feb 16, 2017. 





All the 2016 participants at the Program are listed below:

Nichrissha Wiggs

University: Dillard University (New Orleans, LA)
Studies: Psychology Major

Live la Vida Study Spain


Breanna Mital

University: University of Central Oklahoma (Oklahoma, OK)
Studies: Spanish Minor

UCO Study in Spain  i UCO Study in Spain



Kristen Ha

University: University of California Irvine (Irvine, CA)
Studies: Comparative Literature Major

UCI Student Ambassador


Caitlin Schneider

University: Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
Studies: Speech Pathology Major and Spanish Minor


America Saucedo

University: University of Houston- Downtown (Houston-Downtown, TX)
Studies: Spanish Major & Minor


Thenesoya Martin

University: Harvard University (Harvard Yard, MA)
Studies: G6 Major


Kristina Butler

University: St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)
Studies: Major ()


Krystal Aguilar

University: Montclair State University (NJ)
Studies: Minor


Bien Tenaya

University: University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
Studies: Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Major


Amanda Reid

University: Towson University (Towson University, MD)
Studies: Spanish Major


Ovidiu Breahna

University: John Carroll University (Brooklyn, Ohio)
Studies: Biology and Spanish Major


John Mundy

University: The Catholic University of America (Washongton, DC)
Studies: Psychology & Hispanic Studies Major


Halle Gilbert

University: University of Idaho (Moscow, ID)
Studies: Spanish Major 


Paige Rinker

University: Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN)
Studies: Mechanical Engineering Major

Paige Rinker Study in Spain


Natalie Palomino

University: University of Richmond (Richmond, VA)
Studies: Latin American Iberian Studies Minor


Merina Johnson

University: University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL)
Studies: Spanish Major


Rosa Mendoza

University: Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)
Studies: Spanish Major