24 Jun 2016
- By Junhan B. Todiño - firstname.lastname@example.org - Variety News Staff
BILLIE Ryman Pensader Ocampo, a former Mt. Carmel School valedictorian, has completed his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from the University of Washington.
Ocampo was among the 4,000 graduates who received their diplomas on June 11 at Husky Stadium.
His bachelor of science degree in biology, molecular cellular and developmental biology will allow him to pursue a degree in medicine.
Ocampo said while waiting to be accepted into medical school, he plans to return to Saipan and work for the Commonwealth Health Center or one of the clinics on island.
Asked why he wants to be a doctor, he said medicine is his passion and he also wants to serve Saipan.
While in college, Ocampo was an undergraduate researcher for the Kaeberlein Laboratory of the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.
Ocampo also volunteered in a children’s hospital for two years, and spent another two years in a research laboratory setting.
Aside from his school achievements, Ocampo was active in community service as a Seattle Children’s Hospital child life volunteer, an undergraduate research leader, a Mycology Lab peer teaching assistant, a Bryant Elementary School Science Fair mentor, a Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society tutor, and University of Washington Relay for Life committee member.
On Saipan, Ocampo received the Governor’s Leadership Award in 2012.
In college, he was a consistent dean’s lister from 2014 to 2015 and received the Mary Gates Research Scholarship in 2014.
Ocampo said studying abroad without his family around was his biggest challenge.
His advice for students on Saipan is to “stay focused, study hard, remain humble and gracious.”
Billie is the son of Marida Pensader of DFS Galleria and Hugh Muscat of IT&E.