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October 7, 2020

2L Alixandra Powers Honored with 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award

Congratulations to 2L Alixandra Powers on receiving the 2020 Student Veteran Leadership Award! She is one of only 48 students in the nation selected by G.I. Jobs to receive this honor.
According to G.I. Jobs, this inaugural list recognizes student veterans who have demonstrated academic excellence and made meaningful contributions to their school, fellow student veterans, and their community. They embody the spirit of leadership, teamwork, and camaraderie. Alixandra is featured with the full list of honorees in the August 2020 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.

At Southwestern, Alix demonstrates a track record of service and leadership. She is the Vice President of OUTLaw, our on-campus LGBTQ+ organization, and is active in the Women’s Law Association and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She volunteers with the Bet Tzedek Legal Name and Gender Marker Clinic and is currently an extern in the Legal Unit of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Post-graduation, Alix aspires to practice employment discrimination law.

Image - Alixandra Powers “Southwestern has helped me navigate the unique financial and academic needs I have as a Student Veteran. The faculty and staff are always willing to work with me and my additional responsibilities as a Commissioned Officer. My military service has shaped my desire to serve people as an attorney. I’m proud to receive this award and represent Southwestern.” 

- Alixandra Powers, 2L

Alixandra Powers joined the US Army Reserve in 2010 after graduating high school. She attended basic combat training and advanced individual training and contracted as a Cadet in Northeastern University’s Army ROTC program in 2012.
As a Cadet, Alix completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Knox Kentucky in 2014, where she ranked as 1 of 256 Cadets in her Battery. 
She commissioned in 2015 as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps and was selected to attend flight school to become a Medical Evacuation pilot. In 2017, she graduated from flight school with a Blackhawk helicopter pilot certification.
She has served as an Aeromedical Evacuation Officer, Medevac Platoon Leader, and is currently assigned as an Aeromedical Operations Officer assisting in Medevac training and advising. 
In her years of service, Alix has been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Reserve Achievement Medal (with 2 oak leaf clusters), and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She has earned her Air Assault badge, Army Parachutist Badge, Army Aviator Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge. She is also a distinguished military graduate. 

Southwestern is proud to support student veterans like Alixandra.

Image - Military Friendly 2020 Bronze AwardThis year, Southwestern was named a Bronze Award Military Friendly Graduate School for 2020-2021 by VIQTORY. Southwestern is one of only three graduate schools in California to receive the Bronze Award distinction. Military Friendly schools with Bronze distinction are schools that scored within 30% of the 10th best school in their category. The award recognizes these institutions for their exceptional military/veteran programs. Learn more on our military/veteran programs here.