Eriech Tapia, 21, is a student at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond and is pursuing a degree in journalism and a minor in public relations. He has received multiple awards for journalism during five years of reporting and as editor-in-chief for two of those years. Included is the Oklahoma Press Association’s Award for Promise in Journalism. He has reported from Cuba, Turkey, Greece and throughout the United States. He is from Sand Springs, Okla., and is a graduate of Charles Page High School. He is an active volunteer in the Edmond community and on the President’s Leadership Council at UCO.