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Dec 26, 2013 4:43 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Cuesta College announces 2014 honored alumni

Cuesta College has announced its honored alumni for 2014.

The four alumni are some of the "best of the best graduates," according to college officials, and will be recognized on Friday, January 17, during opening day.

The Honored Alumni Awards recognize former Cuesta students' outstanding professional achievements and service.

The four 2014 honored alumni are:

-Robert L. Holley, who, in 1969, worked as part of the opening crew at the first McDonald's in San Luis Obispo. He has also owned and operated two Oregon restaurants for more than 20 years. One of the restaurants was named to the Top 10 Steakhouses in the West in "Sunset Magazine."

-Inga Swearingen, a jazz vocalist who studied music at Cuesta College and other San Luis Obispo schools. She has also made appearances on the live NPR broadcast, "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor.

-Jacob Thomas-Franklin Wall, the co-founder and chief designer of San Francisco-based company Artful Gentleman, which blurs gender lines for its men's and women's clothing. Wall also put on Suit Up for Equality in San Francisco, a fundraiser for the Human Rights Campaign and marriage equality.

-Elonye Wilkins, who "became the first female correctional officer in the nation to work in an all-male federal correctional institute."
After a 40-year-career with the federal government, she retired in 2010.

The Honored Alumni Awards were established in 1989.

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