Rancho Santa Fe resident receives Yahoo! Excellence Award


Derrick McMillen, of Rancho Santa Fe, was honored with the 2012 Yahoo! Excellence Award in a small ceremony at UCSD on May 31.

This year’s award was presented by Rajesh Gupta, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering Qualcomm chair and professor of computer science and engineering.

Undergraduate students were recognized for excelling in leadership, research, tutoring, innovation, entrepreneurship, and diversity. They have demonstrated excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.

Recipients received engraved Yahoo! “bang” trophies along with a $400 monetary award.

McMillen, a senior at UCSD, was in the first graduating class of Canyon Crest Academy in 2008. He interned with Yahoo! in Sunnyvale, Calif., during the summer of 2011 and is set to intern with Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., this summer. Also receiving the award was: Ayelet Bitton, Theresa Calderon, Marjori Pomarole, and Kristina Thai.