Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Diona Ormon wants to be a cardiologist. The desire has been burning inside her for as long as she can remember and it’s insatiable.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I’ve always been fascinated with the heart and with the different ways the body works.”

The 19-year old biology major was one of a half-dozen students from Rappahannock Community College who recently traveled to Richmond for Every Day Is Community College Day at the General Assembly. The event gives students from across the Commonwealth the opportunity to meet with their state representatives and explain how they’ve benefitted from their community college experience. The hope is these impromptu testimonials will encourage lawmakers to allocate the funds necessary to turn the students’ dreams into reality.

When Diona first started pursuing her dream at RCC, she was more than a little apprehensive. “My first semester, I was a bit nervous because I had been home-schooled my whole life,” she said. But by the time she had become a sophomore, things changed.

“I felt like the teachers were always there and available to help you with the right things. I felt like the material wasn’t as difficult and the assignments were very straightforward.”


Like many students, Diona is working full-time while going to school. She admits her schedule can be challenging at times. “But, it’s all about prioritizing and making sure the first thing in your mind is always your schoolwork,” she noted.

Before long, Diona will have to transfer to another school to complete her undergraduate education and fulfill her lifelong ambition. While the medical program at Johns Hopkins University is tugging feverishly at her elbow, Diona says she’s not yet decided on a destination. But she has found copious amounts of inspiration along the way.

“I’ve had many encouraging teachers. One of my English teachers has always encouraged me to reach my dreams and told me that if I put my mind to it and work hard enough, I can get to where I want to go.”'

Craig Butterworth

A native of Richmond, Craig Butterworth is an award-winning broadcast journalist and communications professional. He has worked as a spokesperson, staff writer and editor for a variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout the Richmond area.

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