Andolyn Tomasa Medina, from Chesapeake, Virginia, is a 23-year-old second generation naval officer after being selected on 13 May 2019, 1 of 5 candidate of the Health Professions and Scholarship Program (HPSP) Candidate for the Clinical Psychology program.
She was sworn in on Saturday, June 15, by her parents. Andolyn’s shoulder boards were those that her mother wore when she was commissioned to the rank of Ensign. Her God mother, Aunt Sheila Toney placed on Andolyn’s left shoulder board and her Aunt Toni Mills placed on Andolyn’s right shoulder board and a lifelong friend of the family, City of Chesapeake City Council Woman Dr. Ella Ward presented Andolyn with her cover.
Medina will join the Medical Service Corps Officers club just like her parents but instead of being a Healthcare Administrator like them, she will be a Navy Psychologist in the United States Navy.
Medina is also a second year doctoral student at The George Washington University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2016 from The George Washington University and holds a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, graduating with a 3.85 GPA; and a 2016 graduate of Hollins University on a full academic scholarship. She graduated in three years from Hollins University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Music Minor, graduated Cum Laude.
She is currently employed at The National Center for Victims of Crimes in Washington, D.C. Her career ambition is to complete her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology and become a Navy Psychologist.
Medina has an extensive list of accomplishments and awards. They are: recipient of the Presidential Call to Service & Gold President’s Volunteer Service Awards; Miss America Community Service Award; Miss VA Quality of Life Finalist; Miss America’s Outstanding Teen (MAOTeen) Distinguished Alumna Award; Sandusky Service House Bronze Service Award; Wells Fargo Community Service Award; MAOTeen National Teen in Action Award Winner; Guest Performer for Miss America 2013 Pageant, Washington Wizards (NBA), Washington Capital City Go-Go (NBA G-League) & Washington Mystics (WNBA), United Service Organization (USO) Award recipient & Recipient of several VA State Senate Resolutions and City Proclamations.
She is currently a Miss District of Columbia 2019 finalist for the opportunity to compete for Miss America 2020 and she was Miss Virginia Cherry Blossom princess 2017. In 2016 Andolyn received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Roanoke, VA declaring 7 March ANDOLYN MEDINA DAY. Today, Andolyn has volunteered more than 7500 service hours.
Being an avid volunteer, Andolyn has always had a passion for service and giving back to her community. She is an ambassador for Children Miracle Network Hospital and for advocating against and putting a stop to Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking.
As stated above, Andolyn’s vocal gift and talent has opened many outstanding musical performance opportunities. These opportunities include: hand-selected in 2012 to sing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama where she spoke candidly with him and also met First Lady Michelle Obama; Sang the National Anthem to open the games of the Washington Wizards (NBA) and the Mystics (WNBA) and the Capital City Go-Go. She recently appeared as a guest “LIVE” on national TV, the Wendy Williams show. Andolyn is often praised for her keen intelligence, and her wonderful leadership, educational success, and outstanding service to all mankind has qualified her to join the legacy of her mother as a member Alpha, Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Andolyn’s Scholastic Honors: Recipient of Merit Scholarship for doctoral program; Golden Key International Honor Society Scholar, Summa Cum Laude Graduate, George Washington University; Psi Chi International Honor Society, Dean’s List, Cum Laude Graduate with departmental honors, and Full Tuition Scholarship, Hollins University; Governor’s School for the Arts, and National Honor Society.
Andolyn hails from Puerto Rican and African America descent. Her father, Andres Medina is a native of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and retired after 24 years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corps. He is currently the Assistant Deputy Director for Small Business at NAVFAC MIDLANT, Norfolk, VA and her mother, Carolyn Medina is a native of Lake City, South Carolina and retired after 20 years as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, Medical Service Corps. She is currently Navy Medicine East Regional Medical Inspector General in Portsmouth, Virginia. They both resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.