Cindy Barrientos

Cindy BarrientosCindy Barrientos is an HTP alumna who transferred to the University of California at San Diego this fall to continue her studies in physiology and neuroscience. She graduated from Torrance High School in 2008 and from El Camino College in 2013.


Cindy won a scholarship at the 2013 Honors Transfer Council of California Student Research Conference at UC Irvine for her award-winning research poster, titled: “The effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on the cellular communication of Vibrio harveyi.” Her research also won an award at the recent national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).


“I thought this would be a great topic as there is a lot of concern over environmental impacts due to human activities,” she said. “Due to more sensitive equipment, scientists are able to find trace pharmaceuticals in marine habitats. I wanted to see if these low concentrations could potentially harm the organisms by testing an effect on the marine bacteria, Vibrio harveyi.”

El Camino College Olympians

1948 Olympics – London
Track and Field
George Stanich High Jump Won a Bronze Medal

1952 Olympics – Helsinki

Water Polo
Urho Saari Head Coach
Bill Dornblazer Player
Jim Norris Player
Harry Bisby Player
Bob Hughes Player

1964 Olympics – Tokyo

Keith Erickson Player

1984 Olympics – Los Angeles

Flora “Flo” Hyman Player Won a Silver Medal

1992 Olympics – Barcelona

Track and Field
Myra Mayberry 100 and 400 meters Representing Puerto Rico.

1996 Olympics – Atlanta

Track and Field
Sharette Garcia 800 meters Representing Belize
Myra Mayberry 100 and 200 meters Representing Puerto Rico.

Sprint Kayaking
Cliff Meidel Team Member

2000 Olympics – Sydney

Sprint Kayaking

Cliff Meidel Team Member and Team USA Flag Bearer