Success is All in the Family

Dewayne Garner JrDewayne Garner Jr. is a second generation Onondaga student who is making national headlines. In February of his freshman year Garner was invited to participate in the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington, D.C. Garner gave a presentation on the immunomodulation of cystic fibrosis and won first place in the category of Microbiology, Immunology, and Virology. “Winning the competition was so amazing. It was an incredible feeling!”

Succeeding in college is nothing new for Garner or his family. Both of his parents graduated from Onondaga and continued on to Syracuse University where they earned their bachelor’s degrees. Dewayne Garner Sr. graduated from Onondaga in 1999 with a degree in Engineering Science and today works as an electrical engineer. Kionna (Scott) Garner earned a degree in Human Services from Onondaga in 1998. Today she works with students at Corcoran High School as part of the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection. The Garner’s have three children.

Since coming to Onondaga from Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Garner Jr. has set high goals for himself while majoring in Mathematics and Science. “After I graduate in May 2015 I want to transfer to a four year institution, major in biomedical engineering, then move on to a Ph.D. program.”