Arturo Sandoval, Dr. Mario Molina Honored With Medal of Freedom

We're feeling overwhelmingly proud!

Cuban jazz musician Arturo Sandoval and Mexican Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Molina were among the 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom 2013 recipients!

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” President Obama said. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

Sandoval, who migrated to the United States from Cuba in 1990, has won nine Grammys, an Emmy and six Billboard Awards throughout his career.

"As a young man in Cuba, Arturo Sandoval loved jazz so much it landed him in jail," President Obama said during the ceremony on Wednesday, according to Fox News Latino. "It was the Cold War and the only radio station where he could enjoy jazz was 'Voice of America' and it was dangerous to listen to, but Arturo listened anyway."

Dr. Molina is a chemist who has dedicated his career to climate change and discovered the Antarctic ozone hole.

"Dr. Mario Molina's love of science began as a boy in Mexico City in a homemade laboratory in a bathroom at home," President Obama said. "That passion for discovery led Mario to become one of the most respected chemists of his era."

Congratulations to both Sandoval and Molina on this achievement!