All-Washington Academic Team

2019 All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

All-WA recipient medalsThursday, March 21, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Bldg. 27
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
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The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes and honors our state's finest higher education students. The students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community. Their stories are often inspiring, sometimes surprising, and always reflective of the larger story of the state's community and technical college students.

The program has become the showcase for Washington's community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state's commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state's public community and technical colleges.

2019 All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College
Peyton Gomez
Diessa Johnson-Scott

Bellevue College
Chelsea Rivas
Julie Randazzo

Big Bend Community College
Frank R Willis

Cascadia College
Aylar Atadurdyyeva

Centralia College
Ashlie Oxford
Samantha Haley

Clark College
Angela Kyle
Heather Leasure

Clover Park Technical College
Ronald Hayes
Nelson Nyland

Columbia Basin College
Brett Jakubek
Kaile Leiolani Kauanui

Edmonds Community College
Lazarus Hart

Everett Community College
Shirley Baughn
Mirei Maejima

Grays Harbor College
Kaden Coty

Green River College
Anhthu Nguyen
Vicki Freelund

Highline College
Vaishali Vakharia

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Tia Garrison
Morgan Wolf

Lower Columbia College
Jenna Lafontaine
Samantha Cohen

North Seattle College
Veronica Carpenter
Fernanda Jardim De Souza

Olympic College
Gary Elliott
Hannah Gray

Peninsula College
Brandy Wilkinson

Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom
Jessica Crowe
Marissa Baltadonis

Pierce College, Puyallup
Phuong Do
Annika Asling

Renton Technical College
Ana Carolina De Souza Mendes
Michael Greer

Seattle Central College
Devon Hall
Hongyuan Zhou

Shoreline Community College
Shujah Sial
Ting-yu Sung

Skagit Valley College
Lucinda Kesterson
Cheung Hung Kelly Li

South Puget Sound Community College
Phuoc Truong

South Seattle College
Jeffrey Campbell
Virginia Burton

Spokane Community College
Oluwanifemi Shola-Dare

Spokane Community College, Colville
Taylor Bartoschek

Spokane Falls Community College
Charissa K Ratliff-Daddario
Katie Lynn Janzen

Tacoma Community College
Sharon Jang
Brandon Carlson-Clarke

Walla Walla Community College
Derek Shanks
Malorie Wilwand

Wenatchee Valley College
Emma Brunner
Alison Keller

Whatcom Community College
Alejandra Hobi
Rukhsar Sadat

Yakima Valley Community College
Christina Escobar
Lahoma Doublerunner

2019 All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony

Members of the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored by Governor Jay Inslee in a recognition ceremony. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents. Friends, family and supporters of All-Washington Team members are welcome to the March 21 recognition ceremony. Seating at tables is limited, so all guests may not be able to sit with their recipients.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building - Bldg. 27
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
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Sponsors

Program Sponsors

The following organizations support the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team program:

  • Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges
  • Washington State Association of College Trustees
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College

Scholarship Sponsors

The following organizations provide scholarship support to the students on the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team:

  • KeyBank
  • Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU)
  • Washington State Association of College Trustees

Please Help Thank Our Valued Sponsors

Take the opportunity to thank our scholarship sponsors:

  • KeyBank: $250 awarded to every team member.
    Brian Marlow
    KeyBank President, South Puget Sound
    1101 Pacific Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    and
    Alexandra Geneser, Vice President of Community Relations
    KeyBank
    PO Box 90027
    Bellevue, WA 98009
  • WSECU: $750 awarded to the top 16 team members.
    Doug Mah, Chair, Board of Directors
    WSECU
    PO Box WSECU
    Olympia, WA 98507
  • Trustee Scholarships: $1,000 awarded to 3 team members.
    Jim Page, President
    Washington State Association of College Trustees
    PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
College Requirements & Deadlines

Student Photo & Bio Requirements

Each community and technical college with a student on the 2019 All-Washington Team is asked to provide a photograph and short bio of their students for the recognition ceremony booklet.

Bios and photo submission deadline is Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. Submit via the All-Washington Academic Team Student Bios form. Bios should be approximately 75 words. Photos should be high resolution and include only the student.

Deadlines & Important Dates

December 5 - Nominee applications due to PTK National
February 28 - All student bios and photos due from PIOs
Mid-February - PTK notifies state nominees of national ranking
Mid-February - PTK announces Washington's New Century Scholar
March 21 - All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony
April - National team announced on USA-Today
April 13-16 - AACC Convention in Orlando, Florida

Transfer Scholarships

Washington’s public and independent four-year colleges and universities have recognized the outstanding accomplishments of the members of the All-Washington Academic Team by offering a variety scholarship support. Below is the list of the support offered to the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members who transfer to their institutions.

College Number Offered Amount Description Contact
Public 4-Year Institutions:
Central Washington University Any 1,000 Central Washington University will offer $1,000 scholarships to any member of the 2019 All-Washington Team who enrolls in the University in fall 2019. Inti Valverde, Assistant Director of Scholarships, scholarships@cwu.edu, 509-963-1611
Eastern Washington University 1 2,000 Eastern is offering a $2,000 scholarship to one member of the 2019 All-Washington Team to attend the university Fall 2019 through Spring 2020. If more than one team member enrolls, Eastern will determine who receives the scholarship through a competitive application process. If the recipient maintains a 3.5 cumulative GPA, the scholarship may be renewed for a second year totaling $4,000. Kandi Teeters, Associate Director, EWU Financial Aid Scholarship Office, kteeters@ewu.edu, 509-359-6384
The Evergreen State College Any 1,500 The Evergreen State College is offering a $1,500 scholarship to any member of the 2019 All-Washington Team who enrolls at the college. Eric Pedersen, Chief Enrollment Officer, pedersee@evergreen.edu, 360-864-6311
University of Washington 10 8,000 UW will award tuition waiver scholarships to ten 2019 All-Washington team members who transfer to the Seattle, Bothell or Tacoma campuses. Each award will have a maximum value of $8,000 and will be distributed over a two-year period ($4,000 maximum each year).  Recipients must enroll in at least 12 credits each quarter and make satisfactory progress toward a degree. If more than ten team members enroll in UW, the university will determine who receives the scholarships.

UW encourages team members interested in transferring to notify the university of their intentions as soon as possible.
Carlos Williams, Office of Admissions, clwilli@u.washington.edu, 206-221-5416
Washington State University 10 2,000 Each year, Washington State University will award scholarships to ten All-Washington Academic Team members who transfer to any of the university's campuses. The $2,000 scholarships are non-renewable. If more than ten team members enroll in WSU, the university will determine who receives the scholarships.

WSU encourages interested team members to notify Student Financial Services as soon as possible.
Heather Morgan, Assistant Director-Program Administrations, Student Financial Services, morganh@wsu.edu, 509-335-9711
Western Washington University Any 2,000 Western Washington University recognizes the accomplishment of these outstanding students with a guaranteed minimum of $2,000 in combined scholarship to any 2019 All-Washington Team members who enroll in the University. Cezar Mesquita, Director of Admissions, cezar.mesquita@wwu.edu, 360-650-4350
Private 4-Year Institutions:
Gonzaga University 3 Varies Gonzaga University will consider all 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members for merit scholarships ranging from $7,000-$20,500. In addition, any student who has achieved Phi Theta Kappa recognition will receive an additional $3,000. Jim White, Dean of Student Financial Aid, whitej@gonzaga.edu, 509-313-6568
Pacific Lutheran University 5 1,000 Pacific Lutheran University is offering up to five $1,000 scholarships to 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at the university. If more than five members enroll, PLU will determine who receives the scholarships. Mike Frechette, Director of Financial Aid, frechemt@plu.edu, 253-535-7164
Saint Martin's University Any 5,000 Saint Martin's University will offer $5,000 scholarships to any All-Washington Academic Team member who enrolls at the university. In addition, Saint Martin's offers scholarships of $1,000 for PTK members who have completed an associates degree or have junior standing. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Dean of Enrollment, pholsingerfuchs@stmartin.edu
Seattle Pacific University Any 17,000 Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is offering $17,000 in SPU transfer merit based scholarship(s) to any member of the 2019 All-Washington Team who enrolls full time at SPU with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above and completes their Direct Transfer Degree prior to enrolling at SPU. If enrolling for spring 2019, SPU will offer $16,000 in merit aid. Cathy Dominguez-Chinn, Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions, transfer@spu.edu, 206-281-2540
Seattle University Any Varies Here is a link to information on our new merit scholarships, which are awarded to all admitted transfer students who meet the eligibility requirements; no required application: https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/finances/scholarships/transfer/ Gwen Jackson, Assistant Director of Admissions, jacksong@seattleu.edu, 206-296-5811
University of Puget Sound 3 2,000 The University of Puget Sound is proud to offer up to three $2,000 scholarships to All-Washington Team members who enroll at Puget Sound.  The All Washington Team scholarships will be granted in addition to other academic scholarships students might also receive. If more than three team members enroll, the University will determine who receives the scholarships. Each recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student for at least three (3.0) units per semester. The scholarship is renewable up to a maximum of ten semesters, provided the student meets the guidelines for satisfactory academic progress. Interested students are encouraged to notify the University of their intentions as soon as possible. Torri Lutton, Assistant Director of Admission & Transfer Admission Coordinator, tlutton@pugetsound.edu, 253-879-3211
Walla Walla University Any 1,000 Walla Walla University is offering $1,000 scholarships to any member of the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team who enrolls at the university. Trevor Congleton, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Services, trevor.congleton@wallawalla.edu, 509-527-2256
Whitman College 5 2,500 Whitman College is offering five $2,500 scholarships to 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitman.  If more than five team members enroll, the college will determine who receives the scholarships. Tyson Harlow, Assistant Director of Financial Aid, harlowtm@whitman.edu, 509-527-5178
Whitworth University 3 1,500 Whitworth University is offering up to three $1,500 scholarships to 2019 All-Washington Academic Team members who enroll at Whitworth. These scholarships are in addition to Whitworth's $16,000-$22,000 transfer academic scholarships. If more than three team members enroll, the university will determine who receives the scholarships. Greg Orwig, VP of Admission and Financial Aid, gorwig@whitworth.edu, 509-777-4580
New Century Scholar

The student receiving the highest All-USA Academic Team application score in each state is named a New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar or a New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. Students nominated for the Workforce Pathway should be planning to enter the workforce after completing a certificate or associate degree, and students nominated for the Transfer Pathway should be planning to transfer to the four-year college after graduation.

The program annually recognizes 100 Scholars. Each New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the Association of Community College Trustees Congress. Each New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar receives special recognition at the American Association of Community Colleges Convention.

About Phi Theta Kappa & the History of All-WA

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two Year Colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize and honor two-year college students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service.

In 1994, state-level academic teams were introduced as a way to provide scholarships and scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members, while promoting excellence at two-year colleges. Students nominated to the All-USA Academic Team are automatically named to their state team.

In 1996, Washington launched its state program. A steering committee comprised of community and technical college presidents, Phi Theta Kappa representatives, public information officers from two-year colleges and representatives from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges put together the first recognition ceremony in the Governor’s Mansion. The ceremony honored 44 students representing 24 community and technical colleges.

In 2015, the All-Washington Academic Team project included 65 students representing 34 community and technical colleges in Washington state. The program has become the showcase for Washington’s community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers, the men and women who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. This recognition demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Contact

You can address your questions about the All-Washington Academic Team Program and Ceremony to:
Sophia Santos, Executive Assistant, Public Relations and Office of the President, SPSCC