All-Washington Academic Team

2018 All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony

All-WA recipient medalsThursday, March 22, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

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.

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.

2018 All-Washington Academic Team

Bates Technical College
Cynthia Lee
Megan Sales
Pablo Zumba-Perez

Bellevue College
Brenda Akoto
Alberto Gonzalez
Casey Tuttle

Bellingham Technical College
Amy Gainza
Briana Sullivan

Big Bend Community College
Rebekah Anderson
Mia DeLeon

Cascadia College
Kelsey Ramsay
Olivia Shoesmith

Centralia College
Molly McMahan

Clover Park Technical College
Lam Ho
Christina Pruitt
Holly Williams

Columbia Basin College
Leslie Esquivel
Gracelyn Ward

Edmonds Community College
Naol Debele
Jessica Howard

Everett Community College
Marwa Alwattar
Kassi Blanchard

Grays Harbor College
Elizabeth Alton
Sydney Potter

Green River College
Gabriella Gozali
Anna Matsumoto

Highline College
Phong Ly
Valerie Saylor

Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Hannah McKinley
Taebum Park
Monica Shoemaker
Robert Watkins

Lower Columbia College
Clinton Howard
Marinda Strine

North Seattle College
Manuel Fernandez
Camila Santos
Ranim Yousef

Olympic College
Anna Broome
Graciella Cilinceon

Peninsula College
Leonardus Jordhi
Bonnie Sires

Pierce College
Christel Pie
Gabriella Smith
Brittany Hanchey
Jordan Harmon
Jodi Holloway
Alyssa Wilkins

Renton Technical College
Kathryn Forman
Carl Harris
Murphy Vang

Seattle Central College
Emilio Chavez
Jie Shan Tan

Shoreline Community College
Taylor Jacobson
Maleah Woodley

Skagit Valley College
Mejak Jones
Christopher Leyva Vera

South Puget Sound Community College
Brendan Jewell
Rashida Begam Binti Mohamed Ibrahim

South Seattle College
Johnae Beckem
Sadin Safi

Spokane Community College
Jimwoo Kim

Spokane Falls Community College
Abby Gillen
Kara Roadruck

Tacoma Community College
Jamie A Johnson Nicholson
Georges Camille Motchoffo Simo

Walla Walla Community College
Amber Arndt
Karene Gibbs
Jonathan Johnson
Yelizaveta Romadin

Wenatchee Valley College
Tiffany Franzoy-Tofani
Galilea Vasquez

Whatcom Community College
Kordel Clarks
Elizabeth Kazadayev

Yakima Valley Community College
Rene Guevara
Antonio Valencia

2018 All-Washington Academic Team Ceremony

Members of the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored by Gov. Jay Inslee in a recognition ceremony. Honorees will receive medallions from their college presidents.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Student Union Building
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
Maps & Directions

About Phi Theta Kappa

See www.ptk.org.

Sponsors

Program Sponsors

The following organizations support the 2018 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 2018 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
    Alexandra Geneser, Vice President of Community Relations
    KeyBank
    PO Box 90027
    Bellevue, WA 98009
     
  • WSECU: In 2017, $2,000 awarded to the top ranking team member, $1,000 each awarded to team members 2-6; 2018 amounts being confirmed.
    Marcus Glasper, Chair, Board of Directors
    WSECU
    PO Box WSECU
    Olympia, WA 98507
     
  • Trustee Scholarships: $1,000 awarded to 3 team members
    Bridget Piper, President
    Washington State Association of College Trustees
    PO Box 42495
    Olympia, WA 98504-2495
Participating Colleges

Student Photo & Bio Requirements

Each community and technical college with a student on the 2018 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 Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

Bios and photos should both be submitted via the All-Washington Academic Team Student Bios form.

Photo Specs: Please send uncropped mug shots. Please name them as follows: Your college’s name (or initials) followed by the last name and first initial of the student (SPSCC DoeJ). Please save the photos at no less than 300 dpi.

Deadlines & Important Dates

December 2 - Nominee applications due to PTK National
February 9 - 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 22 - All-Washington Academic Team Recognition Ceremony
Late April - National team announced on USA-Today
April 19-21 - AACC Convention, Kansas City, MO

Student Resources

The Ceremony

Members of the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team will be honored in a recognition ceremony and will be presented with medallions by their college president and state officials. See above.

Guests

Friends, family and supporters of All-Washington Team members are welcome to the March 22 recognition ceremony. Seating at tables is limited so all guests may not be able to sit with their recipients.

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.

Contact

You can address your questions about the All-Washington Academic Team Program and Ceremony to:
Kelly Green, Chief Communications & Legislative Affairs Officer, Public Relations and Events, SPSCC