MOUNT VERNON/OAK HARBOR, Wash. — Skagit Valley College (SVC) students, Audrea Woll (Mount Vernon) and Lauren Turnbow (Oak Harbor), were named to the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team. Both were honored at the 20th annual ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College.
With more than 300 people in attendance, the ceremony provided an opportunity for community and technical college students to be recognized for their academic achievements and community involvement. This year’s team was made up of 68 students representing 34 community and technical colleges. Many legislators, college trustees, and family members also attended the celebration. Governor Jay Inslee provided the keynote address to honor the team for their achievements.
During the ceremony, each student received a commemorative medallion from his/her college president. Audrea and Lauren received their medallion from SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan.
Audrea Woll is 30 years old and is majoring in Human Services, Chemical Dependency. A single mother of two, Audrea has faced many struggles in life, giving her a special story to inspire others.
Audrea has been very active at SVC, including serving as Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, Human Services Club liaison, and an International Conversation Partner. She enjoys volunteering at her church and with a local faith-based financial mentoring program. Audrea plans to attend WWU to complete her bachelor’s degree. She has a GPA of 3.76.
Lauren Turnbow is 20 years old and is majoring in Computer Engineering at SVC’s Whidbey Island Campus. She serves as the secretary of the Whidbey chapter of PTK and volunteers time with Habitat for Humanity. She is looking forward a career in computer engineering since technology plays a large role in the advancement of society. She has a GPA of 4.0.
For 20 years, KeyBank of Washington has served as a major sponsor of the All-Washington Academic Team. KeyBank has helped make $250 scholarships available to each member of the All-Washington Academic Team.
The All-Washington Academic Team 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 where they live. In addition, it demonstrates the state’s commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state’s public community and technical colleges.
Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. Phi Theta Kappa has recognized and encouraged scholarship among two-year college students for 90 years by providing stimulation and enrichment while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. For these reasons, the American Association of Community Colleges has designated Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
The All-Washington Academic Team program is sponsored by: Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa. The following organizations provided scholarship support to this year’s team: KeyBank of Washington, Washington State Employees Credit Union.