With many family members and friends in attendance, Skagit Valley College’s (SVC), Whidbey Island Campus and South Whidbey Center celebrated student achievement at the College’s 61st annual Honors Reception on June 6th at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Between the Mount Vernon and the Whidbey Island Campus ceremonies this year, more than $600k in scholarships were awarded to SVC students. Also that evening, many departmental and club awards were presented.
SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan awarded the President’s Medal to five students for their outstanding academic achievement. To qualify, each recipient must be a graduating sophomore, have all A or A- grades, and have attended SVC for at least three quarters. President’s Medals were awarded to: Hayden Armos, Elisabeth Dupont, Christopher Leyva Vera, Charles Nevin, and Anna Zywica.
Christopher Leyva Vera received the Yates Award, the highest award bestowed at the Whidbey Island Campus. Named for the former admiral and commanding officer of NAS Whidbey who was instrumental in working with SVC to secure property for the Whidbey Island Campus, the Yates Award honors a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, and academic achievement.
Among his many accomplishments at SVC, Christopher was selected to the All-Washington Academic Team. In addition to his academic work, Christopher served student body president of the Whidbey Island Campus, along with positions in other clubs and committees. He is a DACA beneficiary and a first-generation college student. He plans to earn a degree in social work to help marginalized communities.
The other Yates Award nominees this year were Kathryn Caballero and Rebecca Maher.
The faculty at South Whidbey Center presented the South Whidbey Center Academic Excellence Award to Matthew Palmer. He is described as an excellent student, very pleasant, conscientious, and works very hard to make school a priority in his life.
Carol Huber started the South Whidbey Center at Bayview many years ago. She was the first director of the Center and it was because of her hard work that the Center grew and continues to make a difference in the lives of South Whidbey students. When Carol left the center to teach at the Whidbey Island Campus in Oak Harbor, the Carol Huber Award was established in her name. This year’s Carol Huber Award was presented to Callum MacDonald.
Also, the following Departmental and Club Awards were presented:
Asian Pacific Islanders Club: Victoria Valdez
Basic Ed. for Adults/ESL: Jesus Rodriguez
Chemistry: Ben Knoll
Computer Info Systems: Stephanie Johnson
English: Cathryn Asp
Library: Victoria Valdez
Journalism Club: Elizabeth Brewer
Marine Technology: Zachary Simonson
Mathematics: Colton Alexander
Physical Education: Annamarie Crawford
Physics: Juliana Covarrubias & Caroline Paxton
Pre-Nursing: Jennifer Landingin:
Social Science: Christopher Leyva Vera
Student Life: Alexis Lenahan
Student Services: Idalis King
Veterans: Zac Norman