Celebrating Student Success:
Congratulations to Victoria Waller and Mayuko Jordan! Both of these two outstanding Skagit Valley College students were named to this year’s All-Washington Academic Team and honored at the 22nd annual ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College on March 23rd.
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 63 students representing all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. Many legislators, college trustees, and family members also attended the celebration.
The students were honored by Governor Jay Inslee during the recognition ceremony. In addition, each student received a medallion from his/her college president. Mayuko and Victoria received their medallion from SVC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Kenneth Lawson, on behalf of SVC President Thomas Keegan.
Originally from Japan, Mayuko is 34 years old and is the mother of two boys. She is working toward her degree at Skagit Valley College’s Whidbey Island Campus. In addition to her studies at SVC, Mayuko serves as a recording officer in Phi Theta Kappa, as well as in the Asian Pacific Islander club. She also volunteers in the community supporting military families through the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Through volunteer activities, Mayuko found her passion to serve others. She maintains a 3.89 GPA and is studying Dental Hygiene.
Victoria is 33 years old, maintains a 3.8 GPA, and is majoring in Early Childhood Education. She describes herself as a passionate mother of five and believes that all children should have access to quality early learning. She is currently pursuing an ATA inEarly Childhood Education with the intent of also earning a master’s degree. Victoria is pursuing a career in early learning education so that all children have the best start possible.
KeyBank of Washington has served as a major sponsor of the All-Washington Academic Team for 22 years. 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 92 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, Washington State Association of College Trustees, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Phi Theta Kappa.
Scholarship sponsors are: KeyBank of Washington, Washington State Employees Credit Union, and Washington State Association of College Trustees.