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South Puget Sound Community College will be represented by two students at the 2011 All-Washington Academic Team recognition ceremony Thursday, with both Katrina Boutwell and Man Sze Yu earning the accolade.

Gov. Christine Gregoire will be on hand to help South Puget Sound honor recipients at the 16th annual 2011 All-Washington Academic Team recognition ceremony on Thursday, March 24. South Puget Sound again hosts the event, which begins at noon at the college’s Student Union Building.

The field of honorees for this year’s All-Washington Academic Team consists of 63 students representing the state’s 33 community and technical colleges. When the event began 16 years ago, 44 students from 24 community and technical college’s were honored.

Boutwell, a 30-year-old psychology major who is maintaining a 3.8 grade point average, is eager to start her nursing career. A veteran, mother of three kids, wife of a deployed serviceman and a full-time student, Boutwell also works part time in the college’s Veteran’s Services Office. Yu, a 20-year-old business major maintaining a 3.88 GPA, came to South Puget Sound from Hong Kong and as a peer mentor, has used her own experiences to help students transitioning to life in America. Yu is also the secretary of the International Students Association.

Students were nominated for All-Washington recognition through a state program patterned after the national All-USA Academic Team, which Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the international honor society for two-year colleges, initiated. By acknowledging students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and in their communities, the program also brings attention to Washington’s community and technical colleges.

For more information, contact Kellie Purce Braseth at (360) 596-5214 or visit


Dean of College Relations
Kellie Purce Braseth
South Puget Sound Community College
(360) 596-5214
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