South Puget Sound Community College students Nathan Peters and Amanda FiveThunders will be honored at the 2014 All-Washington Academic Team ceremony on Thursday, March 27. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will be on hand to acknowledge recipients at the 19th annual ceremony, hosted by SPSCC. This year’s team consists of 68 students representing all the state’s 34 community and technical colleges.
Growing up on the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, Amanda FiveThunders emerged from a difficult upbringing and hopes to help children in similar situations realize their potential. FiveThunders would like to pursue a career as a social worker for Child Protective Services after finishing her educational goals, which includes setting her sights on a master’s degree from the University of Washington. In addition to her work in the classroom, FiveThunders also volunteers with the homeless.
Nathan Peters said the choice “to attend SPSCC is one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Peters is active on the campus of SPSCC, both as the editor-in-chief of The Sounds student newspaper, and as a member of the SISRA science club. Peters is also active in the community, volunteering at Capital Medical Center, helping serve him on the path to his career goal: become a physician assistant.
The program honors students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and service in their communities, and showcases Washington’s community and technical colleges. Contributions from KeyBank provide each team member with a $250 scholarship, and every public and most independent four-year college and university in the state are offering scholarships to attend their institutions. The top-ranked student receives the New Century Scholarship, worth $2,000. The second-, third-, and fourth-ranked students will each receive $1,000 scholarships from the Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges (TACTC). Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) is offering additional $250 scholarships to eight team members. Each team member is also a nominee for the All-USA Community College Academic Team, announced in April.
Phi Theta Kappa, KeyBank, TACTC, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges sponsor the event. For more information, contact Kellie Purce Braseth at (360) 596-5214 or visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.