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2010-2011

Fall 2010 Student Honor Roll

The following Centralia College students earned at least a 3.9 grade point average during fall quarter 2010 and were named to the President's List. The students listed completed a minimum of 10 college credits.

Aberdeen: Josh Fletcher.

Adna: James Anderson and Andrew Conway.

Bucoda: Cory Waterman.

Centralia: Diane Abbott, Joe Anderson, Rainey Banick, Betty Bloomstrom, Tamara Bronson, Carrisa Brower, Sydney Brown, Steve Crawford, Starlynn Davis, Jonathan Dietz, Kathrynn Donovan, Damien Fisher, Stephanie Forberg, Tanya Griffith, Jonathan Gundersen, Brian Hansen, Britton Holman, Karen Holmes, Rachel Hudson, Brett Johnson, Dawn Johnson, Robert Keeley, Matthew Kiefel, Kristina Knutson, Mike Koidahl, Eva Leach, Brittany Lloyd, Bruce Logan, Michael Martini, Philip Mawamba, Seth Mayberry, Christina McNair, Jarrett Meers, James Milton, Jeremy Munson, Ruth Newkirk, Autumn Overman, Benjamin Piepgras, Stacy Ridgley, Kathrine Riley, Benjamin Shilman, Glenn Steinhorst, William Swartz, Olivia Winebrenner, Yui Yoneguchi, GA Yu, Li Yuan, and Zhengang Zhu.

Chehalis: Sarah Adamou, Anthony Ahrens, Rick Ambeau, Lindsey Anders, Kelly Anderson, Ryan Brannon, Sage Brannon, Kaci Burke, Ashley Carlson, Aric Catron, Bradley Clark, Krysandra Collins, Bryan Compton, Kenneth Conrad, Eric Coyner, Cameron Dean, Zachary Ferguson, Savannah Freeman, Laura Griffith, Brenda Hafoka, Anastasia Hansen, John Hynes, Jeffery Jacob, Vasily Kovzun, Bradley Lucht, Tonya Mackey, Marvella Mendez, Tyleen Moyer, Amy Nelson, Zack Nichols, Jana Olson, Jennifer Olson, Darrin Oxford, Rebecca Painter, Robert Pehl, Nick Quillan, James Rains, Cheryl Richards, Corey Schaff, Justin Schaffer, Jerry Spanninger, Torian Teagle, Katherine Thompson, Sheri Watson, Andrew White, Lynn Wiltzius

Cinebar: Rebecca Chapman, Joseph Krupla, and Rebekah Lenz.

Cosmopolis: Lenn Rahikainen.

Curtis: Joshua Krick and Kelly Lyon.

Kelso: Ryan Suttles.

Liberty Lake: Jennifer Anderies.

Little Rock: Alisa Deleon and Patricia Irwin.

Marysville: Sharlie Roach-Karr. Montesano: Dayton Ackley.

Morton: Michael Steele and Cheyenne Tomlinson.

Mossyrock: Katie Coleman, Maria DeGoede, Arlen Everist, Kathryn Fitzhugh, Odie Hadaller, Jacob Kinsman, Scott Rogers, and Christine Vogel. Napavine:

Marc Annan, Amanda Daily, Thomas Diehl, Chuck Lantau, and Kristen Lantau.

Oakville: Michaela Fredrickson, Andrew Knotts, Patrick Pounds, and Misty Secena.

Olympia: Jared Cunningham, D Hughes and Joseph Williams.

Onalaska: Christina Butterton, Austin Hunt, J Rice, and Grace Succo.

Pe Ell: Megan Miller and Amanda Parker.

Randle: Ashley Thome.

Renton: Ashley Miles.

Rochester: Arielle Allard, Jessica Betts, Jason Blanksma, Thomas Byrd, Jillian Halvorsen, Daniel Hatchett, Jennifer Hilzer, Kristin Iselin-Lyons, Dawins Kemp, Travis Kinney, Leslie Knight, Berenice Martinez, Mitchell Royce, Lindsy Ryan, Hannah Sheets, Keith Winterowd, and Keith Morgan.

Salkum: Danielle Belongia, Kathryn Harris, Chad Taylor, and Cindy Wright.

Shelton: Jordan Porterfield and Matthew Wood.

Tenino: Matthew Schult and William Walker.

Toledo: Victoria Ericson and Lisa Tilley.

University Place: Davis Rogers.

Winlock: Melinda Hammond, Tyler Hertz, David Hoogkamer, Ryan Hunter, Linda Stoeckel, and Michael Watkins.

Yelm: Ledford Coggeshall, and Jodi Terwilliger.

The following students earned at least a 3.75 GPA during fall quarter and completed a minimum of 10 credits and were named the Centralia College Fall Quarter Vice-President's List.

Aberdeen: Eric Sweers, Martan Walkama

Centralia: Tyler Lyon, Danika Ashmore, Jeffrey Braaten, Katherine Bratz, Whitney Breckel, Breanna Burkey, Twila Collins, Diana Contreras, Brianna Cowin, Jason Cowin, Kali Dailey, Charity Dempsey, Ronald Dennis, Holly Ekstrom, Eli Elisondo, Richard Fisher, Shaun Gilliland, Michael Gregg, Mary Hahnenkratt, Emily Hawkins, Donald Hays, Jennifer Hyatt, Sara Kaiser, Hailey Kelly, Heather Kruger, Garrett Lahmann, Janet Lake, Ying Lam, Judd Lee, Kyle Lipinski, Paul Lobaugh, Ramona Mathat, Matthew McBride, Lacie Melhart, Enoch Newkirk, Nathaniel Norris, Jon Pedersen, Scott Pethel, Viktoriya Popovich, Abigail Potter, Luke Potter, Marshniel Prasad, Brittnie Presnell, John Quade, Andrew Raappana, Erick Rockwood, Arvela Sands, Krystal Sawyer, Shelli Schmitt, Kaylynn Smith, Harvey Suddarth, Tessie Taylor, Nickolas Walker, Victoria Walker, Daniel Whalen, Trevor White, Lauren Wiley, Keale Wiseman, and Trena Young.

Chehalis: David Albright, Chris Anderson, Zaxhary Bagley, Jacob Berry, Athena Bornstein, James Brewer, Cindy Brooks, Eleanor Cole, Matt Dean, Joshua Debusk, Kevin Despain, Colton Evans, Gailyn Grimes, Adam Hart, Rose Hauer, Marian Hazzard, Madison Karch, Genesis Leal, Mike Lowrey, Joshua Luck, Derek Macomber, Scott Mader, Brandi Mathis, Tara May, Benjamin Miller, Joshua Miller, Keelan O'Hara, Laura Peckham, Mara Poor, Jacob Ramacher, Jonathan Rambo, Esperauza Reyes, Breanna Rollins, Alana Romero, Brian Ross, Joe Rupp, Stacie Savunen, Sara Simmons, Rachel Smith, Carissa Sparks, Lloyd Stone, Stephen Summers, Terrence Thompson, Bobby Trusty, Trevor Wallace, Brandy Weaver, Gary Winebrenner, Ashleigh Withey, and Amanda Woods

Cinebar: Naomi Huffman

Elma: Steve Buckingham

Ethel: Jonathon Loerzel

McKenna: Kassie Cox

Morton: Justin Freeman, Derick Gilk, and Jennifer Mau

Mossyrock: Michelle Brindle and Angela Hadaller

Napavine: Courtney Shea, Shelby Siemers, and Jacob Wagner

Olympia: Melanie Berg, Linza Cook, and Tyson Lucas

Onalaska: Erika Morgan, Cody Nutt, Sarah Petrino, Kannika Quillan, Rex Sandwith, Debra Walker, Jason Whitmer, and Peter Wilson

Pe Ell: Kendra Penberth

Randle: Maria Murphy

Raymond: Kelton Rockett

Rochester: Tammy Adams, Christina Cahill, Samantha Edwards, Arbie Groninger, Melissa Kross-Joslin, Lizette Loa, John Lovejoy, Mark Miller, Steve Nickel, Lea Roberts, and B Stark

Roy: Jeremy Black

Salkum: Michael Zydek

Shelton: Arthur Decamp

Silvercreek: Bobbi Murphy

Tenino: Brittany Bywater and Katie Gearns

Toledo: Kassy Covey, Holly Durham, Nicole Ewers, David McReynolds, Stefanie Noga, and Caleb Thomas Tumwater: Cameron Bouvier

Vader: Regina Carpenter

Winlock: Richard Bergh, Jared Booth, Shelley Cozart, Daniel Douglas, Joseph Goble, Jeremy Haddox, Brandon Inman, Mikel Scott, Justin Strozyk, and Scott Williams

Yelm: Anthony Hunter and Michael Stephens

The following Centralia College full-time students earned a 3.50-3.74 grade point average during fall quarter 2010. The students listed completed a minimum of 10 college credits.

Aberdeen: Tiffini Walker

Castle Rock: Dustin Hamilton

Centralia: Joni Ames, Robert Anderson, Holly Bailey, Taylor Beasley, Anna Brady, Tracie Brandt, Amber Cartner, Nathan Clark, John Dover, Joe Echols, Kelly Eidsvik, Susan Garcia, Clyde Gartner, Kasey Gates, Sarah Gonia, Richard Graves, Abigail Gundersen, Sarah Gundersen, Jill Hansen, William Henderson, Casey Herzog, Sabrina Hughes, Robert Hutcherson, Christal Jones, Adam Justice, Erika Katt, Charles Kifer, Aleksey Korenkov, Erik Krogness, Shane Lamson, Samantha Lloyd, C Lund, Nicole Matson, Kylie McKune-Dahl, Alyson Messegee, Brandon Meyers, Jennifer Milton, James Morris, Robyn Musial, Derick Omburo, Margaret Palmer, Taeha Park, Kody Posey, Brenna Rapp, Sarah Rodenbaugh, Leticia Rodriguez, Marlene Sanchez, Lane Schinnell, Lisa Sipe, Steven Speer, Erin Steele, Kristi Strouth, Delores Sweeney, Robin Trent, Joey Tyler, David Weaver, Terry Witchey, Iyesha Woods, Lihua Wu, Andrew Yocom, and Isaac Young

Chehalis: Warren Anderson, Joel Annonen, Shamra Ayre, Neal Bahrt, Mercy Beigh, Randi Bieker, Tracy Birley, Julia Bissett, Robert Bixler, Jaime Brown, Matthew Brown, Natalie Burk, Daniel Carney, Debbie Clevenger, Jason Colter, Kaleen Davis, Stephanie Deboer, Austin Ebner, Cameron Gebhart, Nicholas Gennick, Chelsie Griffith, Danielle Grosshans, Jamie Hadley, Chris Johnson, Dakota Kaech, Nikki Karnas-Young, Kendra King, Kara Klein, Steven Knighten, Mary Larson, Denise Latimer, John Lopes, Timothy Lutz, Jessica Mathews, Thompson Matney, Cody McNurlin, Jennifer Meadors, Autumn Mozingo, Autumn Music-Schmitz, Caitlin Oneill, Della Pannette, Leland Parker, Nicole Quillan, Laurie Rager, Talea Roberts, Chris Ross, Kyle Saari, David Simmons, Rebekah Singleton, Kristie Solem, Jennifer Stenerson, Nicholas Steveson, Charles Styger, Thomas Trotter, Sera Wang, Bethany Weaver, Travis Wentworth, Adam Woodland, and Ronald Wright.

Cinebar: Elizabeth Chapman, Amanda Coleman, David Lenz, Loralyn Rosenberg, and Kadena Ulery

Doty: Josiah Beresford, Candice Johnston, Jarrod Kiser, Shannon Kiser, and Sharmin Lagerwey

Elma: Andy Becker

Glenoma: Amanda Bloomstrom, Ruby Gregory-Lyons, and Irene Lindberg

Kalama: Shane Burpee

Lacey: Crystal Bagtas, Scott Baldwin, Robert Engelbert, Stephanie Engelbert, Rebecca McCleskey, and Dyllon Miller

Morton: Camille Bennett, Leah Bennett, Stefana Bertucci, Devin Honeycutt, and Kayla Weber

Mossyrock: Courtney Brooks and Anayely Gomez

Napavine: Peggy Beaber, Amanda Drentwett, David Eames, Sariah Flock, Ashley Gonzales, Jessica Hickey, Valerie Lloyd, Deanne Minkoff, Tabitha Moore, Dana Morris, Kathleen Santos, Mitchell Thompson, and Stephen Valentine

Oakville: Courtney Hornby and Casey Wells

Olympia: Karissa Benjamin, Joseph Butler, Allysia Everson, Anndria Fruitman, Brittany Heintz, Stephen Moreau, Sean Ohara, Stephanie Rickert, Kimberly Rowe, Rebecca Thomas, Eric Unger, and Brenda Wilhite

Onalaska: Jason Adams, Melissa Anderson, Ashley Erickson, Stephen Guardado, William McDermitt, Susan Mordick, Lon Oliver, Jean Pannkuk, Chris Romer, Savannah Stanley, and Steven Wirth

Pe Ell: Ashley Alden, James Bieker, Shad Desilva, David Hollinger, Jeffery Layland, Debra Oster, Margo Gove, and Michael Holland

Raymond: Catherine Nelson

Rochester: Kaitlin Bachman, Denise Brown, Janet-Michea Chapman, Megan Curfman, Karen Ermert, Laura Garcia, Robert Gilbert, Sandra Harrowing, Ross Hoskin, Rebecca Hulstein, Rachel Huriavi, Samantha Huriavi, Jeanifer King, Joel Lancaster, Michelle Lee, Douglas Letteer, Kali Nachatilo, Junior Navarro, Krissy Pommerening, Sergio Ramirez, Russell Serventi, Jack Sowa, and Joan Wheaton

Salkum: Angela Clay, Tess Larson, and Greg Schwenzer

Silvercreek: Angela Landis

South Bend: Franky Pickernell

Tenino: Emmalee Baker, Kelsey Bunting, Hayley Perkins, Whitney Perkins, Christina Sanchez, Ryan York

Toledo: Savannah Boivin, Cameron Boone, Glenda Clark, Matthew Deskins, Kyle Engle, Margaret Germain, and Jacob King

Tumwater: Cassandra Clinton, Aaron Gish, Chris Larsen, Ryan Mortenson, Justin Pattison, Starla Roddan, and John Sundahl

Vader: Stephen Anderson, Anthony Reed

Wasilla: Scott Herman

Winlock: Lluvia Barragan, Guy Beard, Kristi Biggers, Vikki Bolden, Nathan Booth, Nataschia Boughton, April Broderick, Seth Condos, Christinea Gilliam, Kerrie Gillum, William Haddox, Zabrinna Jones, Sirena Kostick, Collin Kupers, Cody Machine, Susan Macy, Sergio Martinez, Darcy Maxwell, Jimmie Noltensmeyer, Sam Norton, Anna Payne, and Ginger Petrie

Yelm: Chris McElderry, Michael Morrisey, and Martin Stevens

2009-2010

Winter 2010 Student Honor Roll

The following full-time students earned a 4.0 grade point average during winter quarter 2010. The students listed completed a minimum of 12 college credits.

Aberdeen: Josh S Fletcher and Martan J Walkama. Adna: James L Anderson and Penelope L Obyrne. Centralia: Kayla R Baylor, Rick J Ambeau, Erik W Anderson, Jason N Cowin, Darin Deehr, Jonathan T Dietz, Ross M Gleason, Teigen P Goodeill, Sarah A Gundersen, Gene E Inmon, Matthew D Kiefel, Kristina C Knutson, Mike Koidahl, Heather D Kolowinski, Jeffrey M Lowdermilk, Jennifer R Lund, Brandon L Martin, Michael J Martini, Seth E Mayberry, Bonnie J McLeod, Debra A Muller, Jon W Pedersen, Patrick A Pounds, Sarah J Rodenbaugh, Val Fm Ross, Anjin Song, and Christopher A Street.

Chehalis: Lindsey K Anders, Allen R Anderson, Chris R Anderson, Daniel S Carney, Jason B Colter, Cameron B Dean, Allen J French, Alysia M Gladson, Kayla M Hitchcock, Terri L Krick, Shana L Macomber, Nicole K McLean, Daniel G Morrison, Nissa M Nishiyama, Cheryl R Richards, Justine N White, Sarah L Whittaker, and Gary A Winebrenner.

Cinebar: Joseph III Krupla. Ethel: Derek R Loerzel. Hoquiam: Adam M Foster. Kelso: Ryan S Suttles. Morton: Jodi R Weber. Mossyrock: Lexi R Belcher, Maria T DeGoede, and Kathryn M Fitzhugh. Onalaska: Stephen M Guardado, Jessica K Lahan, and Stephen D Whitaker. Pe Ell: Amanda K Parker. Rochester: Jessica L Betts, Jennifer K Hilzer, Douglas C Letteer, Allicia M Peterson, and Tessa M Unick. Salkum: Chad B Taylor. Spokane: Mark L Tonhofer. Tenino: Robert L Baughman Tenino. Toledo: Gabriel J Kelly, Kenneth R Meyer Toledo, Susan P Meyer, and Edward E Roberson. Westport: Brian D Judd. Winlock: Molly A Deming and Amelia Tobiason.

The following students earned at least a 3.74 gpa during winter quarter and completed a minimum of 12 credits.

Aberdeen: Scott R Birdsall
Adna: Kari L Andersen
Castle Rock: Cory L Madsen

Centralia: Diane L Abbott, Stevie J Abbott, Jackie K Agee, Danika J Ashmore, Haley M Bartlett, Tracie A Brandt, Sydney A Brown, Kerry E Clark, Denise M Crosier, James A Driscoll, Joel T Dykman, Melanie M Figueredo, Damien L Fisher, Kelsey I Gallegos, Shaun A Gilliland, Romne V Griffith, Sarah E Hall, Brian R Hansen, Sydney K Heath, Henry R Holsinger, Rachel A Hudson, Carl J Johnson, Joshua J Josephs, Sara L Kaiser, Victoria Kaiser, Ashley E Kim, Nathan D Klemp, Kevin Krick, Ying Chun Lam, John D Larson, Joseph A Law, Lauren A Liseth, Luis F Loa-Martinez, Russell K Lovelett, C Thayer Lund, Ramona L Mathat, Nicole D Matson, Matthew L McBride, Scott A Miller, Jennifer A Milton, Ruth J Newkirk, Audree J Olsen, Samuel N Paros, Alec D Riggles, Glenn O Steinhorst, Cecil (Scott) R Taylor, Ashley R Tomasheck, Victoria I Walker, Daniel A Whalen, Rita B Whalen, Kenta Yamaguchi, and Li Yuan

Chehalis: David D Albright, Cornelius A Anderson, Freya Betts, Cindy R Brooks, Ashley S Carlson, Aric D Catron, Kari A Ciolli, Kenneth P Conrad, Joshua J Debusk, Ember L Devaul, Shane W Dunn, Alyssa R Eichelberger, Colton Evans, Eleanor P Fazzari, Zachary A Ferguson, Abbey R Ferrier, Jordan A Giske, Chelsie Griffith, Cody C Hawthorne, Jake W Holmes, Devin E Hoyt, Blake A Huffman, Jeffery D Jacob, Richard Jimenez, Sierra D Johnson, Genesis S Leal, Tyler L Muir, George A Nielsen, Brandon P Pavey, Nick J Quillan, James A Rains, Chris R Ross, Tyson L Schmitt, Leah A Simons, Dylan A Spencer, Sam Stenerson, Charles (chip) Styger, Torian Teagle, Terrence L Thompson, Leeanne T Tripp, Devin J Walsh, Travis C Wentworth, Sally C Wilkins, Linda Williams, Adam C Woodland, and Stanley E Yocom

Cinebar: Rebekah E Lenz and Daniel A Smith
Cosmopolis: Lenn W Rahikainen
Ethel: Jonathon S Loerzel
Lacey: Robert E Engelbert, Adam R Foster and Dwight W Giese
Littlerock: Patricia A Irwin
Morton: Jesse M Barker, Leah J Bennett, Louisa K Hanson, Whitney D Self, and Cheyenne M Tomlinson
Mossyrock: Elena M Belcher, Crystal L Hunt, Josh Leach, Leita Leach, and Whitney L Moore
Napavine: Peggy A Beaber, Sam A Colbert, Jonathon S Gray, and Theresa M Stanfield
Oakville: Brent W Michaud
Olympia: Connie S Hill, Cheyne S Lee, Joshua A Medford, Krissy M Pommerening, Kimberly A Rowe, Stephanie R Spriggs, and Eric C Unger
Onalaska: Samantha C Frazzin, Emily K Holmes, Austin G Hunt, Austin J Majors, D Joyce Moore, Patrick M Newhall, Rodney D Saarela, and Theophany G Truitt
Pe Ell: James M Bieker, Tyler M Frazier, David Hollinger, Gary Mersereau, Sarah J Russell, Joseph M Wooster, and Michael K Holland
Randle: Maria D Murphy and Ashley M Thome
Rochester: Thomas Byrd, Tanya R Griffith, Sandra L Harrowing, Jair J Juarez, Jeanifer M King, Shawn M Northcutt, Kimberly S Parker, Isaac N Santana, Hannah M Sheets, and Joan M Wheaton
Shelton: Robert J Alexander and Jordan W Porterfield
Tenino: Sherry Y Beardslee, Tabitha A Bruhn, Brittany K Bywater, Brittney M Dorsch, Jennifer L McCoy, Travis L McGehee, Carlene R Reaves, Sara L Sanchez, and Molly R Yoder
Toledo: Kelly C Fetters
Tumwater : Ben J Ford
Union: Gordon I Lawter
Vader: Nicholas C Anderson and Stephen R Anderson
Winlock: Richard J Bergh, Jared M Booth, Alysa E Brown-Lawrie, David J Butterfield, Christinea M Gilliam, Jeremy J Haddox, Melinda M Hammond, Jacob T Hazlett, Stephanie D Hollenbeck, Britton M Holman, Iletta J Hopper, Lisa A Larsen, Tessa Lawrence, Kristofer H Munoz, Sam E Norton, Dawn N Ready, Katie A Stemkoski, Russell E Turner, Morris A Wideman, and Charmaine K Willard
Yelm: Ledford S Coggeshall and Lisa L Goodman

Fall 2009 Student News

Summer 2009 Honor Roll

The following Centralia College full-time students earned a 4.0 grade point average during summer quarter 2009. The students listed completed a minimum of 12 college credits:

Aberdeen: Martan J Walkama. Centralia: Debra A. Muller. Chehalis: Randy Durrant, Jing Wang Su, and Delores J. Sweeney. Elma: Steve R. Buckingham. Olympia: Cheyne S. Lee. Onalaska: Rodney D. Saarela. Pe Ell: David Hollinger. Rochester: Sandra L. Harrowing. Toledo: Scott E. Mader. Westport: Brian D. Judd. Winlock: Russel E. Turner.

The following students earned at least a 3.74 grade point average during summer quarter 2009 and completed a minimum of 12 credits:

Bucoda: Cory Waterman
Centralia: Jeffrey Braaten, Bo Jack Galloway, John P. Holmquist, Sharon C. Mullins, Donald B. Owens, Mandy Taylor, and Bill A. Wallace
Chehalis: Kenneth A. Conrad, Steven D. Crowl, Christine M. Fossett, Devin C. Sorensen, and Jing Xiang Su
Hoquiam: Derek A. Pendragon
Morton: Zack L. Williams
Mossyrock: Thomas J. Atkinson and Maria Hernandez
Napavine: Theresa M. Dehaven
Oakville: Casey A. Wells
Olympia: Terry B. Borne
Onalaska: Stephen M. Guardado and Shannon Walker
Pacific: Nancy J. Youngs
Randle: Dan A. Yeckel
Rochester: Jessica L. Betts, Nancy K. Childers, and Kimberly S. Parker
Shelton: Robert J. Alexander
Vader: Penny L. Bumpaous
Winlock: Danny Graves, Maria L. Hertz, Jeff A. Schlottmann, Charmaine K. Willard, and Edward R. Wittenauer

2008-2009

Winter 2009 Student Employees of the Quarter

Two students earned the Winter Quarter Student Employee of the Quarter Award: Ashley Duerr-Nedrow, a Centralia College student who is working as a program aide, has been awarded the Winter On-campus Student Employee of the Quarter. Donna Harmon, who worked with Olympic Dental & Denture, LLC in Centralia, was named the Winter Quarter Off-campus Student Employee of the Quarter. The college's Student Job Center staff made the announcement. The award is based on recommendations by college staff who supervise student workers.

Ashley Duerr-Nedrow

Ashley Duerr-Nedrow began work fall quarter 2008 as an aide in the college's Parent Support Services (PSS) Department. Her duties included assisting in the kitchen organizing the food services items for meals, cleaning dishes following meals, putting away art supplies, clearing and bleaching the activity tables before and after meals. When she is finished with kitchen duties, she joins the rest of the childcare staff in caring for the children whose parents are in adult education.

PSS staff, Cheryl Althauser, Donna Ruby, Rebecca Scott, and Cristy Heitschmidt joined together to submit the recommendation. The recommendation stated: "Ashley demonstrates accountability and a strong sense of responsibility in her work ethic. She has excellent interpersonal skills and is a delight to work with." "Ashley is very punctual, usually arriving early. She has not missed a day of work since she started." "She is a quick learner." "She is willing to learn new techniques and is open to constructive suggestions. Ashley takes pride in the work she does. While she accepts suggestions with grace, from time to time she also contributes a helpful suggestion on how to improve the working of the kitchen operation." "She is calm in stressful situations. She is sincere, friendly and welcoming. She helps students feel comfortable by greeting them by name when they arrive to class and she knows each of the children's names. She consistently remembers the special needs of one child who has food allergies." "Ashley represents our program and the college in a professional manner. From time to time, our TIPS students behave in socially inappropriate ways (loud, angry, flirtatious) but Ashley behaves respectfully towards everyone and does not pass judgment based on their behavior."

Donna Harmon

Donna Harmon began her employment as a State Work Study student employee with Olympic Dental & Denture, LLC in Centralia during fall of 2008. Her title is Sterilization Technician and her duties include filing, answering the phone, greeting customers, and sterilizing dental tools. Donna's supervisor, Angela Crownhart, shared, "Donna is courteous to all patients and employees. Her work ethics are outstanding. She has come up with a lot of time saving ideas that that don't compromise the integrity of the job. Donna even tells other employees they are doing a good job when she feels they should be told." She summed it up in one sentence, "Donna has been a blessing!"

Other students who were nominated for the on-campus award included:
TERESA OBENAUF, Centralia College East
SAILAS CHIMUKHO, Diesel Technology
MICHELLE FREDERICK, Centralia College Library

Other students who were nominated for the off-campus award included:
DEBBIE BREON, WSU – Extension Energy Program
DOROTHY TROTTER, Tom Dobbs Farmers Insurance
HOLLY PHELPS, Edison Elementary School
JODI HAMER, Dr. Joe Dolezal

Student Profile: Hannah Ash, Miss Lewis County 2009

Hannah AshRecently chosen Miss Lewis County for 2009 is a Centralia College student with an eye on music. Hannah Ash is an academic transfer student who will major in music and hopes for a career in the field. Her talent choice in the local Miss Lewis County Pageant was opera; she's a gifted soprano.

Equally impressive was her ability to write an arrangement that changed a standard operatic solo from 8 minutes to just a minute-and-a-half. Both her voice talent and her technical ability stunned the audience and convinced the pageant judges! Ash attended Centralia Christian School through grade eight, and graduated from Centralia College. She found a part-time job at Pope's Kid's Place that she still holds, and that experience has broadened her career music ambitions.

"My dream has always been to join an opera company," Ash said. "I've loved classic music and the idea of being on stage for some of the great vocal pieces written for performance." Her experience at Pope's Kid's Place showed her another valuable application of her musical gift. "I saw the results classic music had on children," she explained. "Some who were really troubled were able to begin their recovery partly because of the music we brought them." Ash paused for a moment, then added "It was about the most rewarding experience I've ever known."

Her confidence in landing a career in opera—and perhaps in music therapy—took a giant step forward when she came to Centralia College and studied under Dr. Donna Huffman. The Centralia College music director recognized Ash's talent and passion for her music and almost immediately became a mentor and personal advisor.

"I came to Centralia College for the usual reasons," Ash explained. "It was less expensive, the cost was a lot lower so I could save for my future education in a university, and I really wasn't quite ready to move away. I think I still needed the support system my family has provided for all these years." Ash admits that being able to study with Dr, Huffman and Ruth Woodcock were advantages she hadn't recognized until she enrolled. "I take all my necessary core classes, too," Ash said, "but I am definitely closest to Dr. Huffman and Ruth Woodcock. They represent the study I am most devoted to." Ash doesn't have time for much activity outside work and college, but she admits to enjoying listening to classical music and watching classic movies ("They have such great old music in them!") when time permits.

Josh Miller, Justine White, and Molly Yoder

High school trio earn STEM honors

They're among the top students coming out of the region's high schools; they’re a trio that are likely to leave an impressive body of work throughout their careers. And now, thanks to Centralia College and the Centralia College Foundation, Josh Miller, Molly Yoder, and Justine White will get a strong nudge toward their educational goals.

The STEM Scholarship
The trio of scholastic high achievers are the first batch to receive the foundation's high value STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) scholarships. For their first and second (if attending) years at Centralia College, these scholarships will pay full tuition and $1,000 per year for books. The scholarships will also pay $1,000 toward tuition each year for a third and fourth year at a baccalaureate institution. It is the most comprehensive scholarship the foundation awards. The scholarship is based on academic achievement, educational goals in a STEM field, and the recommendation from high school teachers and administrators. The students are either straight A or near that mark throughout their schooling careers. Each student has also been involved in community services and high school activities. "It will be a pleasure to welcome this trio of outstanding and focused students," said Dr. Jim Walton, college president. "They represent the highest ideals of STEM scholarship."

Josh MillerJosh Miller, STEM Scholarship recipient
"This scholarship is very important," said Josh Miller, a W.F. West senior. "I wasn't sure I was going to get it but it made the difference in my coming to Centralia College. It’s what I want to do.” His second choice was the University of Washington. Continuing his studies in engineering will allow Josh to live at home. He isn’t sure he is ready to move off to a big city just yet. "I’ve always enjoyed physics, and my teachers have all encouraged me. That has been very helpful," he said.

When Josh received the scholarship during the Science Center open house in mid-April, it was his first look at the building where he will be spending a lot of his time. "I didn't realize it is as big as it is," he said. "It's going to be great. This is a really impressive building." And he was already impressed with the college. "I know it's a great school, I've heard it's ranked among the highest in the state and I'm glad I'm coming," said Josh.

Molly YoderMolly Yoder, STEM Scholarship recipient
Molly Yoder a second-year Running Start student who attends both Centralia College and Tenino High School agrees. "(The scholarship) is a financial blessing," she said. "It means I can go in a direction I want in terms of my college studies. Without it I probably would have stayed only with my math studies and not considered engineering. Now I will." Molly isn't sure what her career goal is right now but plans to transfer to Western Washington University after she earns an Associate in Science degree in another year. "I know I'm going into science. It's something that is essential and we all use it in some form every day." She said one of her life's goals is to use her skills to help people.

Molly already knows about the quality of the college teaching staff and the new Science Center. "I've heard great things about the college and I'm very impressed with the math and science programs," she said. The labs and study spaces are highlights, so far, for Molly and her two STEM counterparts, but the best is yet to come.

Justine WhiteJustine White, STEM Scholarship recipient
Justine White, currently attending W.F. West, sees the STEM scholarship as a big honor. "It's a recognition that I appreciate very much," she said. "Having a scholarship like this will make it easier when I transfer to a four-year school," she said. Justine would have come to Centralia College without the scholarship—she likes the fact that the college is close to home and family—but the full-ride award sealed the deal. "I plan to go into the medical field but I'm not sure about anything specific," she said. She's looking forward to taking classes in the college's new Science Center and learning from the professors who will prepare her for a bright future. Right now Justine enjoys playing tennis and hanging out with her friends. Next fall her studies may get a more serious but at least she won't have to worry about paying the tuition bill.

Student Profiles

Jordan Knittle

Jordan Knittle

This might read like one student's success story but it's also a story about a mom's success and the role of Centralia College in the family's travel through life. Jeanna Knittle, the mom, is a 1996 graduate of Centralia College. As a young mother she found her way from Kotzebue, Alaska, to Centralia College in search of the education that would provide the foundation for continued education and a chance to establish a new life.

During her time as a student, Jeanna, who earned tuition support as a student-worker, brought her 7-year old daughter Jordan to a Bring-your-daughter-to-work Day celebration at the college. A photographer took her picture to commemorate the event. After more than a dozen years Jordan still treasures that photo. Jeanna spent two years here and armed with her associate's degree took her family on to The Evergreen State College. There she earned her bachelor's degree and has a rewarding job working in Seattle for an agency providing social care for the elderly. Also since then, the daughter has grown and, as her mom, has turned to Centralia College for an educational foundation. This is Jordan Knittle, now 19, who has the dream of working as a children's librarian. Like her mom, she knows that education is essential in opening doors of opportunity.

Starting college has also helped Jordan realize that it will take effort to realize her dreams. As she works through her first year, she's getting used to setting goals and knowing what it takes to reach them. "Now I know what I really, really want. I'll likely need a master's degree along the way but working with young children and in a library setting are things I really like. This is what I want to do," she said. "And Centralia College is a small, friendly place that is comfortable." She's following in her mom's footprints, and that's okay considering her mom, who is her best friend, found success here.

"One of the reasons I'm here is because Centralia College is familiar," she said. It worked for her mom and now it's working for her. "There are a lot of memories of Centralia and my mom had a good experience at this college," said Jordan. One of those memories for Jeanna is the way the counseling staff helped her through some of the classes she had trouble with; she passed that tidbit of information on to her daughter. "Like my mom, I'm not very good at math," said Jordan. But Jordan, just as her mom, has access to tutors who have been working with her to open the mysteries of math. "And it's helping. My high school teacher would lecture for an hour and it was hard to get any individual attention," she said. "Here I work with a tutor who really knows algebra and is good at helping me learn. There is time for one-on-one help. The support is much more personal."

It's the personal touch that makes a tremendous difference for so many. It's available at Centralia College and it's free. That support, a small college comfort zone, will be important over the coming two years while Jordan works toward her degree. And like her mom, the genetic drive to succeed will play a big role in reaching her goals.

David Mauel

Lt. David Mauel

When David Mauel left high school in Chehalis to come to Centralia College, he was admittedly unfocused on his future, but had a great incentive to succeed. "A high school counselor told me I 'just wasn't college material,' he recalled. "I don't know if he was using reverse psychology on me or just underestimated my stubbornness," Mauel laughed. "Whatever it was, it worked; I spent four years at Centralia College, building credits I would need for a college degree."

Mauel grudgingly admits he might not have done so well except for the mentorship and encouragement of two faculty members in particular. "I really loved music," he explained, "and Dr. Donna Huffman recognized that spark in me. For all the time I was here," Mauel continued, "Dr. Huffman was overwhelmingly on my side. It would have been a lot harder road to follow without her support." He paused for a moment. "And then Dr. Greg van Alstyne spent a lot of time encouraging me when I struggled with some academic subjects. Between them, they proved my old high school counselors wrong," Mauel added with a quick grin.

Mauel also entered the Centralia College electronics program, earning high grades and solid skills. He quickly credited the electronics program faculty for continuing to support his electronics degree studies. That phase of his education would have a profound effect on his later career. After leaving Centralia College, Mauel entered the ROTC program at WSU and upon graduation was commissioned into the US Navy. His electronic background got him appointed Electronics Officer on the troop vessel USS Trenton, where he and his shipmates rescued US and other refugees from Lebanon, delivering them to the safety of Cypress.

David Mauel's next assignment, and one of the most exciting imaginable, was as Damage Control Officer on the USS Mason, a modern missile-equipped warship. The crew's mission was Maritime Intervention; the young officer was now chasing pirates off the coast of Somalia! One of the targets he and the Mason's crew rescued from modern piracy was a huge cargo ship filled with tanks, missiles, and other implements of war.

Details of the anti-piracy skirmishes are still classified but it was clearly the stuff of warriors's dreams and statesmen's nightmares! As he recounted his military successes and encounters, Mauel continually recalled the important part Centralia College played in preparing him for such a challenging and important career. "My most lasting image of Centralia College," he confided, "is of a truly incredible faculty that stays here because the professors and teachers want to make a real difference in people's lives."

Lt. Mauel is now a surface warfare officer, a job he believes to be the backbone of American naval effectiveness. These are the "warriors of the sea" that actually guide the ships and command the crews in the most demanding of world situations. One cannot help but be impressed with the character of a young man deemed "not college material," who was determined to learn everything he could—and use that knowledge to reach for the loftiest of ideals.

Valerie Vaughn

Valerie Vaughn

In the strictest of terms, Valerie Vaughn is classified as a "returning student," although she admits it's been a long time. But her reason for returning to college was pretty ordinary; a couple of life's unexpected twists were something quite else again. "I had a job I really enjoyed," Vaughn explained, "but when the recession suddenly hit, I was one of those people who got 'downsized.' It seemed like a good time to spend some time and energy getting better prepared to land and keep a job."

In fact, college had always evaded Vaughn. Either finances were too short, a job wouldn't spare her the time, or personal circumstances got in the way. "Besides, I didn't think I could do very well in college," Vaughn admitted. "But I qualified for Workforce training and found I had other options as well, so I enrolled." A week later Vaughn had packed all her belongings in her car and was on the verge of a trip to California, but, as she said, "I recovered my senses in time and came back to class." As the quarters passed, Vaughn got a student worker assignment in the Students with Disability office, settled into her studies, and gained a cautiously optimistic outlook. "The big problem," she recalled, "was a lack of ability to pull up learned information, especially in math, but I eventually had to recognize I had a problem to deal with."

Working with staff and other students in the disability group, Vaughn discovered that her difficulty with recall was the result of a childhood injury; subsequent medical evaluations confirmed the fact. "When I went to work for Barbara Oswald, I wasn't expecting to come face-to-face with my own disability," Vaughn said, "but I did. It wasn't easy, but that realization began to make sense of other events that had taken place in my life." With at least part of the problem addressed, Vaughn began to look at the people and things about her differently. "I came to recognize that there are others that share my level of disability, but seem unwilling to actually deal with it. Having been there, I know how easy that is to do."

Vaughn is now in a marketing program where she sees, especially with a history in broadcast media, areas that will need new ideas and new approaches. "In areas such as marketing to the growing elderly population," she said, "we need to find a new approach to social marketing and market engineering." She clearly sees promise in the new career field. "Still, I can't see myself leaving broadcasting," Vaughn admits. "There will be new challenges to adequately support the groups not being heard, and broadcasting seems a good connection with them." Centralia College, according to Vaughn, has helped her recognize the factors she needs to deal with. The experience—even with a few wrinkles along the pathway—has given her the chance to start focusing on her future.

Winter 2009 Honor Roll

The following full-time students earned a 4.0 gpa during winter quarter 2009 and completed a minimum of 12 college credits:
Adna: Devon J Kuhlmann. Centralia: Young Hwan Kim, Drew C Kirker, Jeffrey M Lowdermilk, Bonnie J McLeod, Zachariah J Morgan, Louis J Redmon, Freddy Sevilla, Nicholas J Vanderveldt, Andrew B Wallace and Cecil (Scott) R Taylor. Chehalis: Geah B Betts, Andrew T Bradley, Randy Durrant, Kenton E Guenther, Anna C Mano, Mike A Partee, Jing Wang Su. Lacey: Kevin M Arras. Federal Way: Hyunju Han. Hoquiam: William E Brookreson. Morton: Mikhael A Tran and Jodi R Weber. Mossyrock: Scott A Rogers. Napavine: Austin Jenson. Oakville: John E Heller and Brent W Michaud. Randle: Evan Jd Hedlund. Rochester: Jacob L Ames, April M Gerdts, Jessica M Miller, Allicia M Peterson, and Nicholas P Wyatt. Shelton: Rodney D Tennison. Spokane: Mark L Tonhofer. Toledo: Donald R Vickaryous.

The following students earned at least a 3.74 gpa during winter quarter 2009 and completed a minimum of 12 credits:
Adna: Kari L Andersen. Centralia: Lynne E Allen, Raymon E Bell, Heather A Burns, Scott M Carreras, Wai-Man Choi, Jason Cowin, Darin Deehr, Brianna L Dykman, Martha A Elliott, Bo Jack Galloway, Kimberly N Hall, Harley E Heywood, Jessica J Hoel, Joshua J Josephs, Heather D Kolowinski, Kylee L Layman, Aishan Lei, Pan Li, Masanori Maeda, Ashton N McKenzie, Kila M Messick, Melissa S Mills, Raymond L Morgan, Debra A Muller, George A Nielsen, Jordan K Norris, Kandace K Olney, Hillary R Peters, Jeremy L Phillipi, Christopher K Pluard, Janice G Sathre, Anjin Song, David E Steinbrenner, Lori L Taylor, Tessie R Taylor, Bill A Wallace, Mona M Werner, Sarah E White, Yui Yoneguchi, and Jazmin Zaldivar-Parra. Chehalis: Allen R Anderson, Gerald Arevalo, Kari Arness, Daniel C Bryant, Zach J Burkhart, Andrew J Cole, Kevin D Coleman, Andrew S Conway, Dayken T Emrich, Lexi Anna Garrity, Carol K Halverson, Jamie A Harris, Cody C Hawthorne, Kayla M Hitchcock, Susan B James, Linda L Johnson, Golnaz Koloushani, Gabriel D Lawrence, Joseph A Lipczynski, Raeann C Lobaugh, Clayton J McConnell, Dale J Morrison, Nina C Nishiyama, Nissa M Nishiyama, Dustin E Palermo, Brandon P Pavey, Dylan J Pawlak, Tyson L Schmitt, Shelbi L Simmons, Devin C Sorensen, Ling Sparks, Victoria R Stewart, Jing Xiang Su, Dolores C Treichler, and Brandon L Withey. Cinebar: Breanne M Rhodes. Doty: Derek J Muir Ethel: Jon D Cramer. Hoquiam: Kathryn M Callahan. Morton: Jesse M Barker, Roxanne L Neitzel, and Cheyenne M Tomlinson Mossyrock: Jessica R Crow, Sara J Fike, John M Lenz, and Qingyu Ming. Napavine: Kathleen Kaut. Oakville: Jennifer M Wall and Casey A Wells Olympia: Debbie P Breon, Patrick E Holden, Cheyne S Lee, Rebekah M Richardson, and Stephanie R Spriggs. Onalaska: Chelsey K Buffington, Annette R Erickson, Austin G Hunt, Randall Paquette, Jessica D Remer, and Peter J Wilson. Randle: Douglas L Findley and Alexandria Goodrich Rochester: Nancy K Childers, Morgan M Glabe, Brandon G Hicks, Jacob J Johnson, Jair J Juarez, Kasey D Kenyon, Kali L Nachatilo, and Keith R Ponis. Shelton: Rachael R Stevens. Silver Creek: Ashley Lobb. Toledo: Robert A Espen, Allison M Freerks, Devin E Hoyt, Jason M King, Hilary G Luhn, Olan A Oberg, Eleah P Reece, and Tad W Roeder. Tumwater: Tenile L Murphy. University Place: Seth Gregorich. Winlock: Rachel A Buckle, Cheyenne B Clark, Sarah L Hylton, and Amelia Tobiason. Yelm: Samuel E Riggs.

Gabriel Lawrence

South county student named to All-Washington team

Centralia College is sending just one representative to the All-Washington and All-USA academic competition, but based on academics and enthusiasm, that may be enough. Gabriel Lawrence, who lives in the Chehalis-Napavine area, has returned to Centralia College after being a Running Start student here and completing a vocational program in Aviation Maintenance at Clover Park Technical College.

"I was home-schooled," he explained. "I did attend Northwest Academy in Winlock, and came to Centralia College from there." Gabe Lawrence finished his one year of Running Start and transferred immediately to Clover Park for the Aircraft Maintenance Tech program, which he completed two years later. "I am very interested in general aviation," Lawrence said. "I got my pilot certification as soon as I was eligible, and worked part-time at a propeller repair station while I was at Clover Park." Lawrence decided he wanted an engineering career, although he's not yet certain what discipline he will follow. In any case, he re-enrolled at Centralia College and will soon transfer to WSU at Pullman for his degree studies.

"I'm working part-time at the Chehalis Airport," Lawrence added, "for an engine and airframe maintenance firm. I'm still pretty enthusiastic about flying," he added with a smile. Already accepted at WSU on the strength of his high grades and strong recommendations by faculty and employers, Lawrence will be enrolled in Pullman for the fall 2009 term. After two stints at Centralia College, Lawrence has become one of the campus's biggest boosters. "Centralia (College) has a unique 'hometown' college character," he explained. "The faculty is especially caring and concerned for every student, and they've really helped me grow. Because of that really personal one-on-one experience and the fine teaching I got, I'm confident of my success at Washington State and as a mechanical engineer in the future."

Janice Sathre

Janice Sathre

Janice Sathre is a second-year Centralia College student working toward a career in accounting. She has been a stay-at-home mom whose kids are now old enough that she felt it time to make a greater contribution to the family income. "I am still only looking for a part-time position in the long term," Sathre explained. "Until the kids are grown and on their own I want to spend as much time with them as I can." She paused a moment. "Of course, a couple with two kids can always use a little extra money," she laughed.

Sathre was born and raised in rural Nevada but had a lot of family in the southwest Washington area. After high school she moved to the Longview area, got married, and started the family. The family recently moved to Centralia to reduce the commuter burden her husband faced on a daily drive to Olympia. She knew of Centralia College and following the move felt this was the ideal time to enroll. "As a returning older student, I was kind of afraid I'd lost my math skills," Sathre confessed, "but the faculty in accounting helped me overcome that fear—and I did really well." She had taken a prep "refresher" math course before beginning her AA studies and complimented the adult education faculty for their patience and hard work.

Sathre had chosen Centralia College because it was close to her home, the low tuition costs could be found in the family budget, and her counselors worked closely to get what she needed. "I was able to adjust my class schedules around an active life at home with grade-school aged youngsters," she added. "Centralia College turned out to be a great choice for me."

This year Sathre was awarded a Pacific Cataract Institute scholarship that will help enormously. "Last year, 100-percent of my college costs were out-of-pocket for us," Sathre noted. "The scholarship pays my tuition this year and most of my other college costs. For a working family with kids, it's really a blessing." Low tuition is great financial aid. Sathre divides her scant free time between serious running—she's an accomplished marathoner—and taking the kids on hikes or walks along the river. "Of course," she added with a big smile, "dinner and a movie with my husband is also a big treat!"

Fall 2008 Honor Roll

The following Centralia College full-time students earned a 4.0 grade point average during fall quarter 2008. The students listed completed a minimum of 12 college credits. Adna: Kari L Andersen. Castlerock: Robin L Brown. Centralia: Jeff Branam, Tina R Bretz, Teri J Christy, Carolyn M Davis, Darin Deehr, Bo Jack Galloway, Jessica J Hoel, Michele R Karger, Donald M Keene, Donald R Koher, Heather D Kolowinski, Larry Kona, Bonnie J McLeod, Raymond L Morgan, Tina Nebroskie, Anjin Song, Andrea L Waddell, Sarah E White, Everett Wilson, and Kenta Yamaguchi. Chehalis: William R Bowlin, Andrew T Bradley, Colton L Charlton, Andrew S Conway, Brian W Ford, Kenton E Guenther, Suzie Harris, Susan B James, Gabriel D Lawrence, Anna C Mano, and Nina C Nishiyama. Lacey: Kevin M Arras. Mossyrock: Michele L Aust and Scott A Rogers. Napavine: Austin Jenson. Oakville: Brent Michaud. Onalaska: Jessica Remer. PeEll: Jacob Baggentos and Kristen McDonald. Rainier: Spencer Nelson. Randle: Evan Hedlund. Rochester: Jacob Ames and Loretta M Arth. Toledo: Kellie J Hedgers. Winlock: Bryan M Strozyk, and Henry Thornton.

The following students earned at least a 3.74 gpa during fall quarter 2008 and completed a minimum of 12 credits. Adna: Devon Kuhlmann. Bucoda: Cory Waterman. Castlerock: Cory L Madsen. Centralia: Lynne E Allen, Kimberly E Baumel, Heather A Burns, Anthony P Carriere, Sailas Chimukho, Melanie M Clauson, Sandeep Dhanuk, Edward W Hammond, Hyunju, Han, Sydney K Heath, Ho Nam Hui, Lindsey K Johnson, Kimberly D Jorgenson, Joshua J Josephs, Shannon C Kimble, Nereida G McCall, Karisa L McCoy, Mike J McKee, Monica M Mendez, Sarah Merryman, Scott A Miller, Milo R Mullins, George A Nielsen, Jordan K Norris, Hillary R Peters, Jeremy L Phillipi, Jordan T Pierce, Louis J Redmon, Janice G Sathre, John S Spiegelberg, Tiffany A Stodola, Lisa G Taylor, Terry L Threatt, Shun Wa Tse, Andrew B Wallace, and Kei Yoneguchi. Chehalis: Allen R Anderson, Mirella B Bradley, Zach J Burkhart, Ashley S Carlson, Emily S Carrington, Andrew J Cole, Ashley K Date, Shelan J Davis, Randy Durrant, Megan L Filer, Chelsie Griffith, Carol K Halverson, Cody C Hawthorne, Alison L Karch, Golnaz Koloushani, Joseph A Lipczynski, Raeann C Lobaugh, Shana L Macomber, Courtney A May, Shannon E Monroe, Dale J Morrison, Kara D Naillon, Dustin E Palermo, Brandon P Pavey, Tyson L Schmitt, Alexander B Schulte, Leah A Simons, Chuck Smith, Darlene M Stephens, Victoria R Stewart, Jing Wang Su, Jing Xiang Su, Dorothy L Trotter, and Valerie J Vaughn. Cinebar: Jason Bren. Curtis: Kimberly R Steidel. Doty: Derek J Muir. Elbe: Nicole A Trott. Ethel: Jon Cramer. Glenoma: Deanne L Riffe. Lacey: Clarence Garraway. Long Island, NY: Manju Hirachan. Morton: Jesse M Barker, Shannon A Gray, Lynda J Nanney, Fiona L Thornton, Mikhael A Tran, and Jodi R Weber. Mossyrock: Jessica R Crow, Maria Hernandez, John M Lenz, and Qingyu Ming. Napavine: Sherrill L Abbott, Patricia L Huck, Kimber A Hunt, Kathleen Kaut, and Theresa M Stanfield. Oakville: John Heller, Sasha R Penn-Roco, and Joseph T Williams. Olympia: Debbie P Breon, Josh R Grenier, Patrick E Holden, Cheyne S Lee, Kassandra Mortenson, James R O'Neil, Rebekah M Richardson, Stephanie R Spriggs, and Aaron R Turcotte. Onalaska: Annette R Erickson, Norah Hansen. Packwood: Richard Greenwood. Pe Ell: Amy McDonald. Randle: Susan Magnuson. Raymond: Erin N Heffermen. Rochester: Arielle Allard, Nancy K Childers, Devin R Dowell, Brandon G Hicks, Pianjo D Huriavi, Jacob J Johnson, Jair J Juarez, Kasey D Kenyon, Ayla D Lewis, V Kathleen McSorley, Kali LNachatilo, Nicole L Talotta, and Nicholas P Wyatt. Shelton: Tamara L Cowles and Rodney D Tennison. Silvercreek: Ashley Lobb. Tenino: Jenelle L Sampson. Toledo: Steve D Buckner, Devin E Hoyt, Eleah P Reece, and Tad W Roeder. University Place: Seth Gregorich. Vancouver: Jeff M Hayden. Winlock: Clayton P Cline, Stephanie D Hollenbeck, Sarah Hylton, Timothy E Lydic, and Victor H Ramirez.

2007-2008

Spring 2008 Student Employees of the Quarter

The Student Job Center has announced two "Student Employees of the Quarter" for Spring 2008:

Lindsey HoogkamerLindsey Hoogkamer has been selected as the on-campus student employee for spring quarter. Lindsey began her employment at Centralia College as the Student Activities Admissions Team (SAAT) Entertainment Coordinator for the Student Programs Office in August 2007. Her primary responsibilities involved coordinating activities such as musical and comedy performances, but she was involved with many others, such as lectures, family and recreation programs, etc. Heidi Dearborn, Lindsey's supervisor, says, "Lindsey was willing to put in work for any SAAT­related function. There are not enough positive characteristics out there to fully describe the work ethic and dedication that Lindsey brought to her position on SAAT. She consistently went above and beyond what was expected of her to make sure that students and staff at Centralia College enjoy fun and educational activities on campus. Lindsey worked with performers and their agents to assure successful events, while conducting herself in a professional manner, and she never let stress get the best of her. She was reliable, willing to take on new challenges, and always approached her work with a positive attitude. Lindsey did all of this while succeeding in the classroom, and ultimately, she was one of Centralia College's graduates this spring quarter 2008." Heidi summed it up by saying, "Lindsey has been a wonderful asset to our team and I feel honored to have worked with her this year."

Kay PerezKay Perez has been selected as the off-campus student employee for spring quarter. Kay was hired as an Office Assistant and began working for the City of Chehalis Parks and Recreation Division in mid-December 2007. Her duties include providing entry level support functions, including greeting customers, answering routine and emergency questions, making referrals to staff, processing registrations, reservations/rentals and receipt monies. She also performs data entry and word processing, and files correspondence, records and other materials. Kay's supervisors, Robert Nacht, Lilly Wall, Tracey Cox, and Tracey Paddock submitted the following nomination: "Those of us at the City of Chehalis, Parks & Recreation Division would like to nominate Kay Perez. Kay continues to be a pleasure to work with. She has excellent attention to detail and consistently goes out of her way to assist our division as well as other divisions within our department. Kay is dependable, professional, courteous, and has a willingness to learn whatever we direct her way. We can't express how much we enjoy having Kay as a part of our team and how we appreciate her on-the-job efficiency as well as her wit and good humor. We hope you will consider Kay for this honor, as we truly feel she deserves the recognition."

Winter 2008 Student Employees of the Quarter

The Student Job Center has announced two "Student Employees of the Quarter" for Winter 2008:

Brittany Buchholz Brittany Buchholz has been awarded the "On-Campus Student Employee of the Quarter" for Winter 2008. There was overwhelming response from those who work with Brittany in support of her nomination. She is a Running Start student and began working as a lab aide in the Science/Biology Department during Fall of 2006. She performs a variety of lab tasks including preparing solutions and microbiological media, setting up lab exercises and gathering biological inventory of chemicals, slides and supplies. Brittany uses various equipment including the autoclave, microscopes and temperature control equipment. Her future plan is to attend The Evergreen State College and major in Animal Behavior. Capable, courteous, cooperative, cheerful, easygoing, conscientious, learns quickly, comes in on time, willing to learn new tasks, always has a positive outlook, helpful attitude, always goes the extra mile. These are the many traits that Suzanne Hostetter, Brittany's supervisor, recognizes in Brittany. Suzanne shared, "Whether Brittany is calculating gram weights or preparing enzyme solutions, she is able to apply that knowledge. I can count on her to come in on time and dressed for lab work. She is careful to follow the safety rules and has always been willing to change her work hours to be here when needed, whether to help an adjunct set out materials or to water the greenhouse."

Ryan StygerRyan Styger has been awarded the "Off-Campus Student Employee of the Quarter" for Winter 2008. Ryan began his employment as a State Work Study student employee with Vacation Structures in Centralia during Fall of 2007. He is currently taking civil engineering courses at Centralia College and then plans to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a degree in construction management. His duties at his job include design, drafting and detailing of wood frame construction, construction progress recording and production coordination. Ryan's supervisor, Gil Griffes, shared, "Ryan is an all-around great employee who devotes his full attention to the job at hand. He is willing to apply himself to new tasks and to learning new skills and has achieved competence in several areas in a very short time. I have had the pleasure of training Ryan in computer drafting. He very quickly achieved productivity in this and continues his development of drafting and design skills. Ryan also relates very well with other employees of all ages and helps greatly with the coordination of production in our factory." Griffes added, "Ryan has made me eager to accept other participants in the work study program."

All-Washington Teamer, high school valedictorian has high praise for Centralia College

Lindsey HoogkamerOne of Centralia College's two students named to the All-Washington Academic team credits the college's counseling staff for helping her set her career goals. Lindsey Hoogkamer is a local product who entered Centralia College directly from high school without concrete plans but soon found her educational and career niche. She brings solid academic skills and enthusiasm to her efforts which helped her earn All-Washington status. She is also nominated for national recognition on the All-USA Today Academic Team.

The All-Washington recognition ceremony takes place March 20, beginning at noon, at South Puget Sound Community College. Visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa/ for further information on the event.

Hoogkamer is a lifelong Winlock resident, who completed high school as a Cardinal, was class valedictorian in 2006, and continued a family tradition of attending Centralia College. "Both my parents graduated from Centralia College," she smiled, "and so did my brother and sister before they got degrees at four-year colleges." Hoogkamer was undecided about her future academic goals when she arrived, but felt leanings toward psychology and social sciences. Her positive experience with the counseling corps at Centralia College confirmed her decision.

"I really came here without any concrete future plans," she confided, "but the counselors here helped me learn about my options and helped me chart a path that I am enthusiastic about." Hoogkamer hopes to enter a career in counseling to help other students make positive life decisions. "My choice of Centralia College for my first two years was easy," she said. "From my family I already knew it had a top academic reputation, the faculty was simply great, and I would save a lot of money for my degree studies in the future." Hoogkamer plans to transfer to Western Washington University at Bellingham for her baccalaureate studies.

Writer-in-waiting joins All-Washington Team

Joseph RobinsonOne of the two All-Washington Academic Team members from Centralia College is Joseph Robinson, a native of Monck's Corner, South Carolina, a small town in the Charleston metro area. During a period of hard times in the deep south, Robinson dropped out of school and eventually earned his GED. He is one of two to be honored as Centralia College representatives on the All-Washington team and is nominated for the national All-USA Today Academic Team. He, and representatives from 33 other two-year colleges, will be honored March 20 during ceremonies at South Puget Sound Community College, beginning at noon.

In 2003 he came to the Pacific Northwest to visit his dad, and decided to stay. "I got a job as a cowboy on a small ranch, but that really didn't work for me," Robinson grinned. Before long he had found his way to the Lewis County area at the time he realized he would need college training to achieve even his most modest goals. "I started in a technical program," he explained. "I am taking Marketing Management because I felt that would be a good degree to have from an employment perspective."

Robinson confessed that college was rather overwhelming after being away for a while, but he credited the Centralia College faculty with helping him adapt and prosper in an educational setting. "I guess I had to develop an appreciation for college," he reflected. When finished here he will transfer to The Evergreen State College. Politically active, Robinson has determined to become a writer. "It's an important part of democracy," he maintains. "I would like to be good enough to write about whatever field I find myself working in, and be able to support what I think are good ideas through my writing." In the long term, Robinson hopes to enjoy the stability of a family, and to look back on a lifetime body of work he would consider meaningful.

STEM student Sean Wylam succeeds at Centralia College, UW

Sean WylamSean Wylam now has the kind of job he has long-dreamed about: he's turning his training into a career in computer technology and is writing code for a software company. While many may dream of writing code for games, Wylam is working for, TransCore, a company on the cutting edge of transportation technology. "It's a strong field with a tremendous amount of opportunity," he said. "Transportation is critical to so many aspects of our lives." He added that so much of the society in which we live is in some way tied to computers. The company he works for is developing programs to make areas of transportation more efficient. [Note: Wylam is considered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) student. The state is placing an emphasis on STEM students to help fill voids in the number of graduates in these areas.]

Wylam, a Centralia College Running Start student who earned his Associate in Science degree and his high school diploma in 2004, received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington in 2007. He has a minor in Spanish. He is quick to compliment Centralia College for the quality education he received here and the faculty who made a lasting impression on him. "I can look back my education at Centralia College and compare the experiences at both schools. The classes and the teachers at Centralia College were every bit as good as my professors at the UW," said Wylam. "I enjoyed the classes, the teachers, and the social life at Centralia College. Because of my experience and the education I received, I was prepared when I went to the University of Washington. It was a smooth transition."

One of the positives that moved Wylam through the educational system more quickly was the fact that he was able to seamlessly transfer his credits from Centralia College. He wanted to attend the UW because of the quality reputation of its electrical engineering department and taking the first two years while living at home saved a lot of money on living expenses and tuition costs. Through Running Start, he paid no tuition.

Wylam said he considered himself shy while in Centralia High School. "Coming to Centralia College helped open me up a little. I was able to talk to classmates and teachers made it easier to connect. My college experience began on a very positive note." Wylam, while attending Centralia College, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the college's honor society.

He appreciates the quality of his time at Centralia College for other reasons as well. "The experiences here were different, much more personal. I really liked the smaller classes because I could ask questions and communicate with other students. I learn better in a small class environment," said Wylam. And the Spanish? "It is more of a personal thing for me." It probably isn't tied too closely to his major but then who knows, with his skills he may open up a whole new world for transportation engineering.

Ashley Dougherty

Ashley DoughertyAlthough she only received her high school diploma a year ago, Ashley Dougherty of Onalaska is already in her third year of college and has her sights set on a career in business and marketing. A native of Mesa, Arizona, Dougherty moved to Lewis County while an eighth-grader. She's always been home schooled, but did participate in band and choir at Onalaska High School. Dougherty came to Centralia College as a "Running Start" program student. She earned her diploma and her Associate in Arts degree simultaneously last year.

While she was eligible to transfer to a four-year university last fall, Dougherty opted to come back to Centralia College for at least another year. "I wanted to get all the basic business and marketing classes I could before I transfer," she explained. "I get an excellent education here at a fraction of the cost. With this background," Dougherty continued, "I can probably get an MBA at a university for the same cost and effort as a bachelor's would take if I had transferred earlier."

That's the kind of thinking that has helped Dougherty excel in her studies and earned her a scholarship for her third year at Centralia College. She's already thinking about her options when she graduates with a full degree. "My most likely first venture would be my own business," she explained. "Right now, I think it might be a smaller coffee shop or something while I gain practical experience and try a few ideas I have." Dougherty acknowledges her choices could change as her studies continue. "Right now I work part-time at Staples," she said. "That is giving me a lot of really practical experience now, and I get to meet a lot of people like me, but who've already started their own businesses and are succeeding."

Dougherty considers her extended work at Centralia College a personal asset. "It's been awesome for me," she smiled. "Several friends came here when I did, and my circle of friends at Centralia College has grown. I put in a lot of hard work during the past couple of years here, but when I look back, that isn't what I remember. I remember the fun, the learning, and the opportunity." In her limited spare time, Dougherty enjoys photography, hiking, Onalaska Young Life, and anything outdoors.

Adrienne Tennison

Adrienne TennisonA Centralia College energy technology student has landed her "dream job" in the energy industry, even before finishing her course requirements. That's not particularly remarkable in itself--many Centralia College programs are able to place their students in good jobs by or before graduation. The fascinating story in this case is how Adrienne Tennison, a returning student who left a solid career to explore energy technology, arrived at this milestone moment.

Tennison, a Tenino resident, earned a degree in industrial design several years ago, but found that her graphic design and engineering job just didn't satisfy her needs; she was always working outside her personal comfort zone. Tennison wanted visual and physical contact with the practical side of her career and she wasn't getting it at the investment firm where she worked. While researching new career options, Tennison discovered the burgeoning field of energy production, transmission, and distribution: the modern energy industry. "It was exactly what my visual, hands-on sort of character needed," she explained. "I've always liked a practical, visual approach that also allowed me to do some of the physical tasks that make work rewarding for me."

After contacting most of the leading energy firms and agencies in the northwest, Tennison was repeatedly advised to contact the Center of Excellence for Energy Technology at Centralia College. She did, and found just the right balance of ideology and hands-on opportunity she was seeking. Tennison took to the program like a duck to water. This spring she will begin her energy career as a substation operator apprentice at the Bonneville Power Administration's Olympia substation in Tumwater. "It simply couldn't have worked out better," Tennison reported with her characteristic enthusiasm. "I will be working near enough to my home to commute, have a hand in operating one of the most important power delivery stations in the northwest, and I'll be doing the kind of practical work I enjoy most."

Energy industry workers are among the best paid in the U.S. economy, and when Tennison completes her apprenticeship she estimated she would be compensated in the $70,000 per year bracket as a journeyman station operator. "It sure beats the little gray cubicle at the investment firm I used to work for," she laughed. Clearly, Tennison is very happy with the hands-on career outcome she's found through the Centralia College Energy Tech program.

Laura Scharber

Laura ScharberSome of the best and brightest students who come to Centralia College make extraordinary career choices early in their academic experience. A great many are able to reach their academic goals, however lofty. One such promising and ambitious young person is Laura Scharber, a second year student firmly focused on a future in the U.S. State Department, preferably in the Foreign Service.

Scharber was born in Olympia and home schooled until she entered Academy Northwest in Winlock for high school. "I enjoyed the Academy experience immensely," she said. "It allowed me more time to study in my areas of greatest interest while still fulfilling my academic needs." Her immediate goals are to major in political science and to study foreign languages. She is currently studying French and Hebrew. "I hope to get a chance to study Hebrew in a synagogue or other Jewish school," she explained. "I would really like to work in a state department job in Israel."

Scharber was the first generation of her family born outside the New York City environment of her family ancestry. "In the neighborhoods where my parents and grandparents grew up," Scharber said, "there were Italians, other Europeans, and Jewish families on the same block, and marriage between the cultures was really rather common. As a result, families might adopt the ethnic practice of one side, but not reject the religious or cultural beliefs of the other." She paused a moment. "That's sort of where I am," she laughed. "I grew up in a Christian home but still have a deep desire to understand my Jewish heritage."

Sharber came to Centralia College for the two primary reasons most students choose it. It is convenient to the family home and offers a top-class education at a fraction of the cost of resident colleges and universities elsewhere. She's certainly prepared academically for a four-year university; Scharber is one of the two Centralia College representatives on this year's All-USA, All Washington academic team. "We'd been told Centralia College was an excellent choice," Scharber said, "and I found that to be the case. I am especially happy with the consideration the students receive in class. We get a well-rounded education while we are treated with respect."

Scharber had high regard for her teachers as well. "They have the freedom to introduce material that will challenge our minds, but they manage to maintain a good balance and perspective in the classroom." For someone contemplating a career in the volatile Middle East, balance and perspective are important qualities to recognize. When she isn't pursuing her studies or career preparation, Scharber enjoys reading--especially about language and culture--or going to foreign films. It's sometimes hard to tell where academic work drops off and relaxation begins. For Laura Scharber, it really doesn't matter; she thoroughly enjoys working toward her goals.

Jody Kline

Jody KlineCentralia native Jody Kline is one of those gifted individuals who always seem to progress faster than those around her. She was home-schooled and came to Centralia College as a "Running Start" student. She'll earn her Associate's degree at an age when most of her contemporaries are just graduating from high school.

Kline also decided on her career goals when she was quite young. At the age of 12, she joined family members on a relief mission to Fiji. Her mom is a nurse, and when young Jody saw how much a nurse could do to help people in a developing country her mind was made up.

Now a second-year nursing student, Kline has since watched her mom in action in other global hotspots, and each time she joined her family for a health outreach, her decision was further reinforced. "We went to the coast of Thailand to help survivors of the huge tsunami," she explained. "The roads, towns, and most of the homes were totally destroyed, but we were still able to bring a degree of health and comfort to those who suffered." She paused as she recalled the extent of the destruction. "It looked like we imagined the area appeared centuries ago," she continued. "There was just dirt, and trees, and the ocean. But we were still able to bring a lot of relief to the people caught in that tragedy."

Perhaps the scene that finally cemented her plans for the future came when she joined her family on a church outreach mission to Senegal, one of the intense human tragedies unfolding in Africa. She learned that health care delivery, coupled with a grass-roots teaching component, could achieve long-lasting results in even the most desolate of human conditions.

Kline is planning to go to Seattle Pacific University to earn her bachelor of science in Nursing, specializing in pediatrics. "I've had these dreams and goals for a long time," Kline confided, "and this kind of humanitarian work is where I intend to focus. Centralia College has given me the tools and opportunities to grow in the direction I want, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the faculty and administration since I've been here. It's been an amazing experience for me."

Kline has sought a range of experiences in college and has succeeded with her customary enthusiasm. She is president of the Associated Students of Centralia College and a member of the college's elite All-Washington Academic Team and is a candidate for the All-USA Today Academic Team. She will be honored in March when Governor Gregoire presents team members with medallions recognizing the classroom, community, and in Kline's case, international accomplishments of these students. With such a background of focus, enthusiasm, and personal commitment, it seems that Kline will handle her future as nurse/education with similar success.

Brenda Mendez

Brenda MendezBrenda Mendez is a second-year academic transfer student from Elma. She's enthusiastic about the opportunities she's received at Centralia College and is a tireless volunteer helping other Hispanic students explore their college options. "I think we need to try and reach Hispanic students earlier," she suggested. "A lot of them either want to just go out and get a job after high school, or else they want to get married and start a family. Either way," she explained, "it's hard for them to ever get back to a school environment."

Mendez was a top student at Elma High School, and her teachers continually encouraged her to enroll in college. She qualified for a scholarship at Centralia College, but confesses her choice was made when she attended the first Latino Youth Summit, also on the Centralia campus. "I really learned a lot about Centralia College at the youth summit," Mendez explained, "and everyone was so helpful while I was here. The enrollment process was student-friendly, and staff at the Youth Summit helped my transition into college with no difficulty."

She's convinced she made the best possible choice. "I knew from the start I wanted to be a teacher," Mendez smiled. "I wanted to be able to give back to the community for everything I've gotten. I'm very happy with my classes at Centralia College," she continued, "and my teachers have encouraged me to keep on pursuing a teaching career."

Mendez was a volunteer for the fourth Latino Youth Summit in October, held at St. Martin's University in Lacey. "This year there were over 350 Hispanic students at the Summit," she reported. "A lot of those will come to college because of the outreach, and I think a lot will make the decision to come to Centralia College."

True to form. Mendez was elected president of the newly formed Latinos Unidas student club on the campus, and she continues to help Hispanic students find their way to college. The new club members worked on the Youth Summit this fall, will be part of one of the International Club's popular "Cultural Café" events this winter, and in the spring will attend the annual Students of Color conference.

Mendez expects to attend WSU at Pullman to continue degree studies leading to a career in teaching, but she plans to return to the local area to work. "There's so much to do here," Mendez explained. "And I want the chance to help guide other Hispanic students to a better future. Centralia College is a great place to start!"