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Whatcom Community College honors students at annual ceremony

Post Date:06/11/2019 12:20 pm

WCC Honors and Awards group photo

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College held its 24th annual Honors and Awards ceremony on June 6, recognizing more than 30 students for exemplary academic excellence and community service. Students were nominated throughout the year for the various awards by WCC faculty and staff. The top honors—the Laidlaw and President’s Award—went to Mason Green and Emmanuel Valencia, respectively (pictured left to right below with WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown).

Special AwardsWCC Honors and Awards Mason, Kathi, Manny

Outstanding Service to Students Awards: Mohamed Sheikh-Aden

International Service Award: Taufek Adib-Thaqif

All-USA Academic Team Nominees: Alejandra Hobi, Rukhsar Sadat, Emmanuel Valencia & Elizabeth Sugarman

All-Washington Academic Team: Alejandra Hobi and Rukhsar Sadat

Transforming Lives Award: Steve Gnyp

Laidlaw Award: Mason Green

President’s Award: Emmanuel Valencia

Academic Excellence and Achievement Awards

 Accounting: Kayla Wiest  Japanese: Mary Peters
 Anthropology: Amber Owen  Massage Therapy: Spencer Belsvik
 Biology: Benjamin Petropoulos  Mathematics: Kelland Harrison
 Chemical Dependency Professional: Lourdes V. Liera  Student Math League Award: Shahrul Kamil Hassan
 Communication Studies: Dhiyaa Ramadhan  Medical Assisting: Katreyna Garrison
 Computer Information Systems: Josephine Hollandbeck  Medical Interpreting: Nicolas Linares
 Computer Science: Anna Thomas  Music: Austin Smith
 Criminal Justice: Angela Cash  Nursing: Aaron Brandt
 Early Childhood Education: Joey Standley  Parenting Education: Rachel Bjarnason
 Engineering: Benjamin Shtunyuk  Philosophy: Ian Brewer
 English Composition: Leslie Mendez  Physical Therapist Assistant: Erin Kimber
 English Literature: Danielle Kennedy  Physics: Jared Rapp
 English as a Second Language – Academic: Ariel Susanto  Political Science: Carolyn Stewart
 English as a Second Language, Transitional Learning: Victor C. Gutierrez  Psychology: Benedict Yeoh
 Film Studies: Kenny Mendez  Sociology: Lukas Harrington
 Geography: Thi Le  Visual Arts: Elyse Lynch
 Humanities/Interdisciplinary Studies: Violet Harris  Visual Communications: Alejandra Hobi

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees! More photos from the event are available on WCC’s Facebook page at

About Whatcom: Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA is regularly recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers a bachelor of applied science degree, transfer degrees, career preparation, online courses and community education classes. WCC’s accomplished faculty and staff serve 11,000 students annually. For more information, visit

Contact: Marisa Ellis, Whatcom Community College PIO, 360.383.3310,

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