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Whatcom Community College honors students with virtual ceremonies

Post Date:06/19/2020 10:38 am

Bellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College 25th annual Honors and Awards ceremony will be celebrated online this year, 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 President’s and Laidlaw Awards—went to Mario Alem and Maria Guadalupe Hernandez, respectively.

All awardees will be recognized online, as part of the College’s virtual commencement ceremony festivities, which premiere Friday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at The commencement ceremony video will stream on the College’s Facebook page on Friday evening and be available after the ceremony on YouTube.

Special Awards

President's Award: Mario Alem

Laidlaw Award: M. Guadalupe Hernandez

Outstanding Service to Students: Raveena Kaur

International Student Service Award: Surabhi Subedi

All-Washington Academic Team: Iman Adem

All-Washington Academic Team: Surabhi Subedi

All-USA Academic Team Nominee: Iman Adem

All-USA Academic Team Nominee: Surabhi Subedi

All-USA Academic Team Nominee: Elizabeth Rodriguez

WCC Transforming Lives Nominee: Jodi Borrelli

Coalition on Adult Basic Education scholarship: Cecilia DeLeon

WCC Foundation Award 2020: Altynay Bekbossyn

WCC Foundation Award 2020: Kayla Elmore

Academic Excellence and Achievement Awards

Accounting: Megan DeVries

Anthropology: AJ Riley

Biology: Steve DeMoney

Chemistry: Jessica Blair

Communication Theory: M. Guadalupe Hernandez

Composition: Brianna Poulos

Computer Science: John-Paul Powers

Creative Writing: Morning Manzo

Criminal Justice: Victoria West

Early Childhood Education: Amy Boyson

Engineering: Inder Bhangal

English as a Second Language – Academic: Jungyoun Kim

English Language Learner: Yao Qiu

Film: Kelly Sorbel

French: Lucy Olson

Geology: Jeni Chan

Interdisciplinary Studies: Kelly Sorbel

Journalism: Apple Parry

Literature: Blayze Kiefer-VanderYacht

Mathematics: Dante Ramirez

Medical Assisting: Patrick Agnew

Medical Interpreting: Meryluz Duque

Music: Anita Shuller

Nursing: Shannon Mallick

Parent Education: Maddie Bishop

Philosophy: Jalil Potter

Physical Therapist Assistant: Aubrey Moore

Physics: Nathalie Belmore

Political Science: Kergan Devrij-Bradley

Psychology: Makenna Hickman

Public Speaking: Jodi Borrelli

Spanish: Anna Glado

Substance Use Disorder Professional: Laura McWilliams

Transitional Learning: Cecilia DeLeon

Visual Arts: Angel Samoylovich

Visual Communications: Alina Belous

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees! Photos and bios of the student honorees can be found 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. While WCC's physical campus is closed, our online services and commitment to student success continue. For more information, visit

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

Media inquiries: For photos and other media resources, please contact the Public Information Office at 360.383.3310 or Thanks for your interest!



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