LAKEWOOD — Two Pierce College Fort Steilacoom students will be honored as members of the 2009 All-Washington Academic Team at noon March 26 at South Puget Sound Community College. The ceremony recognizes top scholars from community and technical colleges from all over the state with scholarship prizes.
This year, the team members representing Pierce College Fort Steilacoom are Jinshil Yi and Debra Martin.
Jinshil Yi, 21, of University Place, is working towards her associate’s degree and studying biochemistry and medical sciences. A desire to stay close to home to care for her ailing mother and two younger brothers, Jinshil, a gifted student and pianist, began taking courses at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom. While maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA, Jinshil gives her time to several campus clubs, serves as an accompanist for the college’s Concert Choir, and is a supplemental instruction leader for one of the chemistry courses. She plans to become a doctor.
Debra Martin, 31, of Graham, is also working towards her associate’s degree, studying business and psychology. A dedicated mother and full-time student, Debra still manages to find time to give back to her community and to her fellow students. She currently serves as president of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year college students, and she gives heavily of her time to the Multicultural Leadership Institute, a student organization that promotes diversity and compassion.
Both Jinshil and Debra, will receive $750 scholarships from Key Bank and the National Education Loan Association, and they are now nominated for the 2009 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will select students for the All-USA team.
For more information on the All-Washington Academic Team and the ceremony, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.