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Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Campus celebrates student achievement at 62nd Annual Honors Reception

Several hundred students, family members, and friends attended the 62nd annual
Skagit Valley College (SVC) Mount Vernon Campus Honors Reception on June 12th in McIntyre Hall.
Between the Mount Vernon and the Whidbey Island Campus ceremonies this year, over $450k in scholarships were awarded to SVC students.

SVC President Dr. Tom Keegan awarded 20 students with the President’s Medal for outstanding academic achievement. To qualify, each recipient must be a graduating sophomore, have all A’s or A- grades, and have attended SVC for at least three quarters. President’s Medals were presented to:

  • Akari Arakawa
  • Stephany Ayala Cerna
  • Brian Bononi
  • Hope Evans
  • Alec Foster
  • Jacob Goedl
  • Victoria Herron
  • Cayla Housego
  • Marcelle Jones
  • Bora Kim
  • Mark Laurance
  • Cheung Hung Kelly Li
  • Anthony Martin
  • Jennifer McCabe
  • Caitlin Miller
  • Cheri Moss
  • Amber Rettus
  • Bella Rose
  • Sherry Sennet
  • Monica Vickers

The prestigious Charles H. Lewis Memorial Award was presented to Lucy Kesterson. Lucy describes herself as a non-traditional, first-generation returning student, a widow, a mother of three, and an advocate for justice, equity, and opportunities for expression. She was involved in numerous clubs, activities, and college committees on campus. In addition, she was named to the 2019 All-Washington Academic Team, and is a Presidential Scholar. Lucy graduated alongside her daughter, Elizabeth, and will transfer to Western Washington University to complete her Human Services degree.

The other Lewis Award finalists were Rachelle Himmelman, Priya Kumar, Igor Ribeiro Dias, and Bella Rose.

The 1956 sophomore class of Skagit Valley Junior College established the annual Charles H. Lewis Memorial Award as tribute to Lewis, the first Dean of the College and a revered faculty member at SVC for 28 years.  The award is bestowed to a graduating sophomore who has been in attendance at SVC a minimum of one full school year and who best among their classmates exemplifies the qualities of Charles H. Lewis:

  1. The student must be the possessor of high ethical and moral standards.
  2. The student's consistent daily effort in fulfilling assignments and consistent attendance in class must be evidenced as indication of the ability to persevere in the attainment of a reputable scholastic standing.
  3. The student must possess those qualities of good citizenship made manifest by a willingness to help and understand others and projection in daily contacts of a warm, personal feeling toward others.
  4. The student must exhibit intellectual curiosity.
  5. The student's association with other people must demonstrate a genial regard for others.
  6. The student must possess a subtle sense of humor.

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