Two Centralia College students were honored March 23 as members of the 2017 All-Washington Academic Team. The formal ceremony was held at noon at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
Centralia College’s representatives are Joseph Lawrence and Tyler Layden. They were selected based on their academic achievement, community involvement, and service to the college.
Joseph Lawrence, 21, of Chehalis, is an engineering student with a 3.95 grade point average. He says his experience in Centralia College’s Spanish classes have been transformative. After taking classes at CC for a year through the Running Start program, he moved to Bolivia to study Spanish and assist at an orphanage. When he returned, he began volunteering as a Spanish interpreter at a low-income medical clinic. He also works on campus as a peer tutor, and off campus as a drafting technician at an engineering firm.
Tyler Layden, 18, of Chehalis, has a 4.0 grade point average and is working towards a transfer degree. As a child in a military family, Layden moved a lot. There were different schools, different friends, different faces. What never changed was the night sky. Fascinated, Layden decided to be an astrophysicist. He is now finishing his associate degree as a Running Start student. In addition, he is president of CC’s Applied Physics and Engineering Club and he teaches a geometry class for struggling students at his high school.
The 65 members of this year’s All-Washington Academic Team represent all 34 community and technical colleges in Washington. Each student will receive a $250 scholarship from KeyBank.