Molly McMahan, a second-year Centralia College student, has been named to the 2018 Coca-Cola All-Washington Community College Academic Team.
She was selected based on her academic achievement, community involvement, and service to the college. She will be honored in the All-Washington Team Awards Ceremony on March 22 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. Governor Jay Inslee is expected to speak at the event and present awards to each of the team members.
Molly McMahan, 19, of Centralia, has a 4.00 grade point average at Centralia College. She expects to graduate in June and transfer to the University of Washington this fall. She wants to study Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies.
Molly credits her father for instilling the value of education in her at a young age. He exposed her to classic literature and pushed her to question everything. When her dad passed away five years ago, she was motivated to honor his memory by focusing on her education.
“I am grateful that he set me on this path, which has opened doors for me that are, unfortunately, not open for many of my socioeconomic peers,” she wrote. “I hope that any success I find would make him proud.”
Molly is vice president of the Centralia College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two-year college students, and historian for the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, a student club. She also performs with the Lewis County Community Band and the Centralia College Pep Band, playing the euphonium and trombone.
Molly chose Centralia College because it was affordable and close to home.
“Community colleges allow low-income students, such as myself, to achieve academically without running into debt,” she wrote, later adding, “there are fantastic professors at my college with impressive credentials, who choose to teach here because they enjoy the college and the community.”
Molly received $250 scholarships from Key Bank for her selection as an All-Washington Academic Team member.