64 Students Celebrated for Their Legacies

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2018-06-22T13:02:40+00:00 June 18, 2018|Guest Post, News|
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64 Students Celebrated for Their Legacies

  • Photo of Highline College students and staff at awards ceremony

Guest Post by Jade Chan, Center for Leadership and Service

We take every chance we get to recognize and celebrate our students. In the past, a fun and meaningful way has been through the Student Awards Ceremony.

This year, we changed the name of that event, and the corresponding recognition, to Student Legacy Awards.

Jade Chan

Jade Chan

The awards honor students who have demonstrated a high caliber of academic and leadership achievement, persistence and contributions to the legacy of their peers and Highline College.

It is an opportunity to let students and our entire Highline community know that their achievements matter, that their stories matter and that we see them and their legacies.

This year, 64 scholars and leaders took home 69 awards, with four students winning in two or more categories.

Pacific Islander Club performance

Dancers from the Pacific Islander Club perform.

The theme of the awards celebration was “Together We Soar.” We love our students and love that they use their unique gifts and superpowers to make Highline College a better place for the next generation of scholars.

Around 300 students, family members, staff, faculty and community members attended the May 23 ceremony. There were many touching moments:

  • Toni Castro, vice president for Student Services, welcomed students, parents and staff with such grace and wisdom.
  • Mahlet Tiruneh and Astrid Duenas, who are part of the student government leadership team, facilitated the event.
  • The Pacific Islander Club won Club of the Year and gave two beautiful dance performances, sharing their cultural heritage, tradition and legacy. They performed “La’u Hani” by Pacific Soul and “Lome Lome” by Alpha Maiava.
 Highline student Tristan Curfman

Highline student Tristan Curfman accepts one of his two awards.

We advocated for live captioning at the ceremony to show our commitment to making the event as accessible as possible to people with (in)visible disabilities.

Live captioning would not have been possible without the help of the Accessibility Technology Committee and Access Services.

Why Did We Change the Name?

The intention behind the name is very beautiful and simple. We simply wanted to honor the students and recognize the legacy that they are leaving at Highline College.

Creating a legacy is breaking glass ceilings so that your ceiling is the next generation’s floor. A legacy opens doors of opportunities.

We need the Jordans from Career and Student Employment Center who help students toward their passions and careers.

Student Legacy Awards ceremony

Attendees enjoy dinner.

We need the Kaitlens from Pacific Islanders Club who create a brave and safe space for Samoans and other Pacific Islanders to share their beautiful cultural traditions in community.

We need the Jocelyns from Knitting Club who put so much heart into making their club welcoming for students of all abilities regardless of (in)visible disabilities.

We also wanted to provide them with an award name that carries the depth of their accomplishment to serve as a reminder to them, and so they can use it to advocate for their own future opportunities with employers.

Legacy Scholar Awards

Name of Department, Program or ClubAward Recipient
AccountingMichael Rude
ACHIEVEMasooma Sarwari
BusinessShavone Holloway
BusinessJohn Zapareski
Business TechnologyDega Farah
Business TechnologyDeanna Powers
EngineeringLiban Hussein
EngineeringAngela Tibbetts
Highline Model United Nations TeamDuc Huu Minh Nguyen
Hospitality & Tourism ManagementChol Lim
JournalismIsabella Anderson
JournalismMitchell Roland
MathematicsPhong Ly
MESALiban Hussein
Respiratory CareJeremy Cummins

Legacy Leader Awards

Name of Department, Program or ClubAward Recipient
2018 Student Employee of the YearChloe Zabrek
AANAPISIFuifui Ah Kuoi
AANAPISIKaitlen Taoipu
ACHIEVETristan Curfman
ACHIEVEAyron Enriquez
ACHIEVEHelen Nash
ACHIEVEJulliannea Plummer
Anime ClubNicklaus Garces
Arabic ClubRaghdah Alanae
Arabic ClubKhalid Almustafa
Associated Students of Highline CollegeJulie Bradbury
Associated Students of Highline CollegeAstrid Dueñas Diaz
Career and Student Employment CenterJordan Julaton
Chess ClubEvan Marsh
Christian Brotherhood International ClubRon Howell
CLS & MCA Leader of ExcellenceMahlet Tiruneh
Code 2040 ClubKarla Bustamante-Zamora
Community Budget CoordinatorChloe Zabrek
Community Leadership ConsultantJalyssa Atualevao
Community Leadership ConsultantGeorge (Zehao) Chen
Community Resource ConsultantChalisa Thompson
Cooking ClubHideki Goto
Cooking ClubTemani Joyner
Highline Model United Nations TeamKo Tanaka
Horror Life ClubJonathan Patrick Williams
Hospitality & Tourism ManagementYu-Ling Shen
ICC Peer FacilitatorSavannah Sacchini
Knitting ClubJocelyn Andrews
LatinX Student AssociationRosa Garcia-Rodriguez
LatinX Student AssociationErica Juarez-Ramos
Leadership Initiative TeamDivya Kapoor
Marketing Outreach Design TeamJesus Jeremy Morales VII
Marketing Outreach Design TeamChandler Simon
Math Resource CanterLiban Hussein
National Poetry CommitteeTamar Manuel
Outreach Student AmbassadorRisha Sharma
Pacific Islander ClubJahnna-Marie Kehaulani Kahele-Madali
Pacific Islander ClubKaitlen Taoipu
Placement and Testing CenterRos Damm
Placement and Testing CenterPrem Subedi
Psychology ClubYasutaka Odo
Respiratory CareSeth Williams
Space JamTiana Ross
Student NavigatorMaria ‘Rui’ Auxilia
ThunderwordColin Phan
ThunderwordJovien Robinson
TRiOHonglin Chen
TRiOMerry Ruat
Umoja Black Scholars ProgramHaley Cummins
Umoja Black Scholars ProgramShanique S. Dickens
Unified SportsTristan Curfman
Unified SportsSahil Vora
Women in Science and EngineeringMary-Louise Hathorn
Women in Science and EngineeringEdythe Neilson