Two Seattle Central College students joined more than 60 community college students from across the last week for a ceremony honoring their selection to the 2015 All-Washington Academic Team. Jonathan Harper, originally from Collegeville, Pa., and Phuc Thien Do of South Vietnam, were both chosen to represent the college based on their exceptional academic achievement and commitment to serving his community. Gov. Jay Inslee delivered the keynote address at the ceremony.
Harper is the vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter on campus. He served as a nurse for several years prior to enrolling at Seattle Central and is now a biology major pursuing his goal of becoming a medical examiner. He also aspires to serve his community as a state representative. This year, Harper was awarded the Boeing Company Endowed Scholarship through the Seattle Central Foundation for both his leadership and academic success in a STEM field. He has maintained a GPA of over 3.7 during his time at Seattle Central.
“I feel very privileged to be one of the honorees,” said Harper. “Serving in Phi Theta Kappa has been the perfect role for me. My peers have offered me so much perspective, and I’ve been able to have an impact on my community. I’m thankful for the opportunity to join the other excellent students on the All-Washington Academic Team.”
PTK is an international honor society that recognizes scholarship among two-year college students. The All-Washington and All-USA Academic Team projects started 20 years ago to honor academic high-achievers from community and technical colleges. Two students from each PTK chapter in Washington are chosen for the state team, and each of their applications will be considered for the All-USA Academic team.
The event is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International, the presidents and trustees of Washington’s two-year colleges, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and KeyBank, which awards $500 scholarships to each member of the team.
About Seattle Central: Chosen by over 16,000 students each year, Seattle Central College offers a comprehensive range of educational programs and opportunities for academic transfer, workplace preparation, basic skills and continuing education in an urban environment. Visit us online at www.seattlecentral.edu.