Skagit Valley College’s Whidbey Island Campus and South Whidbey Center celebrated student achievement at its annual honors reception.
On Friday, May 17 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, the college and the SVC Foundation awarded $100,000 in scholarships to outstanding students. In addition, numerous departmental and activity awards were presented.
Thomas Lile of Greenbank received the Yates Award, the highest award bestowed at the Whidbey Island Campus. Named for the former admiral and commanding officer of NAS Whidbey who was instrumental in working with SVC to secure property for the Whidbey Island Campus, the Yates Award honors a student who demonstrated outstanding leadership, community service, and academic achievement. He rides the bus from his home in Greenbank to his classes in Mount Vernon each day, leaving before 5 a.m. After returning to Whidbey, Lile works with his peers in Student Life where he serves as student government president. He also is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. He will graduate with two degrees in the sciences.
This year’s South Whidbey Center Carol Huber Award was presented to Crystal Coglas of Langley. Each year, this honor goes to the graduating student who has exemplified the best traits of South Whidbey students. Coglas earned respect and admiration from faculty and staff for her hard work, dedication to the community, and commitment to her education. Her recognition demonstrates how students excel at the South Whidbey Center, despite life’s challenges.
Tom Keegan, president of Skagit Valley College, awarded five students with the President’s Medal for outstanding academic achievement. President’s Medals were presented to Christine Chittim (Clinton), Jackson Knoll (Oak Harbor), Thomas Lile (Greenbank), Henry Mioduski lll (Oak Harbor), and Taylor Nienhuis (Oak Harbor). To qualify, each recipient must be a graduating sophomore, maintain A or A- grades, and have attended SVC for at least three quarters.