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Leadership, Service Lands LCC Athlete on State Scholar Team

LCC's Lacey Seidl pictured with Gov. Christine Gregoire

Two small town girls have become leading ladies this year at Lower Columbia College. Not stars of stage or screen, but leaders in the arenas of academic excellence and community service.

Castle Rock native Lacey Seidl and Samantha Rintoul of Rainier are pursuing very different career paths but both are committed to making the most of every opportunity life provides. This spring they also share honors as LCC members of the All-Washington Academic Team.

The program annually showcases Washington's community and technical colleges by honoring academic high achievers who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities in which they live. On March 24, Gov. Christine Gregoire recognized the 63 students selected for the 2011 academic team in Olympia and presented medallions to those attending the ceremony, including Seidl. Both LCC students also receive a $750 scholarship. It’s the second consecu-tive year that an LCC athlete has received the award. Red Devil baseball player Aaron Grenz was honored last spring.

Scholar/Athlete Enjoys Keeping Busy
Seidl is better known by Red Devils athletic fans as a player on LCC’s successful women’s basketball and softball teams. “Some players lead by example and others are vocal, but Lacey can be both,” said Women’s Basketball Coach Chad Meadors. “She does a great job balancing basketball, academics and everything she does in the community."

In addition to maintaining a 3.81 grade point average, Seidl works part-time in the Student Activities Office, volunteers at basketball and volleyball camps for young girls, helps run campus events and is serving on the search committee for LCC’s next president. “She is an all-league caliber athlete with a blue collar work ethic and a true leader on campus,” said LCC Ath-letic Director Kirc Roland.

Building a successful team requires more than athletic skills, explains Seidl. “First athletes must build a relationship of trust with their teammates. When girls from sports camp show up at my game, I know I have touched them on a level greater than basketball.”

Seidl is completing a transfer degree at LCC this spring and plans to continue her education toward a career in a medical field helping people. “If I can receive scholarship funding, I will continue as far as I can,” she says. That might be a career in radiology, or maybe even a medical doctor. One thing she knows for sure, “I don’t want a job sitting behind a desk; I have too much energy, I need to be up and moving around.”

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