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Skagit Valley's Brenner receives academic honor

Skagit Valley's Brandi Brenner

Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Campus honors students at
54th Annual Honors Reception

     Several hundred students, family members, and friends attended the 54th Annual
Skagit Valley College Mount Vernon Campus Honors Reception, which was held on April 28 in McIntyre Hall.  The event honored outstanding students in academic and professional/technical programs with awards and scholarships.  The Skagit Valley College Foundation awarded more than $348,000 in scholarships.

     The distinguished Lewis Award was awarded to sophomore Brandi Benner of Lynden, Washington. According to Benner, learning to find a reasonable balance between her studies, sports and community service has been very rewarding.  Benner has maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. at Skagit Valley College while participating as an athlete in basketball and tennis and also serving as secretary for the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College (ASSVC). Her role in student government has included organizing a variety of community service projects throughout Skagit County. In addition, she has served as a volunteer assistant for a bilingual preschool program helping young children improve their English skills.  Benner’s passion for helping people will follow her as she prepares for a career in nursing at Western Washington University this fall.

Other Lewis Award nominees were Susanne Celeste Danielson (Sedro Woolley),
William Enriquez (Burlington), Heather Rachelle Grambo (Lynden), Cassandra Ann Lopez (Mount Vernon), Merlyn Rosana Lorenzo (Mount Vernon), Keitaro Machida (Mount Vernon), Alexa Hamilton Middendorf (Stanwood), and Tyler Grant Murphy (Stanwood).
     The 1956 sophomore class of Skagit Valley Junior College established the annual Charles H. Lewis Memorial Award for a graduating sophomore who attended SVC at least one full academic year.  The recipient is chosen for exemplifying the qualities of Charles H. Lewis, the first Dean of the College, and a teacher at SVC for 28 years.

            President’s Medals were awarded to 21 students at the Mount Vernon ceremony, based on their outstanding academic achievement.  To qualify for this award, each recipient must be a graduating sophomore, have a G.P.A. of 3.9 or higher, and have attended SVC for at least three quarters.  President’s Medals were presented to: Lourdes Sanchez Alejo (Mount Vernon), Brandi Linn Benner (Lynden), Stacey L. Benson (Sedro Woolley), Christian Michel Bertrand (Mount Vernon), Stacce Lynn Clay (Arlington), Laurie Cathlene Fellers (Sedro Woolley), Jamie Lynn Halpin (Bow), Kevin Patrick Maier (Bellingham), Joshua Lee Pinnell (Bellingham), Lyndee Retzlaff (Everett), Colby James Rezayat (Mount Vernon), Krista Nicole Studebaker (Burlington), Edward Scott Teeters (Selah), Xueling Wu (Burlington), Geraldine A. Fitzgerald (Oak Harbor), William Brockholst Livingston (Oak Harbor), Nathanael G. Ross (Oak Harbor), Samantha Taylor Smith (Oak Harbor), Cassandra Marie Stanford (Oak Harbor), Agnieszka Stanula (Oak Harbor), and Bryan Daniel Verble (Coupeville).

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