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Friday, March 12, 2010

Clover Park Technical College students named to 2010 All-Washington Academic Team

Two Clover Park Technical College Environmental Science students will be honored as members of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team March 25 at noon on the campus of South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

The ceremony recognizes top scholars from Washington State community and technical colleges with scholarship prizes.

Jennifer Vasquez, 30, is a displaced master mason and construction superintendent who began the Environmental Science program at Clover Park in January 2009. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and president of the EcoClub.

Vasquez is interested in storm water management, especially as it relates to rain gardens and sustainability education. She plans to attend Evergreen State College and hopes to work as an environmental educator. Vasquez is also a devoted wife and mother.

Martina O'Neil, 48, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the EcoClub, and she previously worked for a HUD-sponsored community revitalization project.

Martina also worked as a Community Liaison for the Tacoma School District and as a volunteer for Portland Community Center. O'Neil is active with the Washington Clothing and Textile Advisors of Pierce County. She will attend Evergreen State College in the fall and she is also a full-time grandmother.

Vasquez and O'Neil, by virtue of their inclusion on the state team, will receive $750 scholarships from Key Bank and the National Education Loan Association, and they are now nominated for the 2010 All-USA Academic Team. Officials from Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for students of two-year colleges, will select students for the All-USA team.

For more information on the All-Washington Academic Team and the ceremony, visit www.spscc.ctc.edu/allwa.
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