Every spring, three Ellen Pinto Outstanding Student of the Year finalists are selected after interviewing with the Board of Trustees. We’re proud to present the finalists of 2016.
Agnes Song, Finalist
Song is a Running Start student who plans to transfer to the University of Washington, where she’s been accepted into the Bioengineering program. She also excels at the humanities; in fact, she was nominated by a group of arts, humanities & social sciences instructors.
“Agnes is the kind of student any teacher appreciates – very bright, reliably prepared for class, interested in the material, and respectful of the instructor and fellow students,” reads her nomination. “She is an imaginative writer, and her work in Social Sciences shows remarkable depth.”
In addition to her studies, Song was a Supplemental Instruction leader for a U.S. History classes this year. She served as editor for both Una Voce and Trillium, TCC’s student publications. She also plays on her high school golf team and works every day in her family business.
Henry Bowie, Finalist
Henry Bowie came into contact with TCC while searching for a last-minute Senior Project idea at Lincoln High School. Noting his love of English and writing, his high school English teacher put him in touch with local nonprofit write@253, where he began volunteering as a writing tutor with First Creek Middle School students. Many TCC instructors also volunteer with write@253.
“In part because of Henry’s careful work with the students, write@253 was named First Creek’s non-profit partner of the year,” reads Bowie’s nomination. “At the same time, his senior project was developed and grew to merge his love of writing and his interest in psychology.”
After graduating from Lincoln, Bowie joined TCC’s Men of Distinction program, where his gift for intellectual and analytical thinking developed.
“What separates Henry from other students is his desire to think critically: to both understand and question material,” reads his nomination. “He often stops by the offices of faculty and staff to have deep, philosophical conversations about what he is studying and why.”
Bowie plans to transfer to Western Washington University.
Greidi Ajalik, Ellen Pinto Outstanding Student of the Year
Ajalik is studying electrical and mechanical engineering at TCC. In the fall, he plans to transfer to Stanford, UC Berkley, UCLA or WSU. Ajalik serves as a lead mentor in the International Department, helping incoming students through orientation and registration each quarter.
“Greidi is a positive, cheerful force, and is always willing to help other students and staff in any way possible,” reads his nomination. “His attitude is exemplary and he is personable and attentive toward others.”
Other activities include tutoring in TCC’s Writing and Tutoring Center, serving as a Supplemental Instructor for Math 141, serving as a dedicated tutor for English 95, and serving as President of the Engineering Club. He also volunteers as a school youth leader at his church.Print This Post