Release Date: June 10, 2013
Contact: Ardi Kveven, Executive Director of the Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA), 425-267-0156 or email@example.com
28 Students Graduate from EvCC Ocean Research College Academy June 14
EVERETT, Wash. – Twenty eight students from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy graduate June 14, earning both their associate’s degree and high school diplomas.
ORCA graduation is at 3 p.m. June 14 at the Waterfront Center Blue Heron Room, 205 Craftsman Way. ORCA graduates will also be recognized at EvCC’s graduation June 14 and at their high school graduations.
ORCA is an early college academy for high school students, who can earn up to two years of college credit while completing their high school education. Most students graduate with an associate’s degree in addition to a high school diploma.
The program is the only early college academy of its kind in the country. ORCA uses the local marine environment as the unifying theme for all academic disciplines.
This is the eighth ORCA graduating class since the early college academy was founded in 2004. These students were the first to study for two years at ORCA’s new location at the Everett waterfront.
“This group of ORCA graduates demonstrated persistence and a strong work ethic to achieve an associate’s degree while they are in high school. Regardless of their eventual university major, each student grew tremendously from their experience at ORCA and they have become active, responsible and inquisitive learners,” said Ardi Kveven, founder and executive director of the program.
Independent research conducted by students will be on display at the Possession Sound Student Showcase and Talks June 12 from 2-5pm at the ORCA campus.
This year’s ORCA graduates have earned over $125,000 in scholarships including:
Maddy Brewer, Snohomish High School, $9,500 per year to attend Western Washington University.
Emily Bronske, Lake Stevens High School, $1,000 from Future Cougs. She will attend Washington State University and plans a pre-vet major.
Rebekah Elles, Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, $16,000 American University Grant and $6,000 American University Leadership Award. She will attend American University to major in musical theater.
Robyn Emery, Kamiak High School, $8,000 Gold Academic Scholarship from Northwest University, $3,500 Northwest University Success Scholarship, $2,000 Music Scholarship for Northwest University and $1,000 Sons of Norway Leif Erickson Lodge Award and $500 for being a Seafair participant. She plans to major in biology.
Payton Hermanson, South Whidbey High School, $2,000 from Promoting Research Investigations in the Marine Environment. She will attend Oregon State University and continue her interest in marine science.
Rebekah Kelley, Marysville Arts and Technology High School, $16,000 combined athletic and academic Scholarship to attend Northwest Nazarene University to major in engineering.
Anna Russell, Lakewood High School, $1,000 from the National Ocean Science Bowl Scholarship and $2,000 from Promoting Research Investigations in the Marine Environment. She will attend the University of Washington and major in public health.
Stefan Sorensen, Lake Stevens High School, $3,500 from the Youth Maritime Training Association. Stefan is attending the California Maritime Academy and majoring in marine transportation.
Ellen Smith, Snohomish High School, $12,000 combined athletic and academic scholarship to attend Seattle Pacific University to major in pre-physical therapy.
Mallory Suggs, Monroe High School, $5,000 from the Youth Maritime Training Association, $1,000 from the President’s Scholarship, and $1,000 from the United States Bowling Club. She plans to attend Western Washington University where she will major in marine biology.
Hannah Toutonghi, Sky Valley Education Center in Monroe, $18,000 to attend the University of Washington and major in public health.
Kyle Weber, Edmonds School District, $2,000 scholarship to attend Western Washington University for an applied mathematics major.
Tanis Whittington, Lake Stevens High School, $24,000 per year to attend Carroll College.
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