It was all about the successes of our student athletes, business students and All-Academic students at the Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, May 25, 2011.
Greg Turcott, head men’s basketball coach exhibited great pride when telling the Trustees about basketball player Sean Jones, who is heading to Hawaii to play ball next fall. Jones, who played for O’Dea High School before coming to SCC, signed a grant-in-aid with Hawaii Pacific University to play basketball next season. Coach Turcott went on to say that the 6'6" forward led the SCC team to a 13-13 record this year and fifth place in the NWAACC Northern Region. Jones was also credited for the team’s 2009-10 NWAACC Northern Region Championship.
Head coach Lance Swehla told the Trustees about the great efforts of the Shoreline softball team, who finished the season second in the north division (17-7). Swehla reported that the team produced five All-Conference players -- Melissa Kruse, (Idaho) Sophie Overlock-Pauley (Ballard) Laice Dedrick, (Montana) Whitney McFarland (Everett) and Amanda Olsen, (Shorewood), and that eight of the 13 players held above a 3.25 GPA. Also, three of the six sophomores were on the NWAACC All Academic team. “The outgoing sophomores are planning on continuing their education and most of them will continue their athletic careers as well,” Swehla said. He is currently recruiting student athletes for next year and has signed students from Montana, Lake Stevens, Monroe, Kamiak, Kentlake and Ballard.
Tennis Coach Ray Bachmann commended the All Academic student athletes on the women’s and men’s tennis teams -- Christine Yang earned a 3.62, Blair Stone, a 3.98, Thinh Nguyen, a 3.43 and Sofoniyas Hagos, a 3.58 GPA.
Steve McCloskey told the Trustees about the DECA students who rocked at a recent business competition. Fourteen students competed at the Collegiate DECA ICDC (International Career Development Conference) in Orlando, Florida where 1,400 students from across the country competed in events ranging from International Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Sports and Entertainment Marketing to Retail Management, Business Ethics and Hospitality. Eleven of those students earned conference recognition and honors.
“Many of the students they competed against went to four-year colleges and universities,” McCloskey said. He reported that five of the 14 SCC students were named in the Top Ten categories in their respective events:
* Demi Hall and Sarah Jensen, National Finalists, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
* John McCoy and Angela Krohn, National Finalists, Business to Business Marketing
* Xiaolin Mo, National Finalist, Marketing Management
Five other students received ‘Honorable Mention’ status:
* Amber Bonifas, Retail Management
* Steve Kesting, Entrepreneurship
* Robin Aranos, Human Resource Management
* Jana Hecla and Kylie Williams, Sports & Entertainment Marketing
* Travis Allende, Sales Management
Collegiate DECA has more than 13,000 members, serving its diverse international membership as a professional association, providing leadership and career opportunities to develop and enhance the business leaders of tomorrow.
DECA’s renowned Competitive Events program uses interviews, role plays, simulations and project reports to evaluate students’ marketing and management skills. The competition includes 25 different events, judged by business professionals.
Serving as SCC DECA advisors are David Starr, Laura Portolese Dias, Stephen McCloskey and Mona Starr.
ALL ACADEMIC STUDENTS
Huy Minh Nguyen and Ching-Hsuan “Jeff” Ma were also recognized as All-Washington Academic Team students. Both had been recognized previously at a Board Meeting.