Students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Last month, two Phi Theta Kappa students represented the college at the All-Washington Academic Team ceremony in Olympia.

Students Tracy Lam (pictured left) and Wannapa (Bow) Suprasert were selected for the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) 2016 All-Washington Academic Team. They joined other students – representing all 34 community and technical colleges from across the state – to be recognized during a ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College last month.

The All-Washington Academic Team started over 20 years ago to honor academic high-achievers from community and technical colleges who have made positive contributions to their communities. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society that recognizes scholarship among two-year college students who are working on associate degrees.

Lam is an economics student from Hong Kong. Interested in public policy, she wants to attend law school after earning her undergraduate degree with the goal of becoming a judge. Lam also has a love of writing; a passion for American literature inspired her to move to the United States. She serves as the PTK Seattle Central chapter vice president, where she supervises projects and coordinates her chapter’s essay submissions to the national PTK organization. Lam is also the managing editor for the college’s student newspaper.

Suprasert is a psychology student from Thailand who hopes to apply her studies to improve people’s physical and mental well-being. She traveled to Peru last summer as part of the college’s Global Impact program, which sparked a desire to pursue a minor in Global Health. She works to coordinate community service projects for the PTK chapter, and recently launched a campaign to collect hygiene kits that students distributed to the city’s homeless.

The All-Washington Academic Team event is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International, the presidents and trustees of Washington’s two-year colleges, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and KeyBank, which awards $250 scholarships to each member of the team.