Seattle Central students recognized as part of All-Washington Academic Team
Seattle Central students Ilhan Ibrahim and Raina Scherer will be honored Thursday, April 15 as members of the 2021 All-Washington Academic Team. Students are selected for the All-Washington Team because of their academic excellence and community engagement, and are members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the International Honor Society for two-year colleges.
Ibrahim is a first-generation student and Seattle native who is pursuing her associate of science transfer degree at Seattle Central College. As a recent Running Start student, Ilhan is finishing her degree and plans to transfer to Seattle University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic ultrasound. Ilhan ultimately plans to open a clinic that uses ultrasound technology to support cardiovascular, reproductive, and general health in low-income communities. In her free time, she enjoys paddle boating and volunteering at her local Mosque with a group of women who come together to heal from traumatic experiences.
“I’m grateful to have been selected for this award. As a young Black woman who experienced poverty it’s an honor to be celebrated for my achievements,” said Ibrahim.
Scherer, born in Saskatoon, Canada, is a first-generation college student who was raised by a single mother. She moved to Seattle in 2020 to continue her education after taking several years off to work. Scherer is currently pursuing her associate of arts degree at Seattle Central College and plans to transfer to the University of Washington or the University of Texas-Austin to pursue a degree in informatics. She enjoys hiking, playing independent-video games, and reviewing games on her blog. Raina hopes to work in urban planning after completing her bachelor’s degree and wants to improve public transportation options for low-income communities.
“I didn’t have the chance to continue my education after high school and to be recognized for excelling academically and in the community is a tremendous feeling,” said Scherer.