Grays Harbor College announces top grads for 2014

Graduation for Grays Harbor College’s Class of 2014 takes place Friday evening outside on the main campus in Aberdeen. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. The class includes more than 300 qualified graduates and approximately 150 are expected to participate in the traditional ceremony.

There are 12 students leading the classes scholastically. They are:

Logan Zepp, who will receive an Associate in Business — Direct Transfer (DTA) degree — graduated from Elma High School last year and completed college courses he began as a Running Start student. He will attend the University of Idaho as a marketing major. He is the son of Albert and Sandi Zepp.

Kathleen Yi graduated from Hoquiam High School earlier this June and receives her Associate in Arts DTA degree from GHC this week as a Running Start student. The daughter of Pyong Yi and Hani Yi, she will major in biochemistry at the University of Washington and hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.

Paige Pierog is the daughter of Sherri and Brad Pierog and will receive her Associate in Arts DTA degree at GHC, where she has been active in Phi Theta Kappa honor society (PTK). Graduating from Aberdeen High School in 2012, she will attend the University of LaVerne, Calif., majoring in communications with a minor in marketing.

Matthew Lewis is also graduating as a Running Start student from South Bend High School and GHC with an Associate in Science transfer degree as an engineering major. He will continue his education at Colorado School of Mines, majoring in mechanical engineering. The son of David Lewis and Gina Lewis, he participated in PTK.

Derek Thomas Schlaht will transfer to St. Martin’s University to major in business administration and minor in finance. His degree from GHC is an Associate in Business DTA. The son of Denise Schlaht, he graduated from Aberdeen High School in 2012 and is a World Class Scholar. He participated in the TRiO student support program, PTK, American Indian and Alaskan Natives Club, the annual student art show and Choker athletic events. He eventually would like to pursue a masters degree in business administration.

Matthew D. Barclay also receives a Associate in Business DTA degree from GHC and will be continuing his education at George Fox University, majoring in business entrepreneurship and minoring in accounting.

He is the son of Deven Barclay and Tovi Barclay and was homeschooled until 2011. While at GHC, he has been a math and science tutor, member and officer of PTK, and participated in student leadership.

Jaime Reino will receive his Associate in Science degree in pre-engineering and plans to earn a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. He is the son of Kriss Longworth and earned his GED in 2006.

Makaela Morton, the daughter of Johnna Morton and Wade Cogdill, receives her Associate in Arts DTA degree as a psychology major.

She plans to attend Pacific Lutheran University to pursue her bachelors degree in social work and eventually to earn a masters degree. She graduated from Aberdeen High School in 2012.

Amanda M. Swarts, an Elma resident, receives her Associate in Science degree in pre-dental hygiene. She will enroll in the dental hygiene program at Pierce College and eventually will receive her bachelors degree in dental hygiene from Eastern Washington University. While at GHC, she was entertainment coordinator on the GHC Activities Board, a tutor and PTK officer. She is the daughter of James Brown Jr. and Kristin Theriault and her spouse is Kory Swarts.

Kseniia Vasileva attended high school in both Aberdeen and Vladivostok, Russia, and resides with Chris and Donna Portmann. She receives her Associate in Arts DTA degree and will attend Monmouth College in Illinois to major in economics. She eventually plans to attend Cornell University for graduate school in industrial and labor relations. At GHC, she has served as PTK chapter president as well as regional vice president, as well as tutoring in math and English, Tyee service club and student leadership activities.

Kevin Montez will transfer to WSU-Vancouver to pursue degrees in neuroscience and psychology, after he receives his Associate of Arts DTA degree from GHC. A Cosmopolis resident, he has been active in PTK, TRiO, leadership development and tutoring, he earned his high school diploma from GHC in 2009 and is the son of Doreen Winningham.

Evan Scamman also receives his Associate of Arts DTA degree and will enroll at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. to pursue a masters degree in divinity. He earned his GED in 1993 and is the son of Lena Scamman.


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