For Immediate Release

March 15, 2018

Lower Columbia College students Clinton Howard and Marinda Strine have made the 2018 All-Washington Academic Team

They will be honored at a ceremony on March 22 at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

The All-Washington Academic Team program recognizes Washington's finest higher education students. Students who make up the All-Washington Team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to the community.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for two-year colleges, created the program to recognize and honor two-year college students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service.

About Clinton Howard

Clinton is president of the Associated Students of Lower Columbia College (ASLCC). He was born addicted to drugs and entered life surrounded by crime and despair. After dropping out of school and becoming an addict himself, Clinton ultimately spent several years behind bars before deciding to enroll at LCC in winter 2016. He received the Outstanding Student Award in Psychology in 2017, and the Transforming Lives Award in early 2018. Clinton is planning to attend Washington State University-Vancouver in the fall. His educational goal is to earn an advanced degree in organizational psychology.

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2018 All-Washington Academic Team Members from Lower Columbia College

(l-r) LCC President Chris Bailey, Marinda Strine, Clinton Howard, Washington State Representative Ed Orcutt.

 Howard Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar

In addition to being an All-Washington Academic Team member, Clinton was named a 2018 Coca-Cola Academic Team Bronze Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver, and 50 Bronze Scholars with nearly $200,000 in scholarships across the nation annually. Coca-Cola Academic Team members will be recognized internationally during Phi Theta Kappa's annual convention, April 19-21 in Kansas City, Missouri.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges. We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.” — J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

About Marinda Strine

Marinda is the president of the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. In this role, Marinda developed a scholarship program for students with financial barriers to participate in the honor society. Marinda is a Running Start student who will graduate in June with both her high school diploma and associate degree. She is planning to attend the University of Washington in the fall and major in biological and biomedical sciences (focusing on neuroscience). Her goal is to become a medical doctor.

Clinton and Marinda each received a $250 scholarship from the LCC Foundation at the March 2018 Board of Trustees meeting held at Lower Columbia College.


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 Wendy Hall, Vice President, Effectiveness & College Relations, Lower Columbia College


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