Four LCC Students Named to 2023 All Washington Academic Team

Jaida Barrows, Quiana Daniels, Samantha Deleon, and Nicolas Tinoco, members of the 2023 All Washington Academic Team, will be recognized at a ceremony in Olympia on April 27, 2023.

The program is a showcase for Washington's community and technical colleges because it honors the academic high achievers; students who have demonstrated a commitment to success in the classroom and in the communities where they live. This recognition demonstrates the state's commitment to scholarship and community service on the part of those attending the state's public community and technical colleges.

State team members are nominated by their community college presidents. Each All-Washington Academic Team member typically receives a scholarship funded by program sponsors (funding in any given year is determined by program sponsors). The state's public baccalaureate institutions and several private colleges also offer scholarships to award-winning transfer students.


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Jaida Barrows

Jaida Barrows plans to transfer to Western Washington University to study political science and education after receiving her AA-DTA in June. Her career goal is to work with legislators and eventually become an elected official herself to advocate for people with disabilities. Jaida volunteers time each week to help out in a local second-grade classroom, and recently assisted with the college’s MLK Day service project. Her secret talent is identifying screen actors’ voices. 

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Quiana Daniels

Quiana Daniels is an author, poet, business owner, researcher, social entrepreneur and former homeless teen who received recognition from former First Lady Michelle Obama for overcoming adversity and achieving high academic success. Already the recipient of numerous college degrees and certificates, Quiana is currently a nursing student at LCC. She has been interviewed by multiple news outlets, and featured in several magazines and newspapers for her accomplishments, which include receiving numerous research grants.

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Samantha Deleon

Samantha Deleon earned her AAS in Business Management in Fall 2022. Her career goal is to become the owner/operator of a diabetic-friendly bakery, once she has worked in a management position long enough to accrue the start-up costs. When Samantha is not thinking about business, she loves to paint and runs a local charity event with Avery’s Air-Cooled called “Paint-A-Bug,” where children use washable materials to paint on two vintage Volkswagens.

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Nicolas Tinoco

Nicolas Tinoco plans to transfer to George Fox University after receiving his AA-DTA in June. He hopes earning a bachelor’s degree in animation, in addition to his considerable 3-D portfolio, will lead to a career in the video game industry. Nicolas is passionate about making and telling stories, and hopes to become a director after working as an animator. His volunteer activities include helping out at a domestic violence shelter and wildlife refuge.