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
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.
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
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.
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.