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Outstanding Students of 2021

Not every student recognized on this page is graduating in 2021. But they have all been recognized for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the TCC community. 

Ellen Pinto Outstanding Students of the Year

Named after former a former TCC Trustee and civic activist, TCC’s Ellen Pinto Outstanding Student of the Year Award acknowledges high academic achievement, contributions to the TCC learning environment, and service to the surrounding community. At their May Meeting, the TCC Board of Trustees voted to name all three of the 2021 finalists Ellen Pinto Outstanding Student of the Year. Each student will be awarded $1,000.

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Mariana da Silva Lima Wray Thi Hyunh   Malcolm Clay

All Washington Scholars 

The annual All-Washington event celebrates two outstanding students from each community and technical college in Washington. Celebrated online this year, the event is hosted by South Puget Sound Community College. 

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Gina Marie Jones Katrina Wangen  

TCC Departmental Awards 

These annual awards are based on nominations from the campus community including academic departments, individual Faculty and Staff, other campus leadership, and the Office of Student Engagement.



Student Name

Earth Science/Math, Science, and Engineering

Waverly Shauffler

Corrections, WCCW/MCCCW

Erin (last name redacted)

Writing & Tutoring Center, Student Learning Centers/Student Retention & Success

Kayla Shaffron


Nguyen,Nhu Thi Quynh


Rebecca Reinmuth


Joseph Paul Heitman

HBPS: Applied Management BAS program

Gabriel Madison and Andrea Plitkins

Workforce Education/Food Pantry

Savan Delong


Wesley King

Radiology HBPS

Oksana Lohvin

Radiology/ HBPS

Arthur Piccoli

Radiology/ HBPS

Bryan Dorian

Radiology/ HBPS

Lauryn Collins

Department of Music

Vicky Bratcher

Math, science, engineering - MESA

Stephanie Mansperger


Matthew Anderson


Teala Sadler


Chantelle Davenport

Math Advising Resource Center (MARC)

Nina Polkinghorn

Running Start

Carter Archuleta


Ana Illan-Vazquez

Student Leadership Award 

The Student Leadership Award recognizes students who have held planned and implemented events through student clubs and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE), led Student Government, and helped their fellow students find ways to engage with student life during a year when most activities had to be held online.  

Student Name


Mariana Da Silva Lima Wray


Angelique Butler


Myrah Ballentine


Von-na Chism


Allan Jude Ilano


Ellis Westbrooks


Candace Wheeler


Malcolm Clay


Jade Truong 


Ketsia Kamarashavu


Ivy Tran


Elroy Mbabazi


Melissa Littleton


Daniel Mansulla


Rica Mae Olson


(Name Redacted)


Hannah Shea


Karrah  Jackson


Athena Wahlstrom


Stephanie Tisby


Jade Truong


Rebekah Hawthorne


Judith Malone


Thi Huynh


Club Awards

Collaboration Award

This award goes to clubs or organizations that have successfully worked together to sponsor or host an event or program that has benefited the TCC community.

API (Asian and Pacific Islander) Club

Engineering Club

Phi Theta Kappa

Chinese Literature Club

Student Organization of the Year

The Student Organization of the Year award is presented to an organization that has made a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to TCC and our overall community. This award recognizes the student organization that has demonstrated consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance through its activities and programs. Furthermore, the organization embodies TCC's spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programmatic efforts to enhance the quality of campus life. The Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on our campus and has remained resilient and a role model for organizations and clubs throughout the pandemic.

BSU (Black Student Union) 

Club Officers of the Year

This award is presented to Club and Organization officers who have demonstrated commitment, passion, and dedication to their clubs. They have served with an inspirational and infectious optimism and leads the way for others through their actions and involvement.

Angelique Butler 

Stephanie Tisby 

Mariana Wray 

Ellis Westbrooks 

Athena Wahlstrom

Community Impact and Commitment to Social Justice

This award recognizes a club/organization that has contributed time, support, resources, or money on a local level to better the Tacoma community. This award will be presented to the club or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to justice and/or has been an activist, trying to create positive change for the campus, the TCC community, and/or the world.

BSU (Black Student Union)

PTK (Phi Theta Kappa)

API (Asian and Pacific Islander Club)


Read More About Our Students 

Meet the Graduates of 2021! 








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