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Student Profiles

Edward and Annette Aguigui

Edward and Annette Aguigui

After retiring from a 20-year service in the U.S. Army, Edward Aguigui and his wife Annette decided to start a new adventure--in Alaska. During a stop in Washington to visit family, however, the Aguiguis discovered two foster boys who needed a home. Their new adventure, rather than beginning in Alaska, began in Washington.

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Alexa Amarok

Alexa Amarok

Alexa Amarok has always loved music and singing. When her fifth grade class at Hilltop Elementary in Lynnwood visited a band and orchestra teacher, she was given the opportunity to begin making her own music. Students were allowed to try out instruments. Alexa fell in love with the violin and has been playing ever since.

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Sarah Brown and son Parker 

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is a student who plans to pursue a master’s in social work in the future, a mom of three boys, the sophomore representative on the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak student senate, and founder of Parker’s Place, a camp for children/parents who are grieving the loss of a sibling/child.

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 Grant Devlin

Grant Devlin

You might recognize his face from the baseball field or his voice from 104.7 KKRV FM radio. Grant Devlin pitches for WVC Knights baseball, serves as freshman representative for the Associated Students of WVC and works as a part-time broadcast operator for Columbia River Media Group.

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Greg Epps 

Greg Epps

Before coming to Omak, former Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak President Greg Epps lived in Wisconsin and worked as an entrepreneur in the masonry business. Harsh winters made masonry seasonal work. He enjoyed the work, but for the sake of his back and his health, he didn’t want to do it forever. He took a leap of faith and moved to Washington.

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Paula Evans-Duncan 

Paula Evans-Duncan

After losing her job of five years, Paula Evans-Duncan signed up for the Worker Retraining program, which provides educational and career planning to help unemployed and dislocated workers retrain in a vocational field. Within two weeks of being accepted into the program, she started classes at WVC at Omak and felt slightly overwhelmed by the changing schedule, the amount of homework, and the two-hour round-trip drive from Twisp to Omak.

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Abbey Freed 

Abbey Freed 

Abbey Freed completed a competitive application and interview process and was offered a full-tuition waiver to continue her arts education at Wenatchee Valley College this year.

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Trevor Graves 

Trevor Graves

Two years ago, Trevor Graves had the opportunity to change his life. Born and raised in Wenatchee, Trevor was homeschooled by his mother Victoria while also maintaining a five-route newspaper delivery for the Wenatchee World to help support his family. Once he turned 18, his mother offered him a choice—either go to school or get a job. Trevor immediately jumped at the opportunity to attend Wenatchee Valley College.

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Emery Hall JR 

Emery Hall Jr.

Emery Hall Jr. dropped out of high school in his junior year. He later completed his GED at Walla Walla Community College. He took on odd jobs, working as a forklift operator and in the power house at Colville Indian Power and Veneer, the Omak plywood and veneer mill, before it closed. Due to the economy and limited employment opportunities, he decided to pursue a college education.

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Iver Hull and Martin Galindo 

Iver Hull and Martin Galindo

Iver Hull and Martin Galindo met in Jeff Dykes’ Evironmental Life Science class fall quarter. An in-class hydroponics project piqued their interest. In a hydroponic system, plants are grown in nutrient-rich water instead of soil. Because of their enthusiasm, Dykes offered them the opportunity to develop the project further outside of class.

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 Jenaesha Iwaasa and Katrina Whitman

Jenaesha Iwaasa and Katrina Whitman

Jenaesha Iwaasa, a cellist, and Katrina Whitman, a violist, met while taking lessons at Icicle Creek. Over the years, they have performed together in the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony and Summer Symphony, the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, and string and chamber camps at Central Washington University. The two friends came to WVC as Running Start students and graduated with their high school diplomas and transfer degrees in June.

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Joanne Johanson 

Joanne Johanson

Joanne Johanson was employed at the Pateros School District and raising her family when she began working on her associate of arts and sciences degree at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak. After a move to Leavenworth, her employer encouraged her to continue her studies at WVC’s main campus.

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 Chase Lemons

Chase Lemons

Chase Lemons is following a family tradition with his educational goals. Both of his older sisters, Megan and Kelley, completed the Running Start program at Wenatchee Valley College and attended the University of Washington. Megan earned a degree in biochemistry and Kelley a degree in electrical engineering. Now in his second year as a WVC Running Start student, Chase plans to pursue a mathematics degree at the UW this fall, while also completing his prerequisites for either medical or veterinary school.

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Tom McGinness

Tom McGinness

The Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees nominated Tom McGinness for a 2013 Transforming Lives award.  The award, given by the Washington Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges, honored students and graduates who overcame barriers in pursuit of a college degree. Though Tom was not selected in January as one of the five winners chosen from across the state, he is an inspiration and role model for his peers, and believes strongly in giving back to help others. 

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Farrah McGuffin 

Farrah McGuffin

A former high school dropout, Farrah McGuffin is now a first-generation college student.

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 Antonio Montez

Antonio Montez

Running Start helped recent Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and Okanogan High School graduate, Antonio Montez, achieve his educational goals.

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Soojin Na and Saki Harada 

Soojin Na and Saki Harada

Saki Harada and Soojin Na began their first day as Wenatchee Valley College students on April 1, when spring-quarter classes began. Harada is WVC’s first international student from Misawa City, Wenatchee’s sister city in Japan, while Na is from Naju City, Wenatchee’s sister city in South Korea. 

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Kate Patenade 

Kate Patenaude

Kate Patenaude is a starter for the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team. She first visited Wenatchee last spring during her recruiting trip and immediately recognized how much it reminded her of her home town of Missoula, Montana, "without the mountains, but just as pretty," she said. "It just felt like the right fit."

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Ebony Patterson
 

Ebony Patterson

If you’ve been to Wenatchee Valley College at Omak recently, you’ve likely met student Ebony Patterson – outgoing, friendly and always willing to give newcomers a tour or guide them in the right direction.

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Mario Perez

When he was 15, Mario Perez and his family moved to Three Lakes in Malaga, Washington, an area that reminded him of Lake Pátzcuaro near his hometown of Ojo de Agua in Mexico. Returning to Pátzcuaro in his early twenties, he did not see the beautiful lake from his childhood, but one that had suffered severe environmental decline. Mario’s curiosity about what caused the lake’s deterioration led to an education and career in water quality.

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Shane Roper

Shane Roper

Shane Roper is working with WVC Veteran Coordinator Laura Murphy and biology faculty member Dr. Dan Stephens to create a new veterans club on the Wenatchee campus that will draw student veterans together, especially those who are new to college, to tutor and mentor one another as they transition from military to school. 

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Ricardo Sanchez

Ricardo Sanchez

Born in Wenatchee, Ricardo Sánchez grew up in the Columbia Basin area and began working in the orchards at three years old. His first memory is of picking peaches by headlamp in the dark. By sixth grade, he was working in the orchards before and after school. 

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Larry Scroggins  Larry Scroggins

Last fall, Wenatchee Valley College at Omak student Larry Scroggins, his father and girlfriend packed their lunches and set out for a day trip to Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene fossil site in Republic, Wash. The trip was for a class assignment. Anthropology and sociology instructor Dr. Julie Tate-Libby assigned her Introduction to Anthropology class to research a historical site with anthropological significance.

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Sandra Warrington 

Sandra Warrington

 

Sandra Warrington began working when she was 13 years old to help support her mother and five siblings. She would drive her mother to work during breaks between classes at Pioneer Middle School, return to class, and then head to her own job after school. She stopped going to school altogether during the last quarter of her senior year.

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Ben Wilson 

Benjamin Wilson

 

Benjamin Wilson operated a front loader at Zosel Lumber Company in Oroville until he was laid off in 2009. With assistance from the Worker Retraining program, he enrolled in the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Chemical Dependency Studies program.

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Yolanda Jimenez and Erin Long 

Yolanda Jimenez


Yolanda Jimenez (left) of East Wenatchee was awarded the 2012 WVC President's Medal for academic achievement and leadership.

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