Honors & Leadership Awards

2021 Student Leadership Awards

Founders Community Award

The Founders Community Award recipient has dedicated their time and efforts to enhancing the culture and spirit of the Cascadia community. This individual exemplifies what it means to be a part of this community and encourages others to be involved in shaping our core identity.

Lavani Sharma

Lavani Sharma

An excerpt from Lavani’s nomination: "She has dedicated her time to Cascadia not only in academics but beyond the classroom. Lavani is always excited to be in club meetings and contributes ideas for club activities. She encourages other students to get involved in clubs and is always willing to share about why she loves being part of Cascadia clubs. I reached out to all club leaders and members to be on a Kodiak Chat Podcast episode which was all about clubs. She was one of 2 students that participated and shared how important and fun it is to be involved in the Cascadia community and encouraged everyone listening to find belonging at Cascadia College."

Celine Xu

Celine Xu

An excerpt from Celine’s nomination: "As part of (international student) orientation, we feel that it is important to have peer-to-peer facilitation to help students transition to US culture, and often use strong student leaders, like Celine, as ambassadors to encourage students to speak up and participate in orientation activities. She is very friendly, approachable, and starts conversations with new students without being asked. She is very outgoing, and I believe as she continues her educational journey, I can see her flourishing into an outgoing global citizen and continue as a life-long learner."

Founders Environmental Stewardship Award

The Founders Environmental Stewardship Award is given to the student who exemplifies Cascadia’s commitment to responsible environmental stewardship. This individual models active learning, thinking, interacting and communicating green practices, sustainability and environmental education, and encourages others to do the same.

Sarah Blechner

Sarah Blechner

An excerpt from Sarah’s nomination: "While she’s a quieter student, she’s always willing to help with extra activities, is supportive of her fellow classmates and their ideas, and has contributed with her incredible art and design. She has on multiple occasions assisted both our Sustainability Office and UWB’s sustainability office with graphic design completely voluntarily, and has helped with campus farm activities.

"Her efforts for her capstone include desiging a children’s book with a sustainable theme, and is working with a community partner with the Environmental Education Research Center at St. Edward (State) Park. "

Camilla Palmer

Camilla Palmer

An excerpt from Camilla’s nomination: "She has been involved with our campus stormwater sampling project, even training new students who started after her, and working with Professor VanLeer to design a new berm-water holding structure to be built on campus. She was adamant about getting more information (out) about equity, and impact of concerns due to climate change – and with another student, helped found our campus podcast – the Common Caws for Sustainability; they ran their own mini-series, titled 'Climate Change is Happening, Now What?'. She’s a strong student, varied in her activities and interests, and always wants to find a way to work with others to make a better society and community."

Founders Diversity Award

The Founders Diversity Award encourages a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our campus community. The recipient of this award has made possible the expression of thoughts, ideas, voices, and experiences that foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

Sam Pozen

Sam Pozen

An excerpt from Sam’s nomination: "The reason that I am recommending Sam for this award is not only because of the outstanding work that he did as a student, always going above and beyond, but because his contribution to the classroom, his peers, and the subject matter. He also brought a lot of personal experience to the class, sharing his efforts and experiences with everyone. He deeply pondered the difficult materials and questions in the class. Sam became one of the strongest facilitators of the group. He helped others feel at ease in their small groups. He was sensitive to his peers and the topic. We covered racism to sexual violence. Whatever the topic, Sam was a positive force. He often shared with us his own experiences of being discriminated as a Jewish American. He talked about how he helped create workshops to help educate others about anti-Semitism. I believe Sam’s proactive stance against hate, really made him a true hero in my class because he championed those without voices, but also was gentle and allowed all voices to be heard. Sam is a natural leader, and I see making big strides in the world against Social Injustices."

Founders Service Award

The Founders Service Award recipient has dedicated their time and efforts to various student, campus and community programs. This individual exemplifies what it means to be a selfless contributor who works to ensure the successful completion of a number of events. The recipient also models best practices in committing their resources while maintaining academic success.

Sydney Griner

Sydney Griner

An excerpt from Sydney’s nomination: "Sydney Griner is an excellent student who has put her education into action to support members of her community during a very challenging time. She’s a fantastic role model for other students. (As part of a class assignment) Sydney asked if she could write about her experience because she was actively volunteering during the pandemic. She shared, 'At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, my mother began to volunteer at a food bank run by Northshore School District. One day, she came home and informed me about the situation at the food bank. Though many people donated non-perishable food, the amount of household products or hygiene items was severely lacking. Period products are an expensive necessity for most women. However, they are rarely donated to food banks. In the summer of 2020, my mother, sister, and I set up a plan to support women and students affected by the pandemic. Together, we decided to hold a period donation drive to collect feminine hygiene products to distribute to local food banks and Northshore School district.' This drive was hugely successful; Sydney wrote that, 'in the three weeks before the drive, over $4000 of physical donations arrived at our house and we had raised almost $3000 of monetary donations online.'"

Madeleine Hodgson

Madeleine Hodgson

An excerpt from Madeleine’s nomination: "An excerpt from Madeleine’s nomination: In our tutorials during this difficult quarter, her attendance has been unfailing, and she could always be counted on to contribute generously to every discussion. Her comments on her colleagues’ artwork are thoughtful, encouraging, and incisive; and she listens to and benefits from their ideas as well, really helping to give the tutorials an atmosphere of excitement about taking risks and exploring possibilities. Ms. Hodgson’s thorough prep work on each assignment, and the obvious time and commitment which she puts into her art, have helped raise the bar for all the classes in which I’ve taught her; she has truly been a great role model for her colleagues in every way.

"Beyond her terrific classwork (she has a 4.0 average in my classes) Ms. Hodgson’s hard work is paying off in terms of recognition and opportunities to contribute to the community. Her typographical self-portrait was chosen in 2019 for the Cascadia President’s Art Collection, and is on permanent display, framed in the hallway outside President Murray’s office. Ms. Hodgson is currently volunteering with a Seattle Children’s hospital board to create a logo for their Celiac Program; she is doing this on a pro-bono basis because of her desire to benefit Seattle Children’s in its work, as well as to build out her portfolio and gain experience in real-world graphic design."

Academic Commitment Award

The Academic Commitment Award is given to the student who goes beyond instructor and course expectations to enhance the classroom community and become a role model to peers.

Ericka Maddock

Ericka Maddock

An excerpt from Ericka’s nomination: "Ms. Maddock has been an exceptional student over the last two quarters. Her commitment to learning, her positivity, and her perserverence are often unmatched. She has been out of school for a long time, returning after a career in construction. She has also overcome a lot of hardship over the last few years. But, she has returned to college with an impressive work ethic and hunger to learn. What is more, she has modeled this to her younger peers and has brought them further in to the community of learners. That kind of mentorship has been invaluable to these students. She is a leader in every part of the course, from participating in study groups, to asking great questions to simply showing up – every time. Her presence has enhanced these courses for everyone, including for me. It is students like Ericka that bring me back to the classroom each and every year. I am inspired by her efforts and I have so enjoyed her humor and her presence. In my mind, no student has worked harder than Ericka this year. I hope she goes on to do wonderful things. She is the whole academic package!"

Clara Petersen

Clara Petersen

An excerpt from Clara’s nomination: "Clara not only exhibits strong academic commitment she is also an outstanding collaborator and leader in group work. She combines compassion, communication, sociability with her academic excellence. She has been an excellent leader in all her group projects. She is excellent at initiating the project, motivating her group members, providing constructive feedback, and finalizing her group assignments on time and with superior quality. In academic, social, and extra-curricular activities, she is a role model for her peers. She is participating in many clubs and volunteering in several student led services in campus. She is the president of Health & Science Club, she is a Community Engagement Officer at Cascadia spreading Kodiak spirit, building community, and encourage student involvement."

Cascadia Foundation Scholarship Recipients

The Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Foundation Scholarship Recipients.

Quarterly Honors

Cascadia places a high value on scholarship and rewards high academic achievement to students who distinguish themselves in the classroom each quarter. Students will receive an emailed electronic recognition for their quarterly academic honors achievement. To help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and keep you and our community healthy, the annual Honors Reception will not be held until further notice.

Quarterly President's List

Students who have earned a college level GPA of 3.9 or higher will be awarded President's Honors.

Quarterly Faculty Honors List

Students who have earned a college level GPA between 3.6 and 3.89 will be awarded Faculty Honors.

Graduation Honors

Students are awarded graduation honors based on the criteria below and recognized in the commencement ceremony program. For spring and summer graduates, the honors listed in the program are based upon their cumulative GPA as of the end of winter quarter because spring and summer grades are not yet available when graduation honors are determined. All students earning graduation honors will be given an honor cord to wear in the ceremony. Honors are posted on students’ transcripts at the same time their degrees or certificates are awarded and posted. Only Cascadia hours are used to calculate cumulative GPA for awarding graduation honors.

Graduation President's Honors — Gold Cord

Graduating students who have earned a cumulative (overall) college level grade point average of 3.9 or higher will be awarded President's Honors.

Graduation Faculty Honors — Silver Cord

Graduating students who have earned a cumulative (overall) college level grade point average between 3.6 and a 3.89 will be awarded Faculty Honors.