Sonja Rootvik and Christina Stamper, both Walla Walla Community College students, and fellow honorees from around the state were feted as the 15th annual 2010 All-Washington Academic Team.
Altogether, 63 students representing 32 of the state's community and technical colleges were honored by Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges.
A reception and a recognition program, which featured Gov. Christine Gregoire as keynote speaker, were held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.
KeyBank and Northwest Education Loan Association made $750 scholarships available to each member of the 2010 All-Washington Academic Team.
Sonja, 19, is an art/design major in honors program classes with a 4.0 GPA. She maintained straight-As while at Walla Walla Valley Academy and graduated from there in 2008. She's also a third-generation commercial fisherman, who joins her family's fishing business each summer in Bristol Bay, Alaska. She actively supports the natural habitat and has raised funds locally for a Zimbabwe orphanage, participate in the World LVision organization and in local food bank drives and led a three-hour famine to raise awareness of world hunger.
Sonja plans to go to Ethiopia for a six-month mission experience, beginning in September, then will enroll for a degree program pursuing a yet to be determined major. Her parents are Lauri and Dennis Rootvik.
A sociology major, Christina, 28, holds a 3.75 GPA while also a mother, wife and small business owner. She was cited for her determination, stamina and ideas for sustainability and environmentally green projects.
On April 19, USA TODAY named 20 students to its 20th annual All-USA Community College Academic Team, and Christina was among those honored for outstanding intellectual achievement and leadership. The students will receive a $2,500 cash award.
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