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The Class of '21

Highline student paves way to success through leadership

Samantha Sebring has worn more hats than most in her time as a student at Highline.

She has been the community budget coordinator for the Center for Leadership and Service; chair of the Services and Activities Budget Committee; student representative to Highline’s Budget Advisory Council.

She has served as a member of the CORE Leadership Team; received a Student Legacy Award; stayed a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society; and maintained her honor roll-qualifying GPA.

Highline student proud to graduate this year despite challenges

Though it wasn’t always easy, Ramla Geilani is proud to say she’s graduating this year.

The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped her college experience and made things harder, she said.

“The hardest thing about graduating college during a pandemic was starting to lose motivation,” Geilani said. “Us college students didn’t really get to experience the regular college experience this past year and a half due to the pandemic.”
And even before classes went remote, it took some time for her to adjust to Highline.

Highline accounting student looks back on all he’s learned

Highline helped Tyler Ing-Pich find his voice.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people apart, he said he’s managed to grow close to those around him, all while learning more about himself and the person who he wants to be.

“Throughout my two years as a Highline student, I have been able to meet and connect with peers, professors, and counselors who have undoubtedly helped me grow significantly as an individual,” said Ing-Pich.

Legal studies student finds an education, career, lifelong friends through program

Returning to school gave Cathleen Turner the career path she wanted, alongside a better future for both her, and her daughter.
That’s not to say that it’s been an easy journey.

“It was a new beginning for me, I was really burned out with all the jobs I was doing. I wanted to go back to school to solidify a new opportunity,” Turner said.

Before becoming a mom, Turner was prepared to go to law school. So when her daughter came, plans had to shift.

Student finds her way back through poetry

Poetry helped Emily Hamilton reclaim rhyme and reason in her life.

Hamilton is a returning college student finishing her AA degree with honors and is an editor for Arcturus, the college literary magazine.

She will be working on her bachelor of applied science in Global Trade and Logistics at Highline in the fall.

Highline student ready to start next chapter of her life

Mary Belay is ready to shut her laptop and get back into the classroom.

When she first made the decision to attend Highline two years ago, she didn’t expect to be spending more hours on Zoom than on campus. And adjusting to the new learning environment proved to be a challenge.


Financial limitations not enough to halt light rail project

Sound Transit’s Federal Way expansion project will not be delayed, even in the wake of the pandemic’s economic downturn.

The project, which began last year and will include a station close to campus, came to a sudden albeit not long-lasting stop in the early days of the pandemic. The work stoppage did not last long enough to seriously hinder the construction timeline, but Sound Transit’s worries did come in the form of some financial obstacles.


BAS open house introduces students to Highline’s four-year degrees

Students looking into four-year degrees for the fall may want to tune in for Highline’s summer BAS open house.

Highline offers six BAS degrees for students.

A BAS degree stands for Bachelor of Applied Science, a degree often designed to be built off of an associate’s degree.

Virtual commencement returns with a new wrinkle

Due to the success of last year’s virtual commencement, Highline will be holding a virtual commencement ceremony and a cross-the-stage event on June 17.

Thomas Bui, director of the Center for Leadership & Service at Highline, said that there is a difference between graduation and commencement.

Student employee of the year works hard to get where she’s at

Student Employee of the Year Heydie Martinez Gonzalez attributes her award to the hard work she’s put in, and those who have helped her along the way.

Martinez Gonzalez was announced as the 2021 student employee of the year on June 1, by the CASE Center.

She’s worked at the Transition Success Center for two years, since her start in 2019 at Highline.


Highline's Velasco leads NWAC in scoring, eyes next season

The lack of a championship did not diminish Alex Velasco’s enjoyment of the Highline men’s soccer season.

The NWAC’s leading scorer said he will back next year to try to win one, however.

“Alex is such a blessing to be around. On the field he’s setting the standard for us all…Off the field it’s nothing but smiles and good times with Alex,” said teammate Jorge Figueroa.

Littlemans build 40 years of Highline volleyball legacy

Coaching volleyball is a rite of passage for the Littleman family.

Forty years ago Coach John Littleman coached Highline’s women volleyball team, and for the past 11 years his son, Chris Littleman, has continued the tradition.

For John Littleman he began coaching volleyball at the High School level where he took home four State Championships.


‘True Grit’ comes in light and darker versions

True Grit is one of the most well-known western stories for a good reason.

There are two different films: the original made in 1969 (directed by Henry Hathaway) and the remake made in 2010 (directed by Ethan and Joel Coen).

Both films are based on a novel by the same name written by Charles Portis in 1968. The Coen brothers’ version is the most faithful to the book.

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Student government elections to be held June 2 and 3

The Associated Students of Highline College will hold its 2021-2022 elections beginning Wednesday, June 2.