Students Win All-Washington Academic Team Scholarships

April  2, 2014

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Kirkland, Wash.: Two Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) students were honored as members of the 2014 All-Washington Academic Team at a ceremony on Thursday, March 27, at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. Students Ian Smith of Seattle and Nova Beckwith of Edmonds were chosen by LWTech to represent the college in recognition of their academic performance and community service.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Nova Beckwith

Nova Beckwith

Ian Smith is working his way toward the career of his dreams in electrical engineering. Ian is taking courses in the Engineering Technology program and the Electronics Technology program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He takes on leadership roles in class projects, participated in NASA's CANSAT competition, and often tutors other students. Ian also helped set up a little ninjas program and teaches martial arts to 6-year-olds. His goal is to continue his education at a four-year university and eventually earn a master's degree.

Attending college is a dream come true for Nova Beckwith as she seeks to embrace all the opportunities made possible by her college experience. Nova is taking courses in the Motorcycle, Marine and Power Equipment program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. She is an officer in Skills USA and has volunteered time with EarthCorps and Obliteride. Nova plans to pursue an internship as the next step toward her career goal of becoming a business owner.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen was on hand to acknowledge recipients at the 19th annual ceremony, hosted by South Puget Sound Community College. This year's team consists of 68 students representing all the state's 34 community and technical colleges.

The program honors students who demonstrate a commitment to success in the classroom and services in their communities, and showcases Washington's community and technical colleges. Contributions from KeyBank provide each team member with a $250 scholarship, and every public and most independent four-year college and university in the state are offering scholarships to attend their institutions.

Phi Theta Kappa, KeyBank, TACTC, the Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges, and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges sponsor the event. Additional information event information can be found at

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) is a broad-based technical institute providing education in more than 40 areas of study and offering pathways to certificates, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees designed to give students the latest cutting edge skills relevant to today's workplace. Founded in 1949, LWTech offers hands-on, real-world training in manufacturing, transportation, energy, business, allied health, engineering, computer and information systems, food and hospitality, and health and fitness. For information and news about Lake Washington Institute of Technology programs, please visit our Pressroom.