Distinguished Alumni Award

2024 Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations are now OPEN! Nominations due by March 15, 2024.


2023 Distinguished Alumni Award

Stacey Cadwallader '18

2023 Distinguished Alumnae Recepient Jessica Wakefield

The Foundation is pleased to announce Stacey Cadwallader as the recipient of the 2023 LWTech Foundation Annual Distinguished Alumni Award!  We will formally honor her at Commencement on June 16, 2023.

A passionate community leader, entrepreneur, wife, and mother, Stacey always dreamt of being a professional baker. When her youngest child started school, Stacey was determined to chase that dream, and enrolled in the Baking Arts program at LWTech in Fall 2015. Stacey graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2018, earning her Associate of Applied Science in Baking Arts. She fondly remembers participating in both the Washington State Governor’s Inaugural Ball and Annual Cookie-Fest Benefitting the MILK Fund while at LWTech, which helps families in need throughout the greater Seattle area.

Stacey embodies the transformative spirit of LWTech—she is deeply engaged in both her residential community and the greater Seattle baking community, giving generously to improve the lives of others. From donating dozens of cakes and treats each year to local clubs and bake sales, to sponsoring high school sports teams, Stacey takes great pride in lifting up those around her. Through her restaurant, The Sweet Life Bakery and Café located in Lake Stevens, Stacey annually sponsors the Lake Stevens High School Cheerleaders, Riptide Youth Baseball Club, Lake Stevens High School Soccer Team, Lake Stevens Film Festival, and Lake Stevens Miss Aquafest Pageant. She is highly regarded in her field and has provided baking demonstrations at the Evergreen State Fair and has also served as judge of the Annual Lake Stevens Baking Contest and Lake Stevens Aquafest Float Parade.

Not only is she deeply involved in her own community, but she continues to give back to Lake Washington Institute of Technology through her role on the Baking Arts Advisory Board and as a substitute instructor. Stacey enjoys working with students and helping the college evolve and grow while enabling others to find their passions and follow their own dreams.

Stacey’s former instructor, LWTech Baking Arts department chair Chef Janet Waters, says, “Although baking and running a business is a lot of work, you can tell that Stacey truly loves what she does, and it shows in her work ethic.”

In her free time, Stacey enjoys adventuring in the outdoors with her husband and six wonderful children. Congratulations to Stacey on this well-deserved honor!

About the Distinguished Alumni Award

Established by the Lake Washington Institute of Technology's (LWTech) Office of the President in 2013, this is the highest honor the institution can bestow upon an alumnus in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service to the college and/or the community.

The winners of this award exhibit the qualities of community and professional leadership that are symbolic of the mission of LWTech. They promote excellence, inspire others to reach their potential, encourage personal growth, and promote the enrichment of life through education and community service.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an individual who exemplifies at least one of the two following criteria:

  • Has achieved success in their business, profession, military, or other vocational endeavors
  • Has achieved success in their community, civic and/or volunteer activities

A distinguished alumnus is selected each spring from nominations received from the community. Each year's award recipient is honored at the LWTech Commencement ceremony held in June.

To be eligible for this prestigious award, nominees must have earned a minimum of 15 quarter credits from LWTech. Additionally, winners will be selected based upon notable achievement in his/her career, military or vocational field, outstanding service to the community and/or LWTech, and inspirational impact.

Past Winners