Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College
SPSCC today announced Zeyad Abdelrehim and Desirée Chantal Toliver as its two students recognized as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. They will be celebrated at an April 15 virtual ceremony, which also honors students from other community and technical colleges in the state.
Zeyad was born and raised in Port-Said, Egypt, and came to the U.S. with a dream to study engineering in college and enjoy the freedoms that only America could offer him. It has been his dream since he was young to work for NASA or a company like SpaceX. His long term goals are to become an expert in his field of study, find a job he loves, and contribute to the scientific advancement of mankind.
After Desirée experienced incredible compassion from a nurse during a hospital stay she knew that nursing was a field she wanted to enter. Motivated to become a better version of herself to set an example for her daughter, Desirée’s career goal is to become either a psychiatric nurse or a midwife to advocate for Black women’s health and help dismantle inequities that BIPOC patients experience.
About the All-Washington Academic Team and Phi Theta Kappa
SPSCC has the honor of hosting the All-Washington Academic Team ceremony each year. The 60 students who make up this year’s All-Washington Academic Team reflect the diversity of the state, exhibiting high standards of excellence and positive contributions to their communities. Each All-Washington Academic Team member will receive a Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) medallion and a $250 scholarship from KeyBank. The top 16 students, as ranked by PTK, will receive an additional $750 from Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) and the top three will receive an additional $1,000 from the Washington State Association of College Trustees.