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WCC alums named outstanding graduates at Western Washington University
Three Whatcom Community College alums were named 2015-16 Outstanding Graduates at Western Washington University. According to WWU, faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.
Joseph Eason graduated magna cum laude in March 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Accounting and Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He is also the 2016 Outstanding Graduate in Decision Sciences and was selected to be the student speaker at his Commencement ceremony. He was a member of the Management Information Systems Association, and vice president of the accounting club, Beta Alpha Psi. He was also selected by faculty to be a member of IT Leadership to educate people about the MIS major in order to encourage more people to get involved. Throughout the 2014-15 school year Eason was an intern with the Washington State Auditor’s office, and spent a summer interning at Symetra Financial in Bellevue. The son of Robert and Brenda Eason and the husband of Anna Fox, Joseph Eason graduated from Spanaway Lake High School and Whatcom Community College. After graduation, he became an information security analyst for Symetra.
Emma-Lee Hefton will graduate in summer 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education, a minor in Spanish, and as the Outstanding Graduate in Community Health. At Western, Hefton served as a Peer Health Educator focusing on alcohol and other drug risk reduction. She also worked as a home care assistant for Catholic Community Services. She won a Western Libraries Undergraduate Research Award and the Evelyn Ames CHES Award. This summer, she’ll complete an internship as a community health intern at Skagit Regional Health in the Outreach and Development department. A graduate of Crescent High School in Joyce and Whatcom Community College, Emma-Lee Hefton is the daughter of Mac Hefton and the late Sandra Hefton, and the partner of Chelsea Bradley.
Madelynn Libolt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with certification as an elementary teacher, an endorsement as a Highly Qualified Middle Level Science teacher, and as the Outstanding Graduate in the Elementary Education Department. She interned for three quarters in a third-grade class at Roosevelt Elementary School in Bellingham and completed three practica experiences in science, math and literacy in schools throughout Bellingham. Later this summer, she’ll begin working as a fifth-grade teacher at Everson Elementary in the Nooksack Valley School District. A graduate of Lynden High School and Whatcom Community College, Madelynn Libolt is the wife of Josh Libolt and the daughter of Joel and Teresa Kossmann.