Celebration of Excellence 2012


The Department of Communication held its 2012 Celebration of Excellence in CMU 120 on May 23. Here are the winners!

Scholarship Awards

Journalism Foreign Intrigue Endowed Scholarship

Katelin Chow

Kat is a senior in the University Honors and Department of Communication honors programs, studying journalism and Asian American studies. She’s excited to work for The Cambodia Daily in the summer and is passionate about reporting on immigrant communities. Recently, Kat worked for the Seattle Weekly as a food truck columnist and visual arts calendar editor. She is working with Allrecipes.com on creating its press website, and is interning with The Seattle Times’ digital news team. She recently jumped into political blogging with the UW Election Eye. Kat has also worked with NBC Universal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, KOMO News, the Seattle Review, Comcast, UWTV and The UW Daily. During her sophomore year, Kat helped create The Daily’s Double Shot, a bi-weekly, 30-minute news magazine show that’s still produced and aired statewide on UWTV. She also helps create and implement social media and public relations campaigns for the Pike Market Senior Center.

Erin Flemming

Erin is a junior majoring in Journalism. Currently, she is interning in the business section at the Seattle Times. Last quarter, Erin was a part of the department’s Olympia Program, in which she lived in Olympia for the legislative session and worked as an intern at TVW, where she got on-air experience on the Legislative Review TV show. This summer, Erin will be living in Amman, Jordan, and working as an intern at The Jordan Times through the department’s Foreign Intrigue program. Before moving to Olympia this past winter quarter, Erin worked at The Daily, where she has served as a writer and editor at the paper. Erin is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Kappa sorority. After graduation, Erin hopes to work in either broadcast or print journalism.

Katherine McKeon

Katherine began considering journalism late in her college career, upon realizing that textbooks on the IMF and the World Bank were only pieces of paper adorned with vague and rarely-followed rules. A double major in journalism and international studies, in her junior year she received the Fosseen Scholarship from the Jackson School of International Studies. This enabled her to work fewer hours waiting tables, and she began writing for The Daily. As the administration and politics beat reporter for two quarters, she threw herself into discovering the local inner-workings of our higher-ed institution. She is currently working on her honors thesis for her international studies major, regarding Iraq war media. Katherine was also awarded the 2012 Bonderman Fellowship, a travel grant for which she will visit 6 or more countries, in at least 2 regions of the world, in 10 months. Her theme is to visit countries that have unique story-telling traditions and that are portrayed negatively in Western Media. But before she begins this journey, she is excited to participate in the foreign intrigue program this summer, where she will intern for Reuters at their Bogota, Colombia bureau.

Azusa Uchikura

Azusa is a senior in the Journalism program. She was a legislative reporting intern for Northwest News Network through the department’s Olympia 2012 program and continued to cover the legislature and politics through the Seattle Times UW Election Eye blog. Her work has also been published on NPR, NPR affiliate stations in the Pacific Northwest and the Seattle Globalist. She has reported internationally for Berliner Rundfunk radio in Germany and will be reporting on the one year aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan this summer as the 2012 Common Language Project Fellow. The department’s Foreign Intrigue scholarship will be combined with the CLP fellowship for this project. After coming back, she plans to continue into a career in journalism.

Sandi Halimuddin

Sandi is a senior majoring in journalism and international studies. She hopes to pursue a career in journalism, with an emphasis on foreign policy and the environment. During this past winter, she traveled to Indonesia to research the UN’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) Programme through the Jackson School of International Studies’ Task Force. In 2010, Sandi received the Freeman’s Scholarship to study South Korean culture, health systems and health practices. Following graduation, Sandi hopes to travel abroad and teach English before facing real world realities.

Excellence in Journalism Scholarship

Ilona Idlis

Ilona is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. She’s been playing with words since immigrating to the United States from Russia in 2000. Ilona realized she wanted to be a journalist in high school, synthesizing her desire to write, travel and learn, into one career. Her hands-on experience in the field was limited to stints at Totem Talk and The Daily until this year, when she joined the UW Election Eye blog, a Seattle Times partner. Traveling with a top notch team of UW faculty and students, Ilona covered the Republican presidential nomination process in South Carolina, Nevada, Colorado and Idaho. It was a non-stop, whirlwind experience that taught her much about the realities and excitement of journalism. Now, Ilona still occasionally reports for the blog, studies publication design and freelances for local papers through News Lab. She hopes to secure an internship this summer and eventually become a foreign correspondent. Ilona has been on the Dean’s List every quarter. She received the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship in her freshman year and a Robert F. Philip scholarship through the Communication Department scholarship last year. In addition to academia, Ilona had been very involved on campus, serving on the executive board of the Young Democrats for two years. She is an AmeriCorps member and tutors preschool children in low-income neighborhoods in the JumpStart program.

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten is a junior studying Journalism and Education. Since attending the UW she has worked at The Daily, first as a page designer,later as a features reporter and currently as the paper’s Greek Beat Reporter. She has interned at The Seattle Times as a features reporter and at The Issaquah Press as a general assignment reporter. Currently, she interns at MSNBC and updates their breaking news mobile application,Facebook and twitter page. She has also been involved with The Daily’s Double Shot, helping to produce segments for the bi-weekly TV show. This quarter she is a part of the UW Election Eye class, which operates a page on The Seattle Times website. Here, she blogs about the 2012 Presidential and local election campaign. She has been on the dean’s list at UW severaltimes. In the future she hopes to use her journalism degree as a tool for a career in feature writing for an established print or online publication.

Fred Baker Endowment for Professional Education in Advertising and Public Relations

Sean Wong

Sean is a junior studying Communication and Marketing. He has a vested interest in advertising, and intends to enter the industry once he graduates. He credits the TV series ‘Mad Men’ with inspiring his interest, and likes to think he can talk people into buying things that they don’t need. Born in Seattle, Sean grew up in Singapore, where he was not the ‘A’ student he was expected to be. This is the first scholarship he has ever received, and he thanks the donors and the department from the bottom of his heart. He also wishes that his parents could be here to see this, but plane tickets are so very expensive. Sean likes to volunteer his services, and believes that helping others is the answer to a fulfilling life. He was involved in a mission trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2010 where he taught kindergarten children and helped install electricity in a small village. He also spent two years in the Singapore Armed Forces as a sergeant working on a runway dreaming of flying. This summer he is looking forward to working at the National University of Singapore in the Business School Executive Education Office where he will be organizing programs for middle management executives, collecting their name cards and adding connections to his LinkedIn profile. Sean is currently an active member of the UW Advertising Club and the UW Tolo Chapter of the Mortar Board National College Honor Society. During his free time, he skydives, organizes tandem skydiving for UW staff and students, and hones his bartending skills making cocktails, determined to break the stereotype of the typical Asian student. If you ever want to find Sean to get his autograph or ask him out, he can be found in COM 318A playing with cameras on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 1:00 where he is currently doing an internship.

Don Pember Journalism Endowed Scholarship

Evan Seguirant

Evan is a Washington native who began his education at the University of Washington in 2010 after graduating from North Thurston High School with Highest Honors (3.98 GPA) and competed in the WIAA State Tennis Championship. Upon arriving at the University of Washington, Evan has made the Dean’s List in five of his six quarters on campus while maintaining a 3.62 GPA. As a potential law school applicant, he is double majoring in Communication and Political Science. While on campus, Evan has maintained a balanced lifestyle, by competing for the club tennis team and by joining the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. By joining the recruitment team within Sigma Phi Epsilon, he continually evaluates candidates for membership as the fraternity becomes one of the top chapters on campus. Evan has always had a passion for teaching and pursues this passion on campus by tutoring at the Speaking Center.

Cassie Lawrence Bryant Endowed Scholarship

Eugenia Jacobsen

Eugenia is a junior majoring in Communication and minoring in Diversity Studies. A Portland native, Eugenia loves living in Seattle and the many opportunities and support it has provided, including last year’s Dan Warner/Bob Wiley Memorial scholarship. She is currently working as a Resident Adviser on campus and is interning at KCTS 9 public television’s community outreach department, where she has been working on projects for the 50th Anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Over the course of her studies and activities, Eugenia has developed a passion for fostering diversity and is very excited to be traveling to Barbados this summer with the Communication Department focused on Re-conceptualizing Communication and Difference.

Northwest Asian Weekly Scholarship

Daron Anderson

Daron is a senior double majoring in journalism and political science. While she loves writing, her favorite form of journalism is feature writing. At the University of Washington Daron has maintained a place on the Dean’s List and was last year’s recipient of the Blethen Award. To gain experience in journalism and public relations, she has held multiple positions, including working at The Daily of the University of Washington as the administration beat reporter. After leaving the paper, she became a fashion-marketing intern for Butch Blum (a Seattle boutique that specializes in European fashion). Currently Daron is a communications intern at the UW School of Law, where she writes feature stories for the UWLaw Alumni Magazine and the school’s newsletters. After graduating, Daron hopes to work in fashion journalism. This summer she is interning with Nordstrom.

Northwest Automotive Press Association Scholarship

Hillary Kirby

Hillary Kirby is a sophomore studying Journalism. She is particularly interested in the way media can affect public opinion. This interest came about when she became a member of the UW Dream Project, where she experienced the effects the mass media headlines had on students and parents ideas towards the accessibility of higher education. Currently, Hillary is a leader in the UW Dream Project, providing assistance to high school seniors hoping to gain entrance into higher learning institutions despite the negative media. She also writes features stories and designs pages for The Daily, as she has for the past year. In her two years left before graduation, Hillary plans to delve deeper into feature writing and gain enough experience in the media to work for a well-respected newspaper or magazine. She has been on the Dean’s List five out of six quarters she has been at UW.

Harold E. Carr Scholarship in Communication

Ana Knauf

Delta Kappa Epsilon Scholarship

Kyungeun Alex Hur

Kyungeun, a bilingual and bicultural immigrant from Korea, is a junior studying Communications and Culture as her major and Diversity as a minor. She is currently a Vice President of ABSA (Asian Business Student Association), Facilitator at FIUTS (Foundation of International Understanding Through Students), and a Grader for Korean Language Program. Being involved in these organizations has given Alex the opportunity to work with diverse group of people, to study different cultures, and has increased her appreciation of diversity. Last summer, Alex interned at the Korean General Consulate in Seattle as Command Post Assistant for Presidential Security Service during South Korean President Lee’s visit. She functioned as a bridge between Korean and American culture by interpreting between Korean and English for agents and professionals and facilitated the process for President Lee’s security. In 2010, Alex won the William A. Gallacci Scholarship and Korean University Alumni Association Scholarship. She has maintained a place in the Dean’s List and is a member of NSCS (National Society of Colligate Scholars).

Seattle Times/Blethen Family Memorial Scholarship

Daron Anderson

Daron is a senior double majoring in journalism and political science. While she loves writing, her favorite form of journalism is feature writing. At the University of Washington Daron has maintained a place on the Dean’s List and was last year’s recipient of the Blethen Award. To gain experience in journalism and public relations, she has held multiple positions, including working at The Daily of the University of Washington as the administration beat reporter. After leaving the paper, she became a fashion-marketing intern for Butch Blum (a Seattle boutique that specializes in European fashion). Currently Daron is a communications intern at the UW School of Law, where she writes feature stories for the UWLaw Alumni Magazine and the school’s newsletters. After graduating, Daron hopes to work in fashionjournalism. This summer she is interning with Nordstrom.

Courtney Liu

Courtney is a sophomore from Mililani, Hawai`i who recently got accepted into the journalism program here at the UW. She is involved with Hui Hoaloha Ulana (Hawai`i club), Sperantsa, LLC (an RSO that sells hats to bring hope to poor families in Romania and get them out of poverty), and a sister of Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority. After earning her undergrad degree she would like to attend graduate school somewhere and move to Los Angeles or New York City to pursue a career in journalism.

Robert F. Philip Scholarship

Kaitlin Lowell

Kaitlin is a sophomore studying Communication and Political Science who hopes to use the knowledge gained as an undergraduate to propel a professional career in mass-communication via marketing and community relations. The information-interpreting process fascinates her because it operates on many levels of humanity including the psychological, sociological and philosophical. As a result, she believes that a focus on marketing and community relations will grant her the ability to alter how people understand the political, cultural and social dimensions of the world in which we reside. Due to her devotion to schoolwork, she has been selected for the Dean’s list every quarter while at UW and is a tutor for public speaking students. However, to gain professional communication experience, she has expanded her learning beyond the classroom. She is an active member of her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. Additionally, she was a fashion-marketing intern at Butch Blum, a high end men’s retail store in downtown Seattle. And currently, she is an event-planning intern at the American Cancer Society, where she aids the event planning team in running events aimed at raising of 200,000 dollars for cancer support and research. She is also active within the UW community as an employee at the UW Office of Annual Giving, where she aids the University of Washington advancement program through cold calls to friends and alumni, informing them of the crucial importance of private support to higher educations and requesting their participation.

Krista Dyer

Krista is a junior who is completing a double major in Communication and Political Science as well as a minor in French. She plans on attending law school, and is interested in incorporating her French degree with the law to pursue international law. She will be studying abroad in France this summer quarter. Krista has worked as a classified advertising representative with the UW Daily since fall quarter 2011. She is currently working as an intern for Congressman Jim McDermott in his Seattle district office. She has enjoyed getting involved with different on-campus groups such as being a FIG Leader and participating in the UW Dream project. She has also been a senator since she started at the UW for the Associated Students of the University of Washington Student Senate. She is also a member of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta and has participated in their philanthropy, Autism Speaks, through events such as their 5k run. Krista has been on the Dean’s List every quarter she has been enrolled at the UW.

Christy Choi

Christy Choi enrolled at the University of Washington back in 2009 and is now about to enter her final year of college. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a career in Public Relations. In the past, she interned for the PR and Marketing department at ACT Theatre and volunteered as a Communications Director for the University of Washington’s first TEDx event on campus. Currently she is involved with the Undergraduate Theatre Society as the Publicity Director. She wishes to continue to work in the media and theatre industry and would like to sincerely thank the donors for helping her pursue this career.

Lucy Chen

Orlie Golan

Orlie Golan, born and raised in Seattle, began her education 2009 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rothberg International School. After completing her freshman year in Israel, Orlie returned to Seattle to continue her education here at the University of Washington. Since joining the Husky community, Orlie has consistently been on the Dean’s List and maintains high standing in both the Political Science and Communication departments, in which she is pursuing a double major. Her drive to succeed and passion for engagement landed her with two internships – the first is with Hillel, a Jewish student organization on campus seeking to enrich the lives of Jewish students both socially and culturally. The second internship is with an organization known as Washington Students for Israel. As an AIPAC trained student, Orlie has taken part in national conferences and political seminars as a University of Washington representative. Orlie will be studying abroad in Barbados this summer with the UW Department of Communication and plans to graduate next June. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education in pursuit of becoming a lawyer.

Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis is a senior, double majoring in Communications and Psychology. She has been very busy her past four years here at UW. While balancing school and sorority life, she has also held a part time job as the Human Resources assistant for Dunn Lumber Company. She enjoys using her double major to communicate effectively and understand the needs of each individual employee. Samantha works very hard in all aspects of her life and loves staying busy. She has been on the Dean’s List every year, is a part of both the National and UW chapter of Society of Human Resource Management organization, participates in the UW Women in Communications group, is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, serves on the Panhellenic Standards Board and just recently she ended her term as the Executive Secretary of her sorority. Samantha is the recipient of the Robert F Philip Scholarship, for her continued academic excellence. She is extremely interested in the field of communications and will be using her remaining quarters at UW to learn specific information that can help her succeed in a future of Human Resources management. This Summer she will continue to work, as well as take classes at UW. Samantha will graduate in December and is planning on working full time after graduation. She recently got accepted in the Human Resources Management certification program through Foster School of Business, and will start that program in October. Samantha was born and raised in Seattle and has no plans to leave the city after graduation.

Bob Doble Memorial Scholarship

Erin Flemming

Max and Monica Holsinger Scholarship

Luke Severn

Luke Severn is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in sales at the University of Washington, pursuing a career in sports writing and sports talk radio. He has made the UW Dean’s list several times and is a member of Mortar Board Honor’s Society Tolo Chapter, the oldest honor’s society at the UW. Since his freshman year, he has been a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the UW, serving as the chapter’s secretary, house manager, community service chair, senate representative, and pledge educator. For the past year, he has worked as a server assistant at Ray’s Boathouse, Seattle’s premier seafood restaurant. During fall quarter of his junior year, Luke worked as a brand ambassador for HP computers, marketing HP products, placing 14th in a competition with 32 other colleges around the country. Since January 2012, he has worked as a staff writing intern for UdubNation.com, UW’s basketball and football scouting website and affiliate of Rivals.com, one of the largest scouting services in America. Luke just became a contributing writer for The Daily, and hopes to become a staff writer at the beginning of the summer.

Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship

Valeria Koulikova

Valeria moved to Seattle from Russia seven years ago. Right now she is a sophomore studying journalism and international relations. Her inspiration to become a journalism major was her involvement with the Russian Youth club here at the University of Washington. She was one of the administrators at the club and her job was to organize events and record them both on film and paper. Last summer she went to an International Youth Forum Seliger in Russia where she and her colleague had a chance to present the organization and take a week lecture course in a Mass Media and Communication forum. During her involvement with the organization she had a great chance to interview a World Champion and a Guinness record keeper in swimming in ice cold water, Alexander Brylin, and is also involved in promoting his international project, International Relay Across the Bering Strait “Meeting of the Sun.” Now, she is excited to start taking journalism classes and start applying for internships. She is very interested in narrative journalism, photography, and international relations, so she is going to pursue the Global Affairs concentration and is hoping to combine all of these aspects in her future career.

Katie Lee

Katie, a 23-year old Korean-American immigrant, is currently a junior at the University of Washington. She is pursuing double majors in Spanish and Communication. The Kevin Ellis Endowed Scholarship is her first grand scholarship she has ever won, and she is thrilled to be here today. Katie enrolled in the university back in 2007 but chose to take time off to go back to Korea in 2009. During her 2 year-stay in Korea, she taught English at various age levels, worked as a part-time interpreter and a translator to support herself. Meanwhile, she discovered a passion for teaching and joy in utilizing the language and communication skills she had, and decided to come back to complete her studies in an academic setting. Jumping back into school was not an easy change but after finally catching up on study habits and the motivation to study, she successfully declared both majors and started to set specific goals. To achieve one of the goals to become an international asset and a global citizen, she studied abroad in Ecuador last quarter. During the 10-week Spanish program, she also volunteered at a preschool for low-income families teaching English. She organized and completed a few projects with the kids and made unforgettable memories with them. Katie has been, and still is, dedicating her time volunteering at her church as piano accompanist and teaching piano for free. She sincerely hopes that her undergraduate studies here at the UW will enhance her qualification as a better person in all aspects so she can continue to serve and give back to local and international communities.

Salyna Sek

Salyna is a junior studying marketing communications. She is interested in social media and company brand management. In the future, she would like to further her Communications degree by getting her MBA and working internationally. Salyna has been working at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture as a Marketing and Public Relations Assistant since last summer. There, she has created content for use on the website, press releases and newsletters in order to inform current members and attract new visitors. She likes to volunteer in her spare time for non-profit organizations and interact with people for a good cause. Currently she is the Co-Founder and Treasurer for the student organization FeelGood. FeelGood is a youth movement dedicated to ending world hunger one grilled cheese at a time. Salyna is also involved with Providence Hospice of Seattle’s Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for kids.

Linh Doan

Linh is an international student, who grew up in a rural area in North Vietnam. Every year when she goes back to visit her parents and family, she is involved in a communication organization, helping to raise a voice to help disabled children afflicted with Agent Orange. Her work there started five years ago when she was in high school. She is now working to earn a degree in education for disabled children, in order to return back to Vietnam and help them. Linh is planning to pursue a graduate degree in Communication in Intercultural Education along with a degree in Special Education. She says, “With my limited vocabulary, I cannot find enough words to express all my gratefulness to all of you, who are so kind and generous to give this scholarship to students like me. I wish all of you happiness. May the Ellis’ son rest in peace. I believe his life will be a great inspiration not only to me or any undergraduate who is interested in international communication, but also for all the youths who want to help the world be a better place.

Roller Scholarship in Communication

Hieu Lam

Hieu is a third year student at the University of Washington, double majoring in Communication and Business Administration. She is a student in the Foster School of Business and is interested in working in the marketing and advertising field. She enjoys analyzing the effectiveness of media messages on consumers through marketing and product placement strategies. Hieu has been on the Dean’s List multiple times and is also a recipient of the U.S. Bank Minority Scholarship. This past summer, she volunteered with an international English teaching abroad program in Vietnam to help elementary students improve their pronunciation and grammar. Hieu is involved in a number of volunteer projects through the Junior Achievement of Washington program, Dream Project, and the American Heart Association. She also formed the Bag-Free WA campaign to explore social media as a launching platform to increase awareness regarding the use of plastic bags and the need for an environmentally friendly alternative. She presented her project and research at the UW Communications and Environment Public Conference. After graduation, Hieu plans to obtain a Master in Business Administration and participate in programs that help underrepresented groups pursue higher education.

Dan Warner / Bob Willey Memorial Scholarship

Kayla Allen               

Kayla is a Junior studying Communication, while also participating in the Foster School of Business Sales Certificate Program. She is interested in marketing, public relations, and sales. This Spring Quarter, Kayla was selected, and is now working, as a student tutor for the Public Speaking Center. She was also nominated to participate in the Communication Department’s annual Jody Deering Nyquist Public Speaking Contest, in which she competed yesterday (May 22). Kayla is very involved in her Sorority, where she serves as her chapter’s Public Relations Chair. She is also a member of the campus club, PRSSA, or Public Relations Student Society of America. Kayla maintains a high GPA and has attained Dean’s List status for several quarters. This summer, Kayla will be interning in the Marketing Department of Providence Hospital in Everett, where she looks forward to doing hands-on work and gaining real world marketing and public relations experience. Next winter, Kayla hopes to study abroad in the Communication Department’s Rome Program. Through her participation in the Foster School of Business Sales Program, Kayla also hopes to intern at a local real estate office next spring.

Josh Chau

Josh is a Junior hoping to pursue a double degree in Communication and Business. He started doing publicity for campus events and was the first to serve on the Residence Hall Student Association Board of Directors as Publicity Director. He has also worked at the Tacoma School District for the English as a Second Language department to create appreciation events for the summer program. He has dedicated much time to volunteer services for non-profits. Currently, he works for YouthCare, an organization that provides services to homeless youth. There, he is creating a PR and publicity department to give the organization more exposure in Seattle. With the combination of business and communication, Josh hopes to work on marketing and advertising within a corporate setting.

Ruddick C. & Cherry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship

Melanie Stambaugh

Melanie is a senior pursuing a double degree in Communication and Business Administration. She was offered direct admission into the Foster School of Business as a freshman and added her Communication major this past winter. Melanie marches to the beat of her own drum, as a percussionist in the UW Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and traveled to Japan in 2010 on a UW music tour. As a sophomore, Melanie was selected to represent the UW and the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the 2011 Global Business Case Competition where she competed and placed in the final four of 12 international teams. Melanie is a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity holding several leadership positions and received the Alpha Phi Merit Scholarship last fall. Beyond the University of Washington, Melanie has competed in the Miss America Scholarship Program, winning Miss Pierce County’s People Choice Award and Best Interview Award. She enjoys and thrives when speaking in front of large groups and was recently a co-host on TV Tacoma. Melanie’s passions include music and education and loves volunteering with Communities In Schools and Urban Impact as a tutor at Rainier Beach High School. Melanie will be leaving to study digital music production and communication in Sydney, Australia this upcoming fall.

Seamus Labrum

Seamus Labrum, who hails from the East Coast, is from Cape May County, New Jersey. While in pursuit of a double major in Communication and Political Science, Seamus has maintained a high GPA, having the highest quarterly GPA within the Athletic Department and has been on the Dean’s List for six of the last eight quarters. Over the course of his studies, Seamus has written several articles for GoHuskies.com, with one later being featured on Row2k.com, a source for rowing-related news. All the while, Seamus has competed as a coxswain on the UW Varsity Rowing Team. He has won two IRA National Championships and two Pac-10 Conference Championships. During his freshman year, Seamus won the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on England’s Thames River in an eight-oared boat. It was the first time in the program’s storied history that a boat comprised of all true freshmen competed and won at Henley. In the summer of 2011, he gathered four rowers to compete in the four with coxswain boat category in an effort to earn a berth to Under-23 World Rowing Championships. He and his teammates won spots on the U.S. National Team and ultimately raced in Amsterdam, where they placed sixth overall on the world stage at those Championships. Consequently, leadership in these areas has prepared Seamus for his future endeavors to pursue a career in the field of broadcasting, as a journalist for a written publication, or in other associated journalism careers. This summer Seamus has been offered an internship with Jeremy Cothran, an Assistant Director of Communications for the University of Washington Athletic Department. The emphasis of this internship will be on coverage of Husky athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Robert L. Patterson Scholarship

James Kim

James, a Washington native, is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Communication with a focus in Rhetoric and Public Speaking, Political Science with a focus in Comparative Politics, and also a Sales and Marketing Certificate from the Foster Business School. As a freshman, he got plugged into the COM Department serving as a tutor in the Speaking Center helping students with various speaking assignments. He has continued in that position for over a year now. He has also held an internship within the Department under Professor Leah Ceccarelli, where he helped enrich and adapt a public speaking curriculum, which is now in use this quarter. He plays the trumpet full time in an indie rock band where he doubles as the social media manager. James aspires to pursue a PhD in Communication somewhere within the field of Rhetoric, from there his goal is teach Ancient Rhetoric someday at a university.

Vivian Tam

Vivian Tam is a junior double majoring in Communication and Sociology, and minoring in Environmental Studies. During her time at the UW she has maintained a place on the Dean’s List and is currently a member in Alpha Kappa Delta, the Sociology Honor Society, and is a first generation college student. For the past two quarters Vivian has been volunteering at the non-profit organization Heart of American Northwest as their Publications and Social Media Coordinator, working to inform members and students across the region about upcoming meetings, nuclear issues on the news, and educating and engaging with the general public on how to stay connected to Hanford issues. Vivian is interested in public relations and public outreach, as well as the role of media, the arts, and non-profit organizations in the influence of grassroots movements specifically revolving around the environment.

Impola Scholarship

Sarah Radmer

Sarah is a transfer student from Spokane Washington. She is a Journalism and Public Relations major. She intends to work in the Public Relations field after graduation, ideally for a non-profit in the Seattle area. She is a features reporter for The Daily student newspaper. She was awarded the 2010 Mark of Excellence award for Online Feature Reporting in the 2-year college category. She was also awarded third place for Reporter of the Year for 2-year colleges from the Associated Collegiate Press in 2010.

Flip Wilson Scholarship

Gregory Jackson

Greg, a Tacoma native, began his pursuit of higher education at the young age of 14. While attending middle school his attention was drawn to the University of Washington via Nate Robinson’s top 10-countdown drunk featured on ESPN’s “Sports center”. From that day forward he began his journey of seeking higher education. His main reason for pursuing the University of Washington was to play sports; it later changed exclusively to education. He began his freshman year at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in accounting. During his first two years he spent his time volunteering for various events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. parade held each year in Seattle. He was an active member in student organizations such as men promoting change (MPC), black student union (BSU) and the association of black business students (ABBS). He has since travelled to Argentina and Uruguay through the Communication department at the University of Washington. This trip allowed him to experience a world outside of his normal environment and reevaluate what he wanted to pursue. Since then he has tutored in the communication department writing center, and become a student ambassador while leading student panels and giving campus tours as well as volunteering in many campus wide events promoting diversity. He has also ventured to Ghana, located off the coast of West Africa, through the school of social work. This past quarter Greg also interned with the Communication department in the media center. Greg has now currently finished his major in the communication department and is on his way to graduation this June.
John H. & Harriet Reid Memorial Scholarship

Joseph Sutton-Holcomb

Joseph is currently a junior pursuing a major in Journalism and a minor in Environmental Studies. He first became interested in Journalism in middle school, and has worked steadily towards developing his writing and reporting skills since that time, working for his high school paper, the Vashon Island Riptide, and writing a column for The Vashon Island Beachcomber about youth issues in the community. Now, he is a staff reporter for the University of Washington Daily. Since working for the Vashon Island Forest Stewards in high school, Joseph has also been interested in environmental issues, and has pursued this field of study within and outside the University. He looks forward to building and maintaining green stormwater management systems – or rain gardens – for the Kitsap County Department of Public Works this summer, and currently plans to partner with AmeriCorps after graduation to do environmental volunteer work before pursuing a career in environmental journalism.

The Marty Wilson Scholarship was established in 1996 with memorial gifts received from her family, friends and admirers. Marty Wilson’s professional career began in 1957 with the development of a television program about education from the point of view of a parent. She produced numerous programs for KOMO-TV and served as a visiting lecturer in the School of Communications. In 1984 she was named National Presswoman of the Year. Ms. Wilson exemplified everything we encourage our journalism students to strive toward. The many achievements and awards throughout her creative and courageous career offer an example of what can be accomplished to a new generation of journalists.

Marty Wilson Endowed Scholarship

Jillian Stampher

Jillian is a sophomore who came to the UW to pursue journalism. Though new to the journalism major this year, she has worked on The Daily since her freshman year. Diversity, administration, and study abroad are all beats she has covered with her work there. Under these beats her coverage has ranged from breaking news to in-depth features. Hoping to expand her experience, she also writes for Arts & Leisure and designs. Jillian is interested in all types of journalism and hopes to expand to broadcast over the next year. In order to prepare for this she has been working on expanding the multimedia section of The Daily. While at UW she has maintained a steady GPA with Deans List recognition. She looks forward to more internship experiences during her time at UW.

Pioneer Newspapers Excellence in Journalism Awards

Legislative Reporting: Lexie Krell

krellLexie is from Wasilla, Alaska. She was a premedical student for about a month, at which point she became too busy writing articles for The Daily — the student paper — to study general chemistry. She thoroughly enjoyed her internship in Olympia, and continues to intern with The News Tribune in Tacoma. Crime, courts, business, technology, and state and local government are some of her favorite topics to cover, which leads her to believe there probably aren’t many beats she wouldn’t enjoy. She intends to be a hard-working and ethical reporter for many years to come, and is incredibly grateful to the supportive and understanding journalism faculty members who helped get her to the finish line of her undergraduate career.

Sports Writing: Kaelyn Sayles

saylesKaelyn Sayles graduated with her degree in journalism and minor in diversity after winter quarter 2012. She went to high school in Spokane, Washington, where her parents still live. During the summer before her junior year at the University of Washington, she discovered her passion for sports writing while enrolled in News Lab. She hasn’t looked back since, and has been an intern for Rivals.com for the past year. No surprise, her favorite course at the UW was her sports writing class taught by Jerry Brewer. Kaelyn is a proud member of the Chi Omega sorority and Order of Omega, a national honor society. She is currently looking for newspaper sports writing jobs, hoping to be able to stay in western Washington but prepared to move so she can pursue a career in sports writing.

Community Journalism: Mary Jean Spadafora

spadaforaMary Jean Spadafora will graduate from the University of Washington this spring with a double degree in Journalism and Political Science and a minor degree in Geology. Mary Jean has been involved in the journalism department since 2009, starting as a feature and news reporter for the student publication The Daily. During the 2010-11 school year, she focused on taking journalism courses, including a feature writing course where she worked on an article highlighting earthquake prediction research. The article was published in Crosscut in June of 2011. During the 2012 winter quarter, she interned at UW Columns and UW Viewpoints, where some of her community journalism coursework was published. During her time in the community journalism course, she also wrote articles for City Living Seattle and MyBallard.com. Currently, she is an intern for the metro desk at The Seattle Times and will intern at the Bellevue and Issaquah Reporters this summer. Mary Jean is also a former recipient of the Northwest Journalists of Color scholarship (2008), 911 Media Arts Scholarship (2011) and a Deans List scholar since 2009. Mary Jean is from Kent, WA.

Entrpreneurial Journalism: Stephanie Kim

kimStephanie Kim is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in journalism and political science. She has worked with The News Tribune in Tacoma and also with The Seattle Times in Olympia, where she reported on the 2012 legislative session. During her time with The News Tribune and The Seattle Times, she has accumulated about 100 bylines. Kim was also the editor-in-chief at her community college’s newspaper. She enjoys using multimedia components to tell a story. Her first multimedia piece, “A Vinyl Renaissance Hits the Streets of Ballard” was published through Next Door Media. Kim grew up in Tucson, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona for two years. Upon graduation, Kim hopes to attend law school. She is interested in constitutional law, specifically first amendment law. She is also interested in practicing human rights law.

Entrpreneurial Journalism: Chris Foster

fosterChris Foster is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in journalism. He has interned with the Ballard News Tribune, and has contributed to several community newspapers through the department of communication’s news lab. He also contributed to the University of Washington softball team’s online magazine, “Husky Fever,” which was created by Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times.Foster grew up in Seattle, and attended Shoreline Community College for two years before transferring to the University of Washington in 2010. He hopes to continue writing after he graduates this summer, specifically for a sports-affiliated organization.

Feature Writing: Amy Smith

Amy Smith has been a life-long resident of Pacific Northwest.  After graduating from high school, Amy took a break from school and worked in retail management.  In 2006, Amy returned to school to pursue a degree in journalism. Amy enjoys the opportunities of meeting new people and learning new things that working as a journalist affords.  She is especially passionate about stories that cover the arts, food and politics. Amy is thrilled and very proud to have graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in journalism, and is grateful to her professors for their help and guidance. Amy looks forward to her future in journalism.

Health & Medical Reporting: Celina Kareiva

kareivaCelina Kareiva is a graduating senior of the University of WA, majoring in journalism and international studies. Born and raised in Seattle, she’s interested in pursuing her journalism career abroad, in particular reporting on diversity issues and immigrant and refugee communities. This summer Celina will be writing for the Dallas Morning News feature’s desk.

Design & Editing: Sheridan Smalley

smalleyGrowing up in Edmonds, Washington, Sheridan Smalley always enjoyed reading and writing. These passions combined with her inquisitive nature spurred her to pursue the journalism major, with a special interest in editing. Outside of school, she enjoys such pursuits as playing the piano, playing tennis and traveling. A rising senior, she is currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy and enjoying the adventure to the fullest. After making the most of her senior year, she hopes to travel further and eventually enter a career in editing and design. She sees the future as uncertain but bright and, most importantly, is incredibly honored and appreciative to be the recipient of this award.

Deborah Kaplan Awards

In the category of “A Story about People on the Margins”

Elke Hautala, “Sleepless in San Francisco

In the category of “A Story about People on the Margins”

Carlos Reiner, “Making People Uncomfortable

In the category of “Demonstrates a Powerful Epiphany”

Mali (“Molly”) Aune Main, “Aurora Avenue

In the category of “Human Personality Profile”          

Jessica Johansson, “Chemo

 In the category of “An Important Public Issue”

Jacqueline Habaluyas,  “Combat PTSD”

In the category of “A Strong Writing Style”

Joseph Sutton-Holcomb, “My Black Band Shirt

Jody Deering Nyquist Undergraduate Research

In the Area of Social Interaction

Kai Amaral

In the Area of Communication Technology & Society

Melissa Martz

In the Area of Communication & Culture

Jessica Kamzan

Anna Chatilo

Pasha Kazerouni

In the Area of Communication Technology & Society

Claire Palay

Chad Robischon

Jessica Naluai

Jody Deering Nyquist Awards for Excellence in Public Speaking

Jacob Isenberg, Buffett Rule

Landon Whitbread, Internet Freedom (1st Place)

David Soltys, Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

Thank you to our judges!

Public Speaking Judges

Libby Catalinich (’82) Director of Corporate Communications for REI

Terry Tazioli (’70) Patient Outreach Specialist at Health Advocacy Strategies, LLC Host of Well Read at TVW and KBTC-TV

Pioneer Awards Judges

Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times

Mike Henderson, Department of Communication

Usha McFarling, Department of Communication

Jessica Partnow, Common Language Project

Karen Rathe, Department of Communication

Joanne Silberner, Department of Communication

Roger Simpson, Department of Communication

Alex Stonehill, Common Language Project

Sarah Stuteville, Common Language Project