Bates students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Monday, March 18

For Immediate Release: March 18, 2013


Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106                                

Kimberly Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.5219   

Bates students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Students will receive scholarships and recognition as part of prestigious academic team   

TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College students Tovah Singleton and Katie Wilkinson have been selected as members of the All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement and community service.  

Tacoma natives Singleton and Wilkinson will receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by KeyBank, and the two will have the opportunity to receive other scholarship awards.  Additionally, every Washington state public and private four-year college will extend scholarships to all academic team members.  

Singleton, 33, is a full-time Legal Assistant student who volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), helping to assure the safety and well-being of children in the state's care, and interns at a local criminal law office. Singleton enrolled at Bates following a career-ending injury as a first step to becoming a lawyer-a long-held dream. Following graduation this year, Tovah will pursue a law degree. "I tend to jump right into every aspect of my life with a positive attitude and a smile on my face," said Singleton.

As Bates' first chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa, Katie, 25, hopes to become a certified biomedical equipment technician in the booming medical field. When she's not studying or working as the ASG's secretary, Katie can be found at Tacoma General Hospital, working as a support service technician to gain experience in the field and pay for school. "I am hard working and motivated to succeed, and I am proud of myself for not giving up," said Wilkinson.

Singleton, Wilkinson and other top scholars from the state's 34 community and technical colleges will be presented with their medallions at noon on March 21 at a ceremony in Olympia, Wash, and will have an opportunity to meet with Governor Jay Inslee.  

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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