Bates students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Monday, March 5

TACOMA, Wash. - Bates Technical College students Shannara Phillips and Dayna Willingham were selected as members of this year's All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement and community service.

Phillips and Willingham are both enrolled in the Legal Assistant program, and share a common vision: to become lawyers and help disadvantaged children and youth.

Phillips, a mother of three, said becoming an attorney is her childhood dream. The dream includes starting a law firm, performing pro bono work for juveniles who need help, and becoming involved in local politics. The Puyallup native is also the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Willingham enrolled in the Legal Assistant program to secure a better future for her family. The Tacoma mother of two is also passionate about helping children. While at Bates, she helped coordinate donations to Toys for Tots, and she explored the effects of bullying in schools as an assignment for an English class. Because of her passion for kids, as a lawyer, she hopes to be an advocate for children.

The two students currently intern at local law firms, and will continue their education at The Evergreen State College upon graduation this year.

As members of the All-Washington Academic Team, both Phillips and Willingham will receive a $250 scholarship sponsored by KeyBank, and will have the opportunity to receive other scholarship awards. In addition, nearly every Washington state public and private four-year college offers scholarships to All-Washington team members.

Phillips, Willingham and other top scholars from the state's 34 community and technical colleges will be presented with their medallions at noon on March 22 at a ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years, 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 in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information about the state's largest public technical college, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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