Two Clark students named to the All-Washington Academic Team

Tami Eldridge and Lauren Stanton

Clark College students Tami Eldridge and Lauren Stanton have been honored as members of the 2012 All-Washington Academic Team. As team members, Eldridge and Stanton are eligible for multiple scholarships from colleges, universities, local businesses, and the Clark College Foundation. They were recognized by Gov. Chris Gregoire at a ceremony in Olympia on March 22.

Eldridge spent part of her youth in a homeless shelter as her single mother struggled to support the family. When Eldridge’s own children entered elementary school, Eldrige began considering a career as a teacher. She chose to attend Clark because its flexible class times allowed her to balance her studies with her family life. Elridge has a 3.98 GPA. In June, she will graduate from Clark College with an A.A. degree. She has been accepted into the B.A. in education program at WSU Vancouver and is considering a career as a middle school math teacher.

The 20-year-old Stanton has earned a 3.77 GPA and has become active in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Through Clark’s chapter, she organized a project to provide Thanksgiving dinners for 274 students who could not easily have afforded one. Stanton plans to attend WSU Vancouver in the fall. She will major in history as she pursues her goal of becoming a college professor.