All-Oregon honor recognizes academic achievement, commitment of service
Each year, the Oregon Community College Association selects two Mt. Hood Community College students for the All-Oregon Academic Team, and this year's honorees are Meadow Geddes and Ryan Lindquist.
The award recognizes students for their academic achievement and commitment to service.
In April, all 38 scholars were honored at a brunch in Salem and greeted by Gov. John Kitzhaber.
The winners are eligible to apply for more than $350,000 in private scholarships, as well as transfer scholarships to four-year Oregon colleges, both public and private.
Geddes, 31, is the first person in her family to progress beyond high school, she says, adding: 'My commitment to academic excellence has never wavered.'
Among her other honors are the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation scholarship and her four terms on the Mt. Hood President's Honor Roll.
Geddes is enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mt. Hood and is interested in preventive healthcare. With two months to go before graduation, she already has a job lined up at a physical therapy clinic. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and has taught preschool as well as English as a Second Language.
Geddes is a mother who is interested in social and political issues. She helped organize a Greenpeace protest to stop deforestation of the California redwoods, and was a student group leader at a Nevada nuclear test site protest. More recently, she supported the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee, and served as class representative for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Oregon.
In 2008, Lindquist was facing some serious challenges: the loss of his long-term job, along with its health insurance, and his wife's major medical issues. They decided that his best course to a good career was higher education, specifically in business. He chose Mt. Hood because the tuition was affordable, and he heard good things about the instructors.
In 2010, Lindquist was almost ready to transfer to Portland State University to finish his business degree. But his chemistry professor, Dr. Joyce Sherpa, encouraged him to change to a science major, a path he says he finds satisfying. He won a Physical Science Division scholarship and has been on the President's Honor Roll for four terms.
Lindquist works 20 hours weekly at a handyman job, tutors in the college's Learning Success Center and volunteers for a children's science class.
He has been accepted by the University of Oregon, and eventually he hopes to earn a doctorate and pursue a career in medical research and development.
Lindquist speaks for both students when he says, 'I have met some very amazing instructors who believed in me and showed me that I can be and do something significant.'