2013 STUDENT OF THE YEAR FINALISTS HIGHLIGHTS
to our 2013 Student of the Year finalists. Get to know our finalists
and the Shasta College instructors who were an instrumental part in
their academic success.
WOODRUFF - Vita Benchasky
Woodruff inspired me to be the best at being me. He took his time to show me and help me with
anything I needed help with. He
encouraged me to achieve success. His
kind manner and wonderful sense of humor are
pleasant. He became my
inspiration from day one. I enjoyed two
math classes with him and know that those classes are what helped me to be
where I am today.
WESTPHAL - Katie Brock
Westphal has introduced me to several volunteer opportunities. She has always been there for me and is an
excellent instructor. She really cares
about the outcome of her students.
BITTNER - Kelly Couch
Bittner, what an awesome mathematician. His
patience and teaching style deserve a metal.
If you have ever hear the phrase "No child left behind", well
Professor Bittner leaves no student behind.
He truly cares about his student’s success and believes that hard work
and a good study habits are all it takes.
We put in the effort and he puts in his time, even going as far as
teaching an extra class on Saturdays before a final.
RUPE - Charlotte Gibson
Rupe gave me the extra push when I didn't know if Family Studies was the right
major for me. She had just the right
words. “It is not going to be easy, but
you can do it.”
MARVIN ABTS - Jennifer Janssens
In the endless hours
and late nights that I spent in the Anatomy labs, Dr. Abts was there to explain
any questions that I had. He has devoted
his life to helping his students master the subject of Human Anatomy. I have learned the importance of committing the
time necessary to study and have been more successful in my classes.
MORGAN HANNAFORD - Sukhwinder Jhooty
Hannaford's class assured me that I was in the right major and that I am
following my strengths. His wonderful
teaching and care with his class
allowed me to get the highest grade in my college career. He taught the subject sufficiently and
strengthened my career goals. His
passion and interest in such an arid topic allowed me to put more interest back
into my other classes.
ANDREA WILLIAMS - Sonia Moss
truly enjoyed Dr. William's class as it challenged me. She expected to see work that was at a
professional level, preparing us for future endeavors in the business
world. She was a firm believer that hard
work pays off and was an example of commitment and perseverance which she
expressed through her relative personal.
She gave of herself above and beyond.
Dr. Andrea Williams encouraged me and supported me. Her influence has allowed me to flourish
academically, professionally and personally.
GILBERT-AHRENS - Christina Sain
leadership, knowledge and kindness have been paramount to my academic
success. There have been times when I
wanted to throw in the towel and quit.
Rosie always reminded me just how much I have accomplished. She reminds me that I can be successful and
to believe in myself. Without Rosie
being an Advisor, Counselor, Teacher and Cheerleader, I would not be applying
for EOPS Student of the year.
NOLTE - Ryan Salas
Nolte got me so excited about a career in natural resources that I could hardly
contain myself. His passion for the
field of natural resources and for the success of his students is quite
WAITE - Brianne Sullivan
Waite's classes have given me the hands on experience that I needed to feel
comfortable in the field. Her ongoing participation in school activities and her
interactions with students continue to create a confident and comfortable
environment. Leimone gave me the
opportunity to be her assistant at the Shasta College Farm working in the
Horticulture department. She introduced
me to the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society and encouraged
me to compete in an international horticulture competition called PLANET. She allowed me to explore my own creativity and
I am so very grateful for having Leimone as a mentor, educator, and
CANDACE BYRNE - Nancy Tonnemacher
Bryne helped put me at ease with her earnest commitment to helping when I was
nervous and apprehensive about coming back to school. She was very knowledgeable and always more
than willing to give her time and encouragement. She brought out in me a desire to learn and
the love of reading and writing again.
She is truly an amazing individual.