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Highline College seeking nominations for Distinguished Alumnus Award

Deadline for nominations is May 7.

Highline College is seeking nominations of alumni who are making an impact in their own communities.

Nominations are now open for the 2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award, an annual award that honors former Highline students who have made notable achievements in their profession or society, according to the college.

Eligible nominees are former students who attended Highline five or more years ago (prior to the 2016–17 academic year).

Last year’s award was given to Michele Pedicone, a respiratory care and allied health professor in New York who graduated from Highline in 2007. She was recognized for her commitment to educating future respiratory care professionals during a time when the need was at an all-time high because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s winner, to be selected this spring, will also join 1998 winner Ann Rule, an internationally acclaimed crime author who attended Highline in 1972-1973, and the award’s first recipient in 1990, winner Norm Rice, the former mayor of Seattle who attended Highline from 1968-1969.

Past recipients also include Angela Sheffey-Bogan, a principal at a local elementary school; Sam Green, Washington state’s first Poet Laureate; and Scott Crueger, an award-winning photojournalist for KIRO-TV.

The college is looking for nominees who have made a significant contribution through community service, noteworthy professional achievement and/or recognized leadership. These award nominees may be submitted by faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Highline College.

The deadline for nominations is May 7.

Nominees will be asked to submit a resume and personal profile questionnaire for review by a campus selection committee. The person selected will be asked to speak at Highline’s annual Spring Luncheon for staff and faculty and will be recognized later that evening at Highline’s commencement ceremony June 17.

Online nomination forms are available through the Alumni Relations website. Nominations may also be emailed to or mailed to: Highline College Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 98000 MS CV-3, Des Moines, WA 98198.

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