Clatsop Community College Announces 2017 Outstanding Student Scholars

Clatsop Community College is proud to announce the Outstanding Student Scholars for 2017, Haley Werst of Astoria, OR and Chris Patenaude of Astoria, OR. Faculty and staff nominate students whom they believe are most outstanding in terms of excellence in the classroom, general intellectual curiosity, service to the college and their community, and the ability to share their talents with others.

The two finalists were honored with a trip to Salem for a luncheon with student scholars selected by other Oregon community colleges and their presidents on April 17th. On that day, they were presented to the House and the Senate where the governor met each scholar individually and presented them with a plaque noting their academic accomplishments. They also receive an Oregon transfer scholarship.

Haley Werst is in her final year at Clatsop Community College working towards an Associate of Arts and plans to transfer to Portland State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Film. She is a part of the Honors Program as well as member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Cosplay Club, and the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) robotics team. Haley is a member of the Portland Superheroes Coalition which is a non-profit group, based in Portland, made up of cosplayers who want to benefit their community through their art. Haley reflected on her first event with this group, “My first event was a visit to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. I dressed as Rey from the new Star Wars films and, with my fellow supers, visited sick kids in their rooms. The surprise on their faces when they saw their favorite characters come through the door was priceless. Several little girls hugged me ecstatically, thrilled to meet a “real” Jedi. We brought smiles to their faces in a place where smiles are hard to find.”

Chris Patenaude will be graduating with an Associate of Arts with a focus in Computer Science from CCC and plans to transfer to Oregon State University to pursue a major in engineering. “I want to go beyond computer programing and development and get into computation mathematics and algorithms,” Chris explained about his area of study. “I got into this when a friend of mine started learning to program and I tried it out and really got a passion for it. It brought a desire to go back to school and really study the subject.” Through his studies and time at CCC, Chris has been selected to go to a NASA facility to design and implement a Mars-bound rover as a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar and had the opportunity to intern at the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory in Wisconsin. His experiences and studies through CCC have him ready for the next step in his education, “CCC is an inspirational place to go to college. The teachers care about your learning and offer great opportunities,” he concluded.

Pat Keefe, CCC’s Physics Instructor, coordinates the Outstanding Student Scholar selection process, which is sponsored by the Oregon Community College Association. For further information, please contact Pat at 503-338-2434.

Photo : (L to R) Haley Werst, Co-Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Teena Toyas, and Chris Patenaude at the Outstanding Student Scholars luncheon in Salem.


It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Leslie Lipe, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer in the CCC Library, Suite 108B, 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Title II/Section 504 Coordinator, Christine Riehl, is located in the Student Services Center, 503-338-2474.

Declaración de no-discriminación
Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Biblioteca oficina número 108, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Christine Riehl, se encuentra en el Centro de Servicios Estudiantiles, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

Accommodations: Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone 503-338-2421 or TDD 503-338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to  Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


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