Roylance named to Academic Team
A Quincy teenager was among two Big Bend Community College students selected to the All-Washington Academic Team, an honor that recognizes both academic achievement and community involvement.
BBCC student Jefferson Roylance was recognized for the honor during a reception on March 24 in Olympia. Gov. Jay Inslee, college presidents, and state legislators attended.
Roylance is the son of Matt and Susan Roylance of Quincy.
Each student received a $250 award from event sponsor Key Bank of Washington. Roylance received an additional $1,000 award from the Washington State Employees Credit Union.
The All-Washington Academic Team is comprised of students from the state’s 34 community and technical colleges. Two students are selected from each college via nominations from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Jefferson, 17, is a Running Start student majoring in computer science who will graduate from BBCC this spring. He started using workbooks for math, writing and English at age 6 and became an avid reader. After reading most of the books in his family’s house, including several history and science textbooks, he moved on to libraries. He has worked as a tutor at BBCC.
“To celebrate academic excellence is always a pleasure,” said BBCC President Terry Leas. “We are excited to showcase before lawmakers and media our brightest and best students—many of whom have overcome great obstacles.”