Trio of Peninsula College Students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Peninsula College students Jesse Driese, Jeremy Buggy and Seonmin Yoon were recently selected as part of this year’s All-Washington Academic Team.

The program recognizes and honors Washington state’s finest higher education students, Peninsula College representatives said.

The students who make up the team reflect the diversity of the state, maintain high standards of excellence, and contribute positively to their communities. They will be honored in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, May 12.

Driese is a Running Start student from Port Angeles High School and Peninsula College. He will be graduating in June with his high school diploma and associate of arts degree. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in criminal justice and public policy. Driese said he hopes to have a career in public safety and enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking.

Buggy is a first-year nursing student at Peninsula College. In March 2020, he lost his decade-long job as a farmer. He started taking prerequisites for the nursing program while homeschooling his children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Applying his passion for science and his work ethic from his professional life, Buggy has overcome challenges and pursued his dream career in nursing,” college representatives said.

Yoon is in the associate of arts/honors program student at Peninsula College. She will transfer to a four-year university to study marketing after graduating this spring. Yoon’s career goal is to work at a marketing firm where she can partner with many different clients, and serve as the communication bridge between brands and consumers.

Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two Year Colleges, introduced the All-USA Academic Team to recognize and honor two-year college students for their scholastic achievement and community and college service.