Thursday, February 10, 2011

Top scholars to be recognized in Olympia March 24

Edmonds Community College students Amadou Barrow, 26, of Lynnwood, and Alexei Sterhov, 20, an international student from The Republic of Moldova, will be recognized for their scholarship, leadership, and community service at a ceremony noon, Thursday, March 24 at South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia.

Amadou and Alexei, representing Edmonds CC, are among 63 of the state’s top scholars, who will receive recognition as members of the All-Washington Academic Team. Each two-year college in the state may nominate two students for the honor. All of the state’s public four-year colleges and universities and most of the state’s independent colleges offer additional scholarships for academic team members who transfer to their schools.

Here's more about our top scholars:
“You have to start in order to make your goals.”
Amadou Barrow, Computer Information Systems
Why Edmonds CC? close to home, and the reputation of its Computer Information Systems department
Why now? Without higher education, I will not be able to advocate for my siblings to go to school and set a good example for them to follow. In this challenging world, without higher education, I will not be able support myself and family and be my son's role model.
Before Edmonds CC attended high school in Gambia before moving to the United States; I'm the fourth child of a family of 16, and the first person who had the opportunity to complete a high school education.
Biggest challenge beginning classes while my wife was pregnant with our first child. I didn’t want to wait.
Working three jobs helping developmentally disabled individuals with the tasks of daily living
Best advice for new students You have to start in order to make your goals. You can’t just sit on the couch. Start, and then make plans.
What’s next? transfer to Central Washington University for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Information and Administrative Management — IT Specialization
College goal Ph.D. in management information systems
Dream job establish a charitable Information Technology/System Firm in developing countries to assist in combating global information system threats such as identity theft, hackers and social networking problems
“I want to look back on this as the happiest time in my life.”
Alexei Sterhov, Associate of Arts
Before Edmonds CC going to school in The Republic of Moldova
Clubs French and Hip Hop
Working as a tutor assisting students with math, economics, and accounting classes
Best college experience talking and sharing experiences with students of different ages and nationalities, for example, I have a classmate who is 55 from Africa and another classmate who is 16 from France. I think the combination of getting your education at a community college and a university is the best way to get the most out of your school life.
Best advice for new students It’s our time, our school life, we should do as much as we can and gain as much experience as we can.
Find him performing with Kontagious Performing Company, a professional dance team
What’s next? transfer to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Dream job in marketing for the fashion and beauty industry


  1. Congratulations to you ALL!! The Edmonds community is proud of you.

  2. wow!Amadou Barrow I'm sure you are going to achieve your goals. You are an example for many people!