Washington World Fellows Welcome Day

Office of the Lt. Governor

April 17, 2018

Lt. Governor’s Washington World Fellows program celebrates inaugural Welcome Day event at Central Washington University

Saturday, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib delivered the keynote address for the Washington World Fellows Welcome Day at Central Washington University, the inaugural event of the Washington World Fellows program.

Launched this past year, the Washington World Fellows program is an equity-focused study abroad and college-readiness fellowship created by the Lt. Governor. The fifteen fellows selected for the program were chosen in March from an applicant pool of nearly 300 students from around the state, all of whom earned the nomination of a teacher or counselor and submitted an application to be considered.

The Washington World Fellows Welcome Day event marked the first time the fellows met one another. All fifteen fellows, many of whom brought their siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, and principals with them, were able to participate.

“We were incredibly gratified to see so much enthusiasm for the program,” Habib said. “This is the type of excitement that transforms communities — starting with these fifteen students.”

Central Washington University hosted the Welcome Day, which included orientation sessions led by the Washington World Fellows program directors and Central Washington University staff to prepare fellows for the study abroad experience, and a grand Welcome Lunch celebration.

The Welcome Lunch featured speeches from other program partners, including Central Washington University President James Gaudino, Vice President of Community Outreach for the Seattle Seahawks Mike Flood, and Honorary Consul of Spain Luis Fernando Esteban. A full list of the program’s partner organizations can be found here.

As the culminating moment of the Welcome Lunch ceremony, the Lt. Governor individually called out each of the fellows to the front of the room to acknowledge a memorable achievement, biographical fact, or quote by the student.

At the end of the event, the fellows were treated to a special surprise when they were each given a new a Surface Pro 3, donated by Microsoft.

The Welcome Lunch closed with a traditional Spanish paella meal, during which the Lt. Governor met with families, teachers, and staff.

The fifteen students selected for the inaugural Washington World Fellows class are as follows:

Jacqueline Alvarez, East Wenatchee
Carlos Barajas, Snohomish
Luis Bravo, Seattle
Cristina Calleros Martin, Bellingham
Teja Chunphakvenn-Pinkney, Vancouver
Aileen Garcia, Othello
Michelle Jimenez, Bellingham
Tayah Kohler, Inchelium
Edgar Martinez, Marysville
Daniel Neary, Olympia
Aaron Padilla Monterrey, Bellingham
Anisa Robinson, Seattle
Amber Silvers, Bremerton
Emersen Slanga, Nine Mile Falls
Ryleigh Treichel, Kelso


Kristina Brown