Jefferson Clark, Colville Center Running Start student

Jefferson Clark came to the IEL’s Colville Center as a homeschooled 16-year-old ready to make his way in the world. The small classes and intimate setting in the small town of Colville enabled Jefferson to bloom in his own time, but it didn’t take him long to hit his stride and be off and running.

Jefferson started out taking brush-up courses in math, English and Read Right. After taking a speech class, he was inspired to run for Associated Students president and won. Jefferson also served as president of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which earned him two honor cords — one for his presidency and one for his GPA — and he earned yet another honor cord when he completed the Project LEAD program as part of his IEL coursework.

Jefferson immersed himself in school and has held many positions in student clubs and led numerous activities, such as food drives and student events. His activities and honors earned him a 2010 USA Today All-USA Community College Academic Team scholarship, which will help him pay for the rest of his education. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to study accounting or business.