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Act Six Celebrates Graduation of Eighteen Urban Leaders from Washington and Oregon

On May 27, the first cadre of Act Six scholars graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. They join the second cadre of Portland scholars from George Fox University with one early graduate from George Fox’s third cadre, and the sixth cadre of Tacoma and Seattle Act Six scholars from Whitworth University with one early graduate from Whitworth's seventh cadre. Together, the newest alumni graduate with records of distinguished leadership, service and academic achievement.

The Tacoma-Seattle graduates will be recognized in a community celebration sponsored by 7-Eleven on Thursday May 31, 6:30 pm at the Environmental Services Building at Chambers Bay, 9850 64th St W, University Place, WA 98467. The media and public are welcome.

The newest graduates are listed below along with their degrees and high schools.

Pacific Lutheran University Cadre One

    Mycal Ford, B.A. Chinese Studies and Political Science (Foster HS)
    Panago Horton, B.A. Biology (Woodrow Wilson HS)
    Jonathan Jackson, B.A. Sociology (Clover Park HS)
    Joanne Nguyen, B.A. Anthropology (Franklin HS)
    Angela Pierce, B.A. Social Work (Henry Foss HS)

George Fox University Cadre Two

    Lanise Griffin, B.A. Sociology (Grant HS)
    Krystle Halvorsen, B.S. Social Work (David Douglas HS)
    Anjelica Hernandez, B.A. Social Work (Woodburn HS)
    Gladis Reyes-Pimentel, B.S. Chemistry (Woodburn HS)
    Cole Whitehurst, B.A. Business (Central Catholic HS)
    Jacob Winslow, B.S. Allied Health (Cleveland HS)

George Fox University Cadre Three

    Blake Shelley, B.A. Christian Ministry (Reynolds HS)

Whitworth University Cadre Six

    Cuong Le, B.A. Marketing and Communications (Clover Park HS)
    Naticcia Melendez, B.A. Sociology (Henry Foss HS)
    JaJa Quarless, B.A. Philosophy (Bellarmine Prep HS)
    Deatri Ross, B.A. Elementary Education (Henry Foss HS)
    Gilbert Sandovol, B.A. Business Marketing (Woodrow Wilson HS)

Whitworth University Cadre Seven

    Jaime Rebuelta, B.A. International Business (Riverside HS)

Launched in 2002 by the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF) in Tacoma, Act Six seeks to develop urban leaders to be agents of transformation on campus and in their home communities. Since the program's inception, more than 250 ethnically diverse and mostly first-generation, low-income Act Six scholars from urban Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and the Yakima Valley have enrolled at Whitworth and seven other private colleges and universities across the Washington and Oregon.

Act Six develops leaders through a simple, but powerful, four-step strategy:

  • Recruit and select diverse, multicultural cadres of the Northwest's most promising urban and community student leaders.

  • Train and prepare these groups of students in the year prior to college, equipping them to support each other, succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.

  • Send and fund the teams together to select faith- and social justice-based colleges across Washington and Oregon on full-tuition, full-need scholarships.

  • Support and inspire by providing strong campus support, ongoing leadership development and vocational connections to inspire scholars to serve their home communities

This year’s graduation brings the total number of Act Six alumni to 67. Overall, 90 percent of scholars selected for the program have graduated or are still enrolled – reflecting graduation and retention rates that far exceed national averages. More than two-thirds of the program’s graduates are working or serving back in their home communities and more than 25% have earned advanced degrees or are currently enrolled in graduate school.

Tim Herron, Act Six founder and director, says, “Act Six scholars are having a profound impact through their leadership on campuses across the region and as they graduate they are taking on important work that is making their communities more just and vibrant places.”

Other Act Six partner colleges and universities include Gonzaga University, Northwest University, Trinity Lutheran College, Warner Pacific College, and Heritage University.

Tim Herron, founder and national director of Act Six, adds "Act Six scholars are having a profound impact through their leadership on campuses across the region and as they graduate they are taking on important work that is making their communities more just and vibrant places."

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The Northwest Leadership Foundation is a faith-based non-profit headquartered in Tacoma, Wash. Since 1989, the foundation has worked to move individuals and organizations from good intentions to effective outcomes in its effort to encourage, strengthen and develop leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city.


Tim Herron, Act Six founder and director, Northwest Leadership Foundation, (253) 272-0771 x109 or




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