Saint Martin's College commencement will be Saturday, May 8
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Lacey, Wash. - Valedictorian Anna Jeannette St.
Martin, Maple Valley, will deliver the commencement address to fellow
graduates of the Saint Martin’s College Class of 2004 at the college’s
Commencement Convocation Saturday, May 8. Commencement ceremonies begin
at 1 p.m. at Saint Martin’s Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., and will
include graduates from the main campus, as well as students graduating
from Saint Martin’s Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base extension
In a first at the college, both the class
valedictorian and salutatorian, Jessica Spencer Schadt, Olympia, are
graduating with bachelor of science in civil engineering degrees.
Despite the highly demanding nature of the curriculum, both women
achieved a near-perfect grade point average.
St. Martin earned a 3.972 cumulative grade point
average during his college career. She is employed by the Washington
State Department of Transportation. St. Martin plans to begin the
University of Washington’s master of civil engineering program this fall
to study transportation engineering, concentrating on transportation
analysis and methods of developing predictive traffic models. She is the
daughter of Paula A. St. Martin of Maple Valley and Steven R. St. Martin
Schadt, whose cumulative grade point average is
3.970, will go to work full-time for her part-employer,
Sargent Engineering Inc., following
graduation. She and her fiancé also are planning a summer wedding. Her
long-term goals include graduate school. Schadt is the daughter of Larry and Gillian Schadt of
St. Martin will speak after degrees are conferred
on the 344-member Class of 2004. Also addressing graduates and their
families will be class speaker Michelle Heitzmann, Belfair, a community
services graduate with a minor in women’s studies. (Please see
Commencement biographies below.)
The Saint Martin’s College Class of 2004 is
composed of students who completed degree requirements in December 2003
and May, as well as those who will do so in August. The class has 82
December graduates, 223 May graduates and 39 August graduates. Of those
graduating, 288 will receive undergraduate degrees and 56 will earn
Saint Martin's College is an independent,
coeducational college offering 22 baccalaureate and six graduate degree
programs based in the liberal arts. Saint Martin's was founded in 1895
by the Roman Catholic religious Order of St. Benedict. In the
Benedictine traditions of hospitality, service and education, the
college is committed to providing excellent education to students from
diverse economic, cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. Saint
Martin's enrolls approximately 1,000 students on its main campus and
about 600 more in programs offered at its extension campuses at Fort
Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base and Olympic College.
Saint Martin's College Commencement 2004
Jeannette St. Martin
Valedictorian - Class of 2004
Valedictorian Anna Jeanette St. Martin of Maple Valley has achieved a
near-perfect grade point average, 3.972, and is graduating with a
bachelor of science in civil engineering degree. She is the daughter of
Paula A. St. Martin of Maple Valley and Steven R. St. Martin of SeaTac.
Before transferring to Saint Martin’s College in
2002, St. Martin represented Green River Community College on the
All-Washington Academic Team and was a nominee for the All-USA Academic
Team. She also was the recipient of a National Science Foundation
scholarship and Green River’s President’s Award.
At Saint Martin’s, St. Martin has remained active
in academic and extra-curricular pursuits. She is the recipient of a
college Trustee’s Scholarship, an Entranco Engineering Scholarship and
the Society of Women Engineers’ Lydia Pickup Memorial Scholarship. She
served as vice president of the college chapter of the Society of Women
Engineers for two years and as its acting president for part of a year.
As a member of the College’s chapter of the American Society of Civil
Engineers, she was involved with the design and construction of the 2003
concrete canoe and one of two presenters of the college’s canoe project
at regional competitions. She participates in “The Bucket,” a Christian
praise and worship gathering, and in a Bible study and prayer group. She
also is a member of the college’s honor society, the Society of Fellows.
St. Martin has served on a number of college
committees, including its Science, Techology, Engineering and Math
Building Committee. Her service to the college community includes acting
as a student panelist for admissions programs and organizing
She cultivates her creative spirit by scrapbooking,
drawing, painting, and most recently, returned to an old love, ballet. A
member of Art Works performing company, she will dance in “The Sleeping
Beauty” this summer.
St. Martin is employed by the Washington State
Department of Transportation. She plans to begin the University of
Washington’s master of civil engineering program this fall to study
transportation engineering, with a concentration on transportation
analysis and methods of developing predictive traffic models.
Salutatorian - Class of 2004
Salutatorian Jessica Spencer Schadt, who is graduating with a bachelor
of science in civil engineering degree, also has earned a near perfect
grade point average, 3.970, to become Saint Martin’s 2004 salutatorian.
Schadt, the daughter of Larry and Gillian Schadt
of Olympia, transferred to Saint Martin’s after attending South Puget
Sound Community College and Centralia College. As Centralia College’s
top transfer student, she was awarded the Saint Martin’s Community
College Partnership Scholarship.
As a Saint Martin’s student, she has been
particularly active in engineering pursuits, serving this year as
president of the college’s student chapters of the American Society of
Civil Engineers/National Society of Professional Engineers and last year
as secretary/acting vice president of the student chapter of the Society
of Women Engineers. For two years, she has participated on Saint
Martin’s teams competing in ASCE’s regional Concrete Canoe and Student
Steel Bridge competitions. Schadt also was tapped for membership in the
College’s honor society, the Society of Fellows.
Schadt is employed part-time by Olympia’s Sargent
Engineering Inc. This summer, she will begin fulltime employment with
the firm. She and her fiancé, Eric Soward, also are planning a summer
wedding. Her long-term goals include graduate school.
Heitzmann, of Belfair, is a community services graduate, and one of the
first to Saint Martin’s graduates to complete the college’s new minor in
In 1999, and again in 2000, Heitzmann was the
recipient of the Reis-Black Music Scholarship. In 2001, she was the vice
president of the Residence Hall Council. Heitzmann has remained active
in the Campus Ministry office throughout her college experience, and in
the past year, was responsible for planning and coordinating Campus
Ministry-sponsored retreats. She is a member of the college’s year-old
Democratic Donkey Club and is an advocate for social justice and
Heitzmann says she wants to continue her education
and eventually teach others, as she has been inspired.
Heitzmann’s ties to Saint Martin’s go deep. Her
husband Eric graduated from Saint Martin’s (2001), as did her
mother-in-law and father-in-law Linda and Dennis Heitzmann. Her father,
Mark Bergford, is a 1975 graduate of Saint Martin’s High School, and her
mother, Kathy Heitzmann, is a 1975 graduate of St. Placid’s.
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