Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 21, 2000

Whitworth College Senior Graduates on Fast Track

When Whitworth College's Class of 2000 participates in its undergraduate commencement ceremony this May, senior Melinda Bushnell will be the youngest and one of the most excited of the 350 students to receive her diploma.

Bushnell, who will celebrate her 19th birthday in March, is completing her bachelor's degree at an age when most students are graduating from high school and preparing for their first year of college.

An English literature and writing double major from Lake Stevens, Wash., Bushnell currently holds a 3.5 GPA and will graduate with honors. She has been on an accelerated education track since her junior year of high school in 1996, when she entered the Running Start program at Everett Community College. The 15-year-old community college student had to commute to school by bus since she was too young to have a driver's license.

Bushnell graduated in 1998 with both her high school diploma and an associate of arts and science degree. She entered Whitworth as a 17-year-old junior in the fall of '98.

After earning her bachelor's degree, Bushnell plans to pursue a career as a journalist or technical writer.

Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Contacts:

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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