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Class Act

By Julie Riddle, '92, and Greg Orwig, '91

This fall, the Whitworth community welcomed 595 freshmen. Here, we introduce two students whose stories represent the Class of 2020.

Mitch Carbon, '20

Hometown: Spokane Valley

Graduated from University High School with honors

Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in eighth grade, Mitch is the first youth worldwide to receive an experimental immunotherapy treatment after a brain-cancer relapse. He is now cancer-free.

I considered Whitworth early in my junior year, when I was thought to be terminal. I had heard of the sense of fulfillment and calling that graduates of Whitworth had, and I wanted so much to feel that happiness in my life. My relationship with God was damaged, and after seeing online how Whitworth challenges its students to think critically and ask tough questions, I knew it would be a place where I could find peace with my faith. I couldn't be happier with where I decided to take back my life.

I want to help people the way others helped me. I was so inspired by the teachers and nurses who took care of me when I was at my worst. An English teacher sparked in me a love of literature that took me away from my harsh reality, and it changed my life. I want to play a profound part in young people's lives.

Sara Trujillo, '20

Born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. in 2005

Raised by a single mother in Tacoma, Wash.

Graduated from Mount Tahoma High School with a 3.9 GPA 

Participated in competitive dance, National Honors Society, Upward Bound, tennis, soccer, church and more; invited to the National Academy of Future Scientists due to her academic accomplishments

Selected for the Act Six Scholarship & Leadership Initiative

Most colleges accepted me just for academics, but Whitworth looked at more than my grades. Whitworth has a mission statement I believe in. I like its small size, and it has lots of resources. I like that it's a Christian school, without forcing faith on me or others.

I most enjoy the classes. It's so cool to finally apply knowledge in my everyday life. I'm no longer regurgitating random information onto paper; I'm learning life skills.

I hope I can advocate for health in communities by implementing nutritional plans for schools, advocating for mental health, or making community clinics more accessible.