Memories of Pierce

Pierce students share their experiences from this past year.



Bethany Atwood

Mackenzie Hendricks


The highlight of student Bethany Atwood’s year has been working as a writing tutor at the Academic Resource Center, also known as the tutoring center.

“Working at the tutoring center here on campus has been an invaluable experience,” Atwood said. “I have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people. Seeing students succeed in classes and work through challenging assignments has been a wonderful opportunity that I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

Although Atwood enjoys the working environment of the center and appreciates the experience she has gained, her favorite moments are when she sees students reach their goals through her guidance.

“Seeing the joy in a student’s face after they have spent weeks pouring themselves into an assignment and then getting the grade they had been working for is one of the most rewarding moments of my job,” she said.

Atwood graduates from Pierce College after this quarter, but those moments of witnessing students benefiting from her efforts are something she will carry with her when she transfers to Northwest University.


Morgan Vann

Joe Dennis


For student Morgan Vann, events both on and off campus have shaped his views when looking back on this school year. Having many memorable experiences since starting at the Puyallup campus in September, Vann identified two events that affected him personally. Out of all the events on the campus he has been able to attend, Vann’s most memorable experience was Stand Up with a Stutter featuring Drew Lynch.

“Seeing how Drew Lynch works around his stutter and make jokes so the audience feels comfortable laughing with him is a talent I can truly admire in a comedian,” Vann said. “I can respect someone like Lynch who can take his personal struggle and turn it into entertainment that everyone can enjoy.”

On a mission to make people laugh, Lynch uses humor to examine the hardships of living with a speech impediment from a personal and social aspect.

“I had seen Lynch prior to his May 23 performance at Pierce College Puyallup,” Vann said. “He’s one of not only the most interesting comedians I’ve ever seen but also one of the funniest as well.”

Looking back on world events, the Boston Marathon Bombing is one that Vann still holds firm in his memory. For Vann it wasn’t so much the act of the bombing that concerned him as much as whether this attack was domestic or foreign.

“Don’t get me wrong, what happened the day of the bombing was tragic and my heart goes out to all those affected by this,” Vann said. “Although, during the coverage of the bombing on the news my concern was whether we were being attacked by another nation or if it was a resident of the United States.”

From everything that has gone on this school year Vann is optimistic of what’s to come next while attending Pierce. Vann hopes to share more memorable experiences with friends and classmates when returning in the fall.


Natalie Bartels

Sarah Balough


For Running Start student Natalie Bartels, a reflection of this school year brings her memory back to fall quarter. This event occurred during her Introduction to Literature class, taught by professor Barbra Parsons.

As a student, English enthralls Bartels. It’s one of her many passions and seeing a written work enacted by fellow class members is her most memorial experience of the school year.

As a final project, the class was required to give a group presentation on one of the works discussed during the quarter. While Bartels still can recall the vivid plot of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, the work her group presented on, it was the presentation of another group that remains strong in her mind.

It was her classmates’ presentation on the short story Good Country People by Flannery O’Connor. The group decided to depart from an intriguing analysis of the story like Bartels’s group did and instead chose to present an adapted version of the short story. While appearing to be a straight forward decision, it instead unraveled into a complete comedy, not the ironic commentary it was written to reflect.

Bartels explained that the story is about a young conman who swindles an “ugly, arrogant, naïve, women named Hulga out of her wooden leg.”

The story’s plot is one of intrigue due to its unusual plot line, however, as a story that uses finely controlled comic sense to reveal the world as lacking knowledge, the adaptation didn’t full reach the mark.

As stated in O’Connor’s story, “a good man is hard to find,” however, in Parson’s class, men were in no short supply.

“Needless to say, it was an unusual story to begin with, but on top of all that, the group had more men than they had parts for,” Bartels said.

To compensate for this, one of the guys in the group was given the part of Hulga. In portraying the character as being a considerably ugly woman, the casting was very close to life.

The result was uproarious, according to Bartels.

After the storyline was concluded, the group members sang about the main character, a conman named Manley Pointer.

This song and memory still ring in Bartel’s mind and she said will remain with her as a memory of the last school year.


Christian Read

Lacey Longpré

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Running Start student Christian Read remembers taking a political science class with professor John Lucas.

He enjoyed the class and the professor, but he recalls a particular memory that still is hard to forget.

Lucas had assigned a group project where students were expected to design a presentation and speak about it in front of the class.

When it was Read’s group’s turn, he stepped up with the rest of his classmates and prepared to give the presentation.

However, he doesn’t remember the details of the presentation because he fell asleep during it.

“I remember Mr. Lucas calling my group up,” Read said. “I remember I was leaning against the window next to me. I must have fallen asleep because when I opened by eyes, the entire class was just staring at me.”

Read remembers the moment to be embarrassing as the students began laughing. Fortunately, the presentation moved on and Read finally was able to remove himself as the public spectacle.

Despite this embarrassment, Read said he learned from the class and really enjoyed having Lucas as an instructor.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Read said.

Although Read isn’t choosing to pursue political science, he is glad he had the opportunity to take the course.

Read plans to transfer to University of Washington Tacoma once he completes his high school requirements and his associate’s degree.

“I like architecture,” Read said. “I am hoping to get a degree in it when I transfer to University of Washington.”

Read looks back on the moment and has good humor about what happened. Now it’s a funny story he tells his friends from time to time, not the embarrassment the incident originated as.


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Memories of Pierce

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