Sophia Tran. Photo courtesy Bates Technical College.

Sophia Tran, a student at Bates Technical College, is an undeniably hard-worker. Enrolled full-time in the college’s Computer Networking Systems Technician program, Tran is also a single mother, community leader, and avid volunteer. It’s no great surprise, then, that she is this year’s winner of the Dennis Seinfeld Emerging Leader award, which was presented to her at a City Club of Tacoma dinner on June 6.

The annual award recognizes a student at Bates who has strong leadership qualities but who has yet to be perceived as an established community leader. Tran participates with the Associated Student Government to advocate for her peers; she maintains a 4.0 GPA; she volunteered at the YMCA and the nonprofit organization Washington Very Special Arts; and she has accumulated numerous awards for her excellent work as a student, advocate, and volunteer.

In a form to nominate Tran for the award, Manager of Student Activities Juliette Kern wrote that Tran is an “exemplary student, passionate leader, eager to step up for her community, and not afraid to tell her story. She is highly intelligent and goes above and beyond in terms of what is expected.”

Dennis Seinfeld, for whom the award is named, was a founding City Club of Tacoma member and a Tacoma attorney.