Windward Community College values the hard work of its student assistant workforce. The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Award was created to recognize them and annually give one deserving student employee an award of $250.


2021: Jayten Galario, Online Instruction Support Aide
2020: Micah Souza, Alakaʻi Hoʻonui ʻIke
2019: Maile McLaurin, Alakaʻi Hoʻonui ʻIke 
2018: Brandon DiPaola, Performing Arts Assistant 
2017: Makana Tani, Peer Mentor (Student Life) 
2016: Jesse Soileau, TLC Lab Assistant


The nominator

  • must be a current WCC non-student employee
  • need not be the nominee’s supervisor

The nominee must

  • be a current or former WCC student employee, continuously employed for a minimum of four months during the current academic year


  • Nomination form(s) must be submitted by the deadline
  • Essay scoring is NOT based on style, grammar, or length
  • For inspiration, see past winning essays
  • By submitting a nomination, you give permission for the essay to be published, quoted, or shared for SEOTY business (e.g. Student Employee Appreciation Event, Ka Ohana, WCC website, etc.)
  • The essay must describe how the nominee exemplifies the following five themes:
ThemeConsiderationsSample behaviors that exemplify the theme
Quality of WorkDo they perform their tasks/duties in a timely manner and without error?• Recommends quality enhancements
• Detects flaws in process or products
• Consistently dots i’s and crosses t’s
ReliabilityDo they consistently show up for their shift, and on time?• Never misses work without appropriate notice
• Begins day refreshed and eager to face new challenges
• Is fully reliable in terms of attendance and punctuality
InitiativeDo they perform their normal duties/tasks or propose new without being prompted?• Assists others with projects that arise
• Identifies and completes tasks without being asked
• Requires little direction in day-to-day duties
ProfessionalismHow does the student employee carry themselves? Do they communicate and dress in a professional manner?• Remains calm and focused during high stress situations
• Receptive and responds to feedback well
• Treats coworkers and customers with respect and courtesy
Exceptional ServiceHow does the student employee go “above and beyond” their duties?• Approaches tasks with a can-do attitude
• Is a role model on campus that motivates and inspires others