DISCOVER WHAT'S NEW In 2023
The Year Ahead -2023
Tricia Anderson is Highline High School 2022 Alumnus of the Year
Congratulations 2022 HHS Scholarship Recipients
Front Row: Elaiza Hoxha - Roger & Linda Walsh Vocational Scholarship, Marilyn Bertrand - Roger & Linda Walsh Memorial Scholarship, Yisel Jimenez - Roger & Linda Walsh Memorial Scholarship, Kaelynn Khanphonphanh - Mavis Luksan Memorial Scholarship, Vichet Ros - Music Scholarship, Heather Fogerty - McEachern Family Fine Arts Scholarship, Lupita Perez Cedeno - Mavis Luksan Memorial Scholarship, Tiffany Tran - Dr. Alan Gunsel Memorial Community Service Scholarship, Ashley Rodriguez - World Language Scholarship, Manuel Bermudez-Leon - Dick Dahlgard Memorial Visual Arts/Photography Scholarship
Not Pictured: Lesli Pablo Gomez - Tom Sawyer/AVID Scholarship, Samantha Quiroz - Nancy Tully Memorial Business Scholarship, Andrea Ramos - BECU Turnaround Scholarship, Ava Simone Hortelius - Donald Bunger Future Technology Scholarship
Notes of Appreciation From Scholarship Winners
Past Scholarship Recipients - Alula Asfaw & Katarina Quach
IT BEGINS WITH A DREAMER
ALULA ASFAW IS OUT TO CHANGE EDUCATION
ALULA ASFAW RAN A PILOT PROJECT THAT PROVIDED LEARNING SKILLS AND CONFIDENCE TO CHILDREN AT BOND HILL ACADEMY, A PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN CINCINNATI. Then he met Stan Chernicoff, a UW geology professor who had created a nighttime study center for undergraduates in Mary Gates Hall. Chernicoff was impressed with the freshman’s ideas and energy. “Rarely would a day go by when he didn’t show up in my office,” he says. “He wanted to share things that interested him. He just didn’t believe things couldn’t be done.” Asfaw was also sharing his ideas with his classmates. One evening over chili cheese fries at Schultzy’s, a group of them were swept up for hours in conversation about how some high schoolers were finding their way to college through federal and UW outreach programs, but others at different high schools were not. They thought it was arbitrary. “We were angry, and we wanted the UW to do something,” says Jenée Myers Twitchell, ’04, ’09, ’17, a co-founder and later director of the project that grew out of that discussion. With help from faculty including Chernicoff and Ed Taylor, ’93, dean of undergraduate academic affairs, Asfaw, Myers Twitchell and three other students developed a plan to send UW undergraduates to middle and high schools to help students overcome barriers to college. Under the Dream Project, UW interns could attend classes about educational equity and participate in outreach, and many would come away with a greater understanding about the complexities and challenges facing low-income and first-generation students. Today, the Dream Project is going strong. This year there are plans to send 33 students to 37 Puget Sound-area schools. Since its start, hundreds of UW student-mentors have helped thousands of teens find their way to the UW and other schools. Whether in Seattle or Cincinnati, Asfaw has always focused on improving access to education and breaking through systemic limitations. He expanded his efforts to explore curriculum, instruction and even the school’s physical design. His goals are not just to help children with academics, but with social and emotional growth as well. “Of course, this is bold and arrogant to think that one guy and his team can change the paradigm,” Chernicoff says. “But they may be on to something in terms of solving problems. If we’re going to make education better, it takes thinkers and doers—people like Alula.” Story courtesy of UW magazine - By Hannelore Sudermann & photo by Malinda Hartong
Katarina Quach joins Obama-Chesky Voyager scholars at Boston University.
She told The B-Town Blog that she chose Boston U on a whim. “I worked at the Seattle Art Museum in high school, and one of my best friends and I were both recommended to present at a panel in Boston at the Institute of Contemporary Art,” she said. “The panel was on teen programs in museum spaces, and we got to spend the weekend exploring Boston. The two supervisors who came with us both went to college in Boston, one going to Boston University and the other going to Boston College. I stood in front of Marsh Chapel, the chapel in the center of BU’s campus, and decided at that point in time that I would be applying to go there because I had no idea where I wanted to go otherwise. It also worked because they have robust programming for Communications, where I’m currently majoring in public relations.” Like any other college student, this scholarship lifts a ton of weight off Quach’s shoulders.“I spent a lot of time in high school, especially my time in ASB, talking about how I wanted to be a voice for the students who weren’t heard, and how I wanted to be someone that people could look to in terms of seeing someone who was like them or at the least someone who related/understood them,” she said. “And now I get to pursue that kind of work, and I feel supported, recognized, and encouraged on so many levels. Also knowing that I’m not going to be in (crushing) debt for attending a private institution in an expensive city is a huge relief. The opportunity to travel and build connections and communities is also intensely valuable to me, as I’ve always wanted to see and experience more of the world.” In addition to studying, Quach is currently working at the Newbury Center on BU’s campus as an undergraduate office assistant. Article compliments of the B-Town Blog
HHS Holds Ribbon Cutting to Mark the End of First Year in the New Highline High School on 6/15/2022
Alumni, elected officials, community members and some incoming families who toured the new facility were awestruck and beamed their delight: "It's amazing!"
And it took three tries, but Tricia Anderson, class of 1977 and scholarship committee co-chair with the Highline High School Alumni Foundation chopped through the double purple and gold ribbon with giant scissors.
Alumni from the class of 1948 up to as recent as this year's class of 2022 helped celebrate the end of the first year in the all-new school, constructed after voters approved the 2016 school bond.
Principal Architect Dan Miles of Bassetti Architects appeared a bit emotional upon leaving: "I've never heard students speak so passionately about a new school before."
Staff from Bassetti Architects, Skanska USA and Vanir turned out in force for the ceremony, which was postponed from the original date in October due to covid concerns, although self-guided tours were offered last fall.
Clint Sallee, Principal, Highline High SchoolScott Logan, Chief of Operations, Highline Public SchoolsAaron Garcia Virgen, President, Highline School BoardSarah Moore, Council Member, City of Burien (and parent of HHS graduate Noah who served on the HHS design review committee)Kyla Blair, President, Yes for Highline (bond and levy campaign committee)John and Nanci (Yarno) Leonard, class of 1964 (staff speakers)Roxana Pardo Garcia, class of 2008 (alumni speaker)Dominique Taylor, Dado Cokic and Karis Gran, class of 2022 (student speaker & panelists)The cheer squad performed, followed by a ribbon cutting.
Refreshments were provided by Vanir Construction Management and Ohrt Real Estate Group.
HHS Receives Two Design Awards
The new Highline High School design landed another award: Outstanding Project Award. The school design, by Bassetti Architects, is featured in the Fall 2022 Learning by Design magazine's Educational Facilities Design Awards.
The magazine profile highlights the visioning process that included high school and district staff, students, community members and Bassetti Architects' design team. "The guiding principles developed included welcoming, student-centered, community-focused and safe outdoor learning spaces," it says.
"By placing the commons at the heart of the school, a central gathering place for student and community events was created."
The award profile also points to the strategic placement of classrooms and display areas for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, adjacent to each learning pod or with visibility from the building exterior and the commons.
The jury of architects and educational facility planners who judge the entries for the magazine are recommended by the American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education and the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).
Last July, the new school design won the 2022 Polished Apple Award for educational design from the Washington chapter of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).
Thanks to Ric Johnston (C/O 1966) For Editing & Updating the HHS Class Listings for the 2023 Newsletter
2023 Reunion Calendar
What is the Value & Impact of a New, Modern School Building? From Dominique Taylor, HHS Class OF 2022
My favorite things about the new Highline High School are the quiet spot in the hallway, the big Promethean boards in the classrooms, the multiple staircases, the water bottle fountains where you can fill your water bottle, the comfy chairs, and the list just goes on. This building has a college vibe to it, so I feel like I’m in college already.
Thank you, voters, for the beautiful new school.” As vice president of HHS’s Black Student Union, Dominique helped plan and was a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. assembly, helped organize the Beauty in Blackness art showcase for students, and cooking sessions to showcase Black and African cultural foods. She helped found and was vice president of Girls Group at HHS.
Dominique is now attending Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, planning to get degrees in social work and business, so she can help families and create a non-profit organization to help homeless families off the streets and to a better future.
Participants at the June 2022 Opening Day Celebration
Highline Opens Clothing Closet to Support Students Thanks to Former Highline Teacher and Student Nancy (Yarno) Leonard and husband John
HONORING LONG-TIME HHS GERMAN TEACHER FRAU PAULER
This honor was bestowed upon Frau Pauler for her incredible and impactful career at HHS from 1967 to 1997 and also as recognition for her: leadership, inspirational and financial support, and high level of encouragment provided to her students, fellow HHS faculty members, and the HHSAF over her career in teaching.
Pictured HHS Retired Teachers: Standing from left to right: Kathy Hazen, French & ESL Teacher (retired 2013; Cherrie Smith, English & Journalism Teacher (retired 2011); Alice Hammond, English Teacher (retired 2010)Sitting left to right: Patti Burgess, College and Career Counselor (retired 1987; Frau Pauler, German Teacher (retired 1997)
2022 HHS ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT A HUGE SUCCESS!
Jeff Ashley Presented With the 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award
Ashley is the second 1977 HHS graduate to be selected for Alumni of The Year. Michael Walsh was selected in 2017.
“The Alumni of the Year award is the Foundation’s way to honor those who have done so much for the community, whether through charitable means or through business or other leadership,” said Gary Korsgaard, Alumni Foundation President. “We select those HHS graduates who provide a role model showing the kind of success that HHS students can realize.”
Ashley was born at Burien General Hospital and attended Lake Burien, Gregory Heights, and Sylvester schools before Highline High School. While at Highline, he played football, basketball, and baseball. He was captain of the baseball team and selected to the All-North Puget Sound League at catcher. He went on to Eastern Washington University where he played two years of baseball.
He has been in the real estate and mortgage loan business since 1979 and is currently branch manager for Caliber Home Loans, with responsibility for four branches of the company.
In 2010, Ashley and his co-workers established the “Cobalt Cares Foundation” which paired up with the “Dollars for Scholars” program, with Ashley’s Family Scholarship designated for HHS seniors. In 2017, Ashley and his family established the John P. Ashley Scholarship through the Highline High School Alumni Foundation, named after his late father. The scholarship is designated for students who have earned a school letter and are entering college to study business, real estate, or engineering.
In addition to scholarships, Ashley and his company have been involved in support of the Veterans Administration, Union Gospel Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the HHS Alumni Foundation Golf Day, and other programs.
The Highline High School Alumni Foundation was established in 1995. Last year, the organization awarded 24 scholarships to HHS seniors totaling $91,000.
Congratulations to Head Football Coach Deonte Cooper For Winning the League Championship in 2022
Class of 1961 Donates $490.00 for the Scholarship Fund in memory of Bud Mount
Highline High School Celebrates Unity Day on 1/13/2023
Highline High School Class of 1971 Holds Reunion at the Cove
Zen Kim Awarded The 2022 May-Mettler Future Nurse Scholarship
Pictured above (left to right): Zen Kim May-Mettler Future Nurse Scholar with PSSC Nursing Program Instructor, Jane Judd, Zen Kim (scholarship recipient) , and Allan Mettler and Zen Kim
HHSAF Committee Hard at Work Reviewing Applications for the 2022 Scholarship Awards
HHSAF Committee Hard at Work Reviewing Applications for 2022 Scholarships
Email must include your Full Name and Student ID#Clearly indicate which application you are submittingattach the application cover sheet/instructions for best clarityif applying for multiple awards, please submit separate emails for each award you apply forScan your completed applications and materials and attach as a pdfif unable to print or scan the applications below, please attach your responses to all parts of the application on a separate document (word, google docs, pdf, etc).Feel free to copy the questions/prompts you are responding to on your response document to ensure clarityEmail Submissions must be sent by April 15, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.Apply online at bit.ly/HHSAlumniScholarships.
Please read your applications carefully, gather digital copies of all materials (ie essays, letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, etc), and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Department ScholarshipsThese scholarships are based on your experiences while at Highline. They are reviewed by Highline’s staff in the specified departments. Each scholarship is worth $4,000. All materials including a letter of recommendation, transcript, application and essays must be turned in together.
Fine Arts: The McEachern Family Foundation Scholarship Award recognizes students who have taken 2 years of arts while at HighlineMath: The Uli and Gayle Chi Mathematics Scholarship Award recognizes students experience in mathematics at Highline.Music: This award recognizes students who have enrolled in band and/or choir for 4 full semesters or equivalent.English: This award is reviewed and selected by the HHS English/Language Arts DepartmentBusinessThe Nancy Tully Memorial Business Award recognizes students who participated in Business classes at HHSPhotography and Visual Art: The Dick Dahlgard Scholarship for Visual Arts recognizes students involved in photography, yearbook, and art classes while at HighlineScience: The Anex Brothers Science Department Award recognizes students who have demonstrated interest in science while at Highline and in their future goals. Social Studies: This award recognizes student’s success and interest in Social Studies classes while at Highline HS. World Language: This award recognizes world language speakers and students who have continued involvement in their world language classes at Highline2022 Alumni ScholarshipsAlumni scholarships are worth $1,000-$5,000. All materials including a letter of recommendation, transcript, application and essays must be turned in together.
Donald Bunger Future Technology Alumni ScholarshipMavis Luksan ScholarshipEmily Nishimura Herod ScholarshipHarry E. Lemon ScholarshipTom Sawyer AVID ScholarshipPatti Burgess Future Teacher ScholarshipDr. Alan L.W. Gunsul Community Service ScholarshipJohn P Ashley Family Scholarship Gary Low Memorial ScholarshipMay Johnson Mettler Nursing ScholarshipRoger and Linda Walsh Vocational Scholarship
In Memory of Tom Seifert Class of 1952
2023 Membership Drive Form
Last Name ----------------------- First Name------------------------- Maiden Name----------------------- HHS Year Grad----------------------
Street Address City State Zip______________________ ____________________________________________ _____________________________ Phone Number --------------------- E-Mail Address ----------------------------- Spouse Name and HHS Year Grad -----------------------------
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Please return this form with a check to: HHSAF P.O. Box 66647 Burien, WA 98166
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Dawn Tessandore, Rick Barnhart, Nick Castro Inducted Into the 2021 HHS Athletic Hall Of Fame
Dawn Tessandore Class of 1992
Dawn arrived at Highline for her junior year from Willamette HS in Eugene Oregon as a level 7 club gymnast (floor and vault State champion). During her junior year the HHS gymnastics team made a run for the League title but fell to Hazen. Dawn reached the podium for vault, bars, beam, and floor as well as earning the All-Around award in League. During Dawn’s senior year she joined the swim team as a diver and took 6th in League, 6th at District, and 13th at State. Highline won the league gymnastics title in her senior year where she placed on the podium for all events and earned 2nd All Around in league to her teammate, Lisa Espinosa qualifying for state. After graduation Dawn competed for her club team and landed on the podium for vault, beam, and floor for Level 9 state taking 2nd AA at regionals, which qualified her for Nationals in 1994, where she placed 215th AA for level 9.
In addition to being an incredible athlete and coach Dawn also became a teacher in the Highline District starting in 1998 at Chinook Middle School and then transferred to Highline High School where she is still teaching 20 years later in 2022!
Rick Barnhart Class of 1974
While at Green River, Barnhart caught the eye of Los Angeles Dodgers scouts, and the Dodgers selected him in the draft. He elected not to sign with LA, however, and that proved fortuitous for the UPS baseball program. Barnhart earned All Nor-Pac honors at Puget Sound, and in 1978 not only graduated but also was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. He signed that year, and from 1979-81 pitched in the Cleveland minor league system. He finished his competitive baseball career with the Lakewood Royals.
Barnhart has since moved into the coaching ranks. He spent two years at his college alma mater, then coached two more seasons at Fort Steilacoom before taking the Bellarmine Prep head job, which he still holds, in 1985. He earned the Narrows League Coach of the Year honor at Bellarmine, where he is also a teacher. Rick has coached and developed many baseball players including Jon Lester who was the Gatorade Player of the Year and became a World Series winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Rick is a great role model, leader and mentor at Bellarmine Prep and was recently inducted into the 2021 Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
Nick Castro Class of 1979
Class of 1977 Reunion Planning Committee
Sandy Pete, Karin VanderVelden, Linda Harris, Angelina Flaten, Lori Ray, Dan Keller, Mark Flaten, Jeff Ashley, Kathy Kinnear, Tricia Anderson and Jeff Harris.
More information about the Class of 1977 upcoming 45th reunion to be held on September 9th and 10th, 2022is available from Dan Keller at email@example.com
Check The Reunion Information Page For More Details
Register Soon for the 2023 Alumni Golf Tournament
Golf Registration Form for 2022 Tournament
Golf With Jack Thompson During the HHS Alumni 2022 Golf Tournament
Mark your calendars for the annual Highline High School Alumni Foundation Golf “Fun” Day on Friday, August 26th.
We normally host the tournament on the third Friday of August but due to course availability this year’s tournament will be on the 4th Friday.
We had a great response to last year’s auction of having Jack Thompson join your foursome as a “5th” golfer. Jack was a Washington State University football star and NCAA passing record holder. Jack later became the quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jack had a wonderful time at last year’s tournament and has graciously agreed to being auctioned off again this year. This is a priceless opportunity for any sports fan. Simply email Marc Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your bid. The most recent bid from Doctor Jim Rice's team is $250.00 as of April 7th 2022. Bidding will end on Wednesday the 24th at noon. More details about the auction of Jack Thompson as well as other fun activities we have planned will be included in our annual Golf “Fun” Day" mailing which will be sent out in early April.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at 206-244-3044 or Larry Olson at 253-631-6466.
Highline High School Alumni Foundation 2021 Scholarship Awards
Highline High School Alumni Foundation 2020 Scholarship Awards -
2019 Scholarship Recipients
Middle Row: L-RNoelia Miramantes (Mc Eachern Family Fine Art), Rodrigo Gallardo (Roger and Linda Walsh), Esmeralda Bonilla-Quijada (Mavis Luksan Memorial), Jessica Bedolla-Mendoza (Patti Burgess Future Teacher), Yesenia Bedolla-Mendoza, (Emily Nishimura Herod), Erica Reynoso-Andrade (Anex Brothers Science Dept.), Caylee Collins, (Harry E. Lemon Memorial), Ivy Reed (Music Dept.), Phuong Nguyen (Social Studies Dept.)
Back Row: L-RGabriella Rodriguez (BECU Turnaround), Amanda Short (John P. Ashley Family), Stella Fosberg (English Dept.), Nikola Roso (Donald Bunger Future Technology), Christina Cervantez (Dr. AlanGunsul), Brianna Pruitt (Mavis Luksan), Haley Riggs (Uli and Gayle Chi Mathematics), Helen Mattson (Roger and Linda Walsh)
Michael Walsh Donates $500,000 Scholarship Fund to Highine Alumni Foundation
Photos of Highline Reconstruction
The Evolution of the Annual HHS Golf Tournament
Letter From Coach Deontae Cooper
Blast From the Past - Story About Harry Lemon from Sharon (Floyd) Burkhart Class of 1963…
Camp Waskowitz Information Center To Honor Harry Lemon
Harry Lemon won't be at Camp Waskowitz Saturday - in the flesh, at least - to ask the question that was his trademark introduction to thousands of students over the years: "Have you ever seen a fuzzy peach? Well, I'm a Harry Lemon." But the late Highline High School teacher and Camp Waskowitz naturalist will be remembered, along with his favorite songs and corny jokes, when an information center is dedicated in his memory Saturday. Lemon, who died in 1977, has been described by Highline School District environmental-education coordinator Rick Sullivan as "a walking encyclopedia of knowledge" and by former camp counselor Kent Horton as "a very warm, caring, loving type person."A part-time national-park ranger whose teaching career spanned half a century, Lemon referred to his car as his "Lemon-mobile" and told campers he was there to give them "Lemon-aid." He taught music and life sciences at Highline High School from 1927 to 1963 and spent the following 12 years as naturalist at the environmental-education camp near North Bend. The camp, a former Civilian Conservation Corps work camp bought by the Highline School District in 1957, offers a weeklong education program for all Highline sixth-graders and for children from several other districts.On Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m. the Harry E. Lemon Memorial Information Center will be dedicated at the camp. Its construction was made possible by a $5,000 gift from his daughter, Lois Balent. (March 1992)