Front Row, L-R Noel Rodriguez, Tramy Nguyen, Kim Ha, Haylee Beckham, Caitlynn Rahal Middle Row, L-R Valerie Tran, Emmanuel Cruz Soria, Maria Arevalo Martinez, Minh Tu Huynh, Christine Nguyen, Michelle Lopez, Cathy Nguyen, Dennise Lopez Sanchez, Tsion Hailu Back Row L-R Cesar Lopez, Ingrid Perce, Christian Hagler, Anita Chung, Nghi Lam, Erendira Mercado, Precious Gonzalez, Leann Barnes Not present: Daniel Villalon-Tinoco
Scholarship Recipient Feedback
Grateful Scholarship Recipients:
Dear Alumni Foundation,
Thank you so much for providing the means for all Highline Students to go to college! It’s very reassuring to see community members involved in a cause that does not immediately seek results; but will soon in the future. I am very gracious for your overwhelming generosity that’s making my, and many other past, current and future students’ access to education feel attainable.
Again, thank you!
Wishes, Haylee Beckham
~Music Scholarship Recipient, Attending Seattle Pacific University
To the Family of Roger and Linda Walsh, and the Highline Alumni Foundation,
The scholarship you have given me means more than just a scholarship. It’s hundreds of hours of hard work, it’s money for me to achieve my dreams and focus on my education. It’s money that I cannot thank you enough for. My mother has worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for the past 7 years for me to be able to get to this point and this money will help my mom continue her education because she won’t have to work as much, and me explore the unknown in college.
~Nghi Lam, Roger & Linda Walsh Recipient
UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2019
Monday March 4th 2018 - 7 PM - Highline High School Alumni Foundation General Meeting
May 18th - 11 am to 2 pm - All Class Reunion - No Host Luncheon at Angelo's in Burien
May 18th - 1 pm to 4 pm - Highline High School Open House - Group Photo on Front Steps at 3 pm
May 19th - 6 to 8 pm - Highline High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship Reception - ERAC
June 15th - 11 am Highline High School Graduation at Highline Memorial Stadium
June 25th - Celebration of Last Day of School - Students, Alumni, and Community Members - Assembly in the Gym to Celebrate the Past, Parade thru the HS lead with the HHS band, then enjoy the party on the front lawn with a cake to celebrate the future.
July 4th - Burien Parade - Bring your classic car and join other HHS Alumni in the parade
2018 Membership Drive
Thanks to You… Our membership drive for 2018 brought in $32,074.00!
In 1995, the fledgling non-profit Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded one $500 Harry Lemon Memorial Citizenship scholarship to a graduating HHS senior. In 2018, we gave scholarships in Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Social Studies, World Language, Music, Fine Arts and Photography. We also awarded money to seniors with special needs, seniors who improved their success during high school, a student exhibiting exceptional citizenship, a 4-year college attendee in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) discipline, students pursuing vocational education, a future teacher, an engineering or business student, and an AVID student pursuing STEM studies.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to give back to others,” says Michael Walsh, a ’77 grad and 2017 Alumnus of the Year. He will donate $100,000 per year for 5 years beginning in 2019. This in addition to the $20,000 he already gives annually. The entire amount will be used for college scholarships for Highline seniors and has allowed us to increase the amount of many of our scholarships. A grateful thank you to Michael!
Our main funding sources are your Alumni memberships, our annual Golf Day, the All-Class Reunion, plus donations, endowments and memorial gifts. Please join us for $10 annually or become one of our 824 Lifetime Members for $100. Each year we also honor the Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees and the HHS Alumnus of the Year.
Please consider donating to this worthy cause. Make checks payable to:
HHS Alumni Foundation, PO Box 66647, Burien, WA 98166
Or pay by credit card on our Website under the Contribute Now tab.
We are always searching for new volunteers with fresh energy and ideas. We welcome your input for fundraising ideas, website updates, articles for our annual newsletter, and nominations for Alumnus of the Year and for the Alumni Hall of Fame. Have some information to post about an upcoming Class Reunion? Let us know the details and we’ll share it on our website.
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2018 Alumnus of the Year
Congratulations, Dave Sabey, 2018 HHS Alumni Foundation Alumnus of the Year
Dave attended Highline High School, graduating in 1965, then the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School. He went on to play football and wrestled at the University of Washington and graduated from Eastern Washington. He is a self-made man of business who has built a vast real estate empire. The Alumni Foundation was proud to honor Dave with this award last spring.
See more about Dave as well as our Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees on our website…
What Highline Means to Me…
Excerpts from essay by Michelle Lopez, 2018 Emily Nishimura Herod Scholarship Winner
…In a heartbeat, I could tell you Highline is merely a school, a place I go every day to learn, just a building made of bricks. Now if you asked me about what do the people of my school mean to me? Well, they mean a lot and have helped shape who I am today. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a school where every individual is made of different interests and cultures…
…Carrying a banner while bleeding purple and gold wherever I went, I took pride in my school and the people that reside in it. I began to care about how people only saw Highline as a building constantly deteriorating rather than the character of the students. No longer letting rumors dictate the rich spectrum of colors every individual brings to the school, I became a captain for both swim and gymnastics as well as an officer of the National Honor Society…Through sportsmanship and having good relations with others, I can let the community and those around it know that Highline is more than its structure.
… I can’t say they were the best years of my life, since there’s so much life ahead of me, but they were years where I learned beyond the classroom. …I’ve experienced more about the real world in these four years than if I’d gone to any other school. Through the diverse pool of people who vary in race, gender, sexuality, and religion, as well as my own experiences, I’ve learned what family, love, betrayal, law and life mean. My identity has become a tapestry of different views, perspectives and interests…
2018 Athletic Hall Of Fame
Mr. Dave Stark, 2018 inductee, was a teacher and coach at Highline High School for 40 years (in the same classroom). He graduated from the purple and gold of North Kitsap High in 1965 where he played football and wrestled. He attended Olympic College (AA degree), served four years in the Air Force, another three years in the Air National Guard, and earned a BA in Science and an MA in Educational Technology from Western Washington University.
Mr. Stark has five children and 14 grandkids, dome of which he coached at Highline, including 3 state qualifiers in wrestling. He coached football, wrestling and girls’ softball and was head coach of all three sports at one time. One of his softball teams finished fourth at stated, his wrestling teams won 5 league championships and with the advent of women’s wrestling, had a second place winner at state.
Enjoyment of student successes is a highlight of his career. His advice for you…”Don’t listen to people who say you can’t do it.”
Dave and wife Amy enjoy their large and extended family. He has been active in auto racing throughout the area and can be seen rolling multiple times in one event. Congratulations to longtime teacher and coach.
Coming from a family of nine children, including twin brother Brian, 2007 grad Anthony Watkins competed in football, basketball, and track while at Highline. His advice to current students is to “do everything 120%, the best that you can do.” Living this advice, he became 1st team quarterback, 1st team defensive back and MVP of the Seamount League. Participating in basketball (3 years) and running track were all other accomplishments. Running both hurdle events and all sprint races, he cruised to a best time of 49.8 in the 400 at state. He was offered several football scholarships, eventually selecting Oregon State University, playing 4 years and earning a degree Exercise Science with options in nutrition and fitness. Anthony was student of the year and voted best physique for his class. He enjoyed history in Mr. Dave’s class.
He is currently working on a Master’s degree at the University of Washington and works in the fitness and strength program with the UW football team. He is involved in fitness and other ventures here in Burien and is the husband of our other inductee, Kaitlyn. We are happy to have him accept for her today and welcome 4 year old Kameron and their families.
This 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and 2007 grad set the Washington State 3A soccer scoring record with 105 goals. Kaitlyn (Heinsohn) Watkins also ran a leg of the 2007 4 x 100 relay. Her accomplishments in soccer earned her 1st team All-State, plater of the week, MVP Seamount Player of the Year, and district championship. While attending the University of Montana in Missoula for four years, her honors in soccer included Rookie of the year as a freshman, and player of the year as a sophomore. Kaitlyn lives in Burien with husband Anthony and four year old Kameron. She is actively employed by the Disney Corporation seeking advancement in the Tech talent area. Her motto for each of you, “Do not be afraid of failure, rely on self-esteem use your qualities, capabilities and remember, age doesn’t matter.”