Winners of the 2014 Highline High School Alumni Association scholarships were honored at a reception on June 8, 2014.
Back row, from left: Andrea Mandt (Mavis Lukson Scholarship), Harry Schwendemann (McEachern Family Fine Arts Scholarship), Jonathan Mantello (Music Scholarship), Disney Vorng (Dr. Alan Gunsul and Dr. Uli and Gayle Chi Math Scholarships), Patricia Ruelas-Tejeda (Mavis Lukson and Patti Burgess Future Teacher Scholarships), Daisy Cortez-Arevalo (Roger and Linda Walsh Scholarship), Ben Myers (Nancy Tully Memorial Business Scholarship), and Kamal DeCampos (Turnaround Scholarship)
Front row: Langh Mang (Roger and Linda Walsh Scholarship), Hanbit Kim (Emily Nishimura Herod Scholarship), Ashleen Kumar (English Scholarship) Alyxis Burks (Harry E. Lemon Memorial Scholarship), Thais Pedro-Trujillo (Roger and Linda Walsh Scholarship), and Hoda Ibrahim (Science Scholarship)
Not pictured:Dario Castellon (Social Studies Scholarship), Khaliq Shahzaad (World Language Scholarship), Dominique Thomas-McCollum (Dick Dahlgard Photography Scholarship), and Elizama Aguilar (Turnaround Scholarship)
Photo by Eric Mathison ‘65
What Highline Means To Me…
By Disney Vorng, winner of the Uli Chi Math and Dr Alan Gunsul Volunteerism Scholarships 2014, 4.0 student, attending Stanford University
Four of the best years of my life came from my high school experience at Highline. For me, a big part of who I am and what I believe in comes from what I learned and discovered while attending Highline and interacting with all the wonderful staff and student body. Walking onto campus for the first time as a freshman, I didn’t know what kind of person I was going to be as a Pirate. I wasn’t sure how I was going to navigate myself through four years of high school or prepare myself for when I graduated. I didn’t know anything about what my next step was going to be.
Highline was the best place for me. It was because of Highline that I had the time and resources to figure out how to answer all of these questions and figure out how to map out goals that I want to set for my life. There is such a diverse range of cultures that all accumulate to create the culture of Highline High School that no one can really feel excluded. Highline is a place where students are free to experience and experiment everything, to find their passions and talents among peers who can help them see through a new perspective and staff that help guide them through the various paths that students may want to take. It is where I felt supported the whole way as I began planning out what I wanted to get out of my education. Highline is where I found out where my passions lie and had the opportunities to pursue these passions. It is also where I got to get involved in new activities and interests that I would have never even thought of trying had I not been emboldened by peers and encouraged by the spirit of the school. For me, Highline meant a chance to try.
Walking out of Highline as a senior will absolutely have a striking difference to when I first walked in as a freshman. I now have a sense of direction in my life, and a lot of experiences that I can refer back to under my belt. Through various activities and subjects that I have been interested in, I found what kind of person I am and how I handle certain situations. Everything that I’ve done throughout high school has made me into the person I am today, and there’s nothing that I’d change about that. I am proud to be who I am because of Highline and the amazing experience it holds for everyone, no matter who anyone is. High school is usually seen as being filled with trials and tribulations, but Highline takes trials and makes them worth trying for and the tribulations become trivial with everything learned. Highline is where I became me though everything I’ve experienced.
In 1995, the fledgling Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded one annual $500 Harry Lemon Memorial Citizenship scholarship to one HHS graduating senior. This year, we will award 21 scholarships in the following categories:
One each year per department, determined by the HHS Faculty, for seniors in the following nine subjects: Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Social Studies, World Language, Music, Fine Arts and Photography.
Three each year for seniors with special needs.
Two each year for seniors who started ninth grade without much success, then turned around and were prepared for college by their senior year.
Three each year for seniors who are exceptionally involved in school, community, and/or volunteerism (citizenship).
This year, we will offer exciting new scholarships:
One $5000 scholarship, in honor of an outstanding teacher at Highline, The Donald Bunger Future Technology Scholarship, for students who intend to enroll in a four-year college program in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines, Mr. Bunger was an outstanding teacher at HHS from 1966 to 1981. In his English courses, including communication, film, graphics and yearbook, he challenged his students to be creative by integrating science and humanities. He created the Futuristics Club, whose members built models of space stations and were encouraged to think through the steps man needed to take towards the stars. It may seem unusual to name a Technology scholarship after someone who taught in the humanities, but Mr. Bunger inspired his students to "think outside the box" on a regular basis. To be successful in the sciences requires more than numbers and facts, it requires the unusual perspective that leads to the next great discovery or the must-have product.
Honoring Roger and Linda Walsh, we will be awarding three $2500 scholarships for students who are pursuing a vocational education.
Many thanks to Michael Walsh, class of ‘77 for a generous donation of $20,000 matching funds last year. Our total donations for 2014 – $42,000 and change!
We are extremely grateful to announce that Michael is donating an additional $20,000 to our scholarship fund this year!
Our main funding sources are your Alumni memberships, plus generous donations, endowments and memorial gifts. Become a member for $10 annually or a Lifetime Member for $100. We currently have 719 Lifetime Members! Or simply donate to this worthy cause! We raise additional scholarship funds at our annual Golf Day and the All-Class Alumni Reunion.It is also our privilege and honor each year to award the Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees and the HHS Alumnus of the Year.
Join us! Gift money, your time, your energy and/or your ideas.
To donate, make checks payable to:HHS Alumni Foundation, PO Box 66647, Burien, WA98166
New! Pay by credit card on our Website under the Contribute Now tab!
In October, 2014, after 10 years of service, President Howard Call stepped down, providing, as he describes, “…an open door to the next generation.”
“Howard Call was the perfect leader to guide us through our fantastic growth years. He was so very organized and prepared that it was easy for the rest of the alum organization to get the job done! Thanks so much, Howard,” says Patti Burgess, board member.
Sally Carey Newton recalls, “Howard Call is a man of several talents and energy. After taking over the role of HHSAF President, he continued to be very involved with our annual golf day event from choosing the venue to being the master of ceremonies. His leadership has helped grow our scholarship awards from under ten, to now 21 recipients. He serves on the Athletic Hall of Fame selection committee; he started our HHASF Alumnus of the Year Award; he has been a major contributor of articles to our annual Foundation newsletter. It has always been a treat reading his article “Through the Spyglass” where he recounted snippets of a year’s worth of observations at Highline High, at events with other alums, and within the Burien and Highline community. Howard has worked endlessly at bringing awareness to the community of our Alumni Foundation. He has done this by appearing in the Burien 4th of July parade with his old car cohorts; manning a HHSAF booth at the Burien Market, making contacts with class reunions, appearing at the Homecoming assembly; working at the high school track events. Wherever there is an event involving the high school or an opportunity to highlight the Foundation, you can usually always find Howard. We will miss his leadership, though knowing Howard, he will still be there “off stage” lending a helping hand. THANK YOU, HOWARD, for your years of leadership; you are leaving big shoes to fill!”
Howard will be serving on the alumni board at Seattle Pacific University, working at the golf course, managing a couple of rental properties, enjoying some classic cars, playing more golf, softball and racquetball, and trying to squeeze more travel into each year. Howard will not be forgotten and he will certainly not be gone, as he will continue to assist the Highline High School Alumni Foundation.
Introducing Our Current Board Members:
Acting President – Gary Korsgaard 1964
Vice President - Joanne Bakken Pease 1970 Treasurer - Scott Salzer 1971 Secretary - Martha Brock 1958
At Large – Sally Carey Newton 1970
Alumni Soundings Publisher - Michele Ham Miller 1978
Golf Tournament – Kevin Ostic 1971, Larry Olson 1960, Patti Stewart Burgess 1950, Cathy Hughes Low 1967, Sally Carey Newton 1970, Gary Korsgaard 1970, Advisors: Howard Call 1957, Jack Kalina 1957
Scholarships - Patti Stewart Burgess 1950
Membership - Cathy Hughes Low 1967
Website - Kevin Ostic 1971
GOLF TOURNAMENT ALERT!
Save the Date -
Friday, August 21, 2015 7:30 am
Auburn Golf Course
Check the 2015 Golf Tournament webpage for more info!
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