The winners and their scholarships are, left to right in the top row. Kayla Brower (Turnaround Scholarship); Rachel Brazil (English Department); Saint Williams (The Turnaround); Joe Kenta Niizuma (Donald Bunger Future Technology); Hansol Kim (Emily Nishimura Herod); Carissa Merkel (McEachern Family Fine Arts); Allen Braun (Uli & Gayle Chi Mathematics); Robert Bilic (Social Studies); Han Luc (Nancy Tully Memorial Business).
In the middle row left to right are Rachael Tang (Dr. Alan Gunsul Scholarship); Karina Marroquin (World Language Department); Celestina Adu (Mavis Lukson); Rachel Myers (Patti Burgess Future Teacher); Nomandeep Kaur (The Anex Brothers (Basil George, & Robert) Science Department); Trang Minh Khuc (Roger & Linda Walsh); Ailed Gomez (Roger & Linda Walsh); and Som Subba (Roger & Linda Walsh).
In the front row left to right are Gavin Mosier (Mavis Lukson Schoarship); Jose Bermudez (Music Department); Lodrigo Omar (Harry E. Lemon Memorial); and Yohannesabeb Belay (Dick Dahlgard Visual Arts).
What Highline Means to Me…
By Roberta Bilic, winner of the 2016 Social Studies Scholarship
High School is a sentimental four years of every student’s life. For me, the period of time I spent at Highline High School challenged me to meet new people, expand my leadership skills, and take courses that would help me in my future. Highline is a home away from home where I spent the majority of my last four years. It was a short period of time where I enjoyed my last few moments as a teenager and made memorable experiences with friends that I will always treasure.
Highline isn’t merely a school that I attended from early in the morning to later in the afternoon. Our school challenged me to meet new people, not only in my classes, but in all of the extracurricular activities that I participated in. I developed skills that I will hold dear to my heart for the rest of my life. I have learned how to create relationships with my peers, run meetings, and become a leader for all of the underclassmen that look up to me. I have learned how to be an excellent representative of what education and personal commitment is about – by becoming a lifelong learner with a high moral character and civic competencies. Highline has helped shape me into the person I am today.
Highline provided me with rigorous academic courses and college prep work that made me aspire to become a high-achieving hard worker, leader, and well-rounded human. Consequently, all of the staff members, teachers, counselors, and students played a vital role on how I came about to be who I am today. My teachers provided moral support during times where I was stressed because of the workload and many responsibilities that I had to withhold. The values that Highline High School engraves in every student will be carried with me for the rest of my life.
I have received so much from others and strive to always give back. Senior year has been hectic trying to balance being in four clubs with leadership positions, taking two Advanced Placement classes, working part-time, and trying to complete all the scholarships and college applications. Through the process I found myself to be constantly stressed and overwhelmed. At times, I even doubted my capabilities as I was trying to balance everything with only a little bit of rest in between. The program College Access Now helped me through this rough time. Ms. Caroline was our advisor who was there from day one. With her motivation and help I was overwhelmed with gratitude. Her thoughtful words of encouragement were exactly what I needed. Having someone acknowledge all of the hard work and dedication one has put into something only brings about positive energy. Her presence alone made the room much more propitious. Because of people like her at Highline, I was able to develop many amazing relationships that have contributed to my success today.
I believe that success can be formed through teamwork and not only one person’s independent work. Highline gave me the opportunity to take lead in events such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Penny Drive. For the past two years, I have taken lead in hopes of raising enough money to help the organization find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. Being a student who is highly interested in the medical field and has had close family friends diagnosed with various cancer types, I was given this opportunity through the hopes of contributing to many communities. This effort wasn’t solely based on my own work, I had many students from different grade levels come out and sign up for committees that I had created. And through our team effort we were able to raise a sufficient amount of money.
Overall, if I had to describe Highline High School in three words, I would say it is a positive, encouraging and challenging environment that has given me opportunities that I will always be thankful for.
-Inspirational words from Roberta, Class of 2016, 4.0 GPA at HHS, attending U.W.
Thanks To You… Our membership drive for 2016 brought in $32,057!
In 1995, the fledgling non-profit Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded one $500 Harry Lemon Memorial Citizenship scholarship to a graduating HHS senior. This year, we are proud to award 22 scholarships in the following categories:Science, Mathematics, Business, English, Social Studies, World Language, Music, Fine Arts and Photography, Seniors with special needs, seniors who made great strides to improve their success during their high school years (Turnaround), seniors who are exceptionally involved in school/community/volunteerism (citizenship), a future technology scholarship for a student who intends to enroll in a 4-year college in one the STEM disciplines, and for students who are pursuing vocational education.
A new scholarship, the Steve and Candy (Eyler) Irwin Memorial Scholarship, funded by their family and the classes of 1960 and 1961, will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in education or a trade. Special thanks for a generous donation of $10,000 from Basil Anex, class of 1949, for our science department scholarship! Thanks also to the Class of 1976. In 2016, they donated remaining reunion funds of $250 to support our scholarships.
Our main funding sources are your Alumni memberships, plus generous donations, endowments and memorial gifts. Join us for $10 annually or become one of our 748 Lifetime Members for $100. We raise scholarship funds at our annual Golf Day and the All-Class Alumni Reunion and it is our privilege and honor each year to award the Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees and the HHS Alumnus of the Year. Please consider donating this year to this worthy cause.
Please 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!
…Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers we have that help every year. And to the rest of you - sometimes volunteering can be as simple as helping at the golf tournament, the all class reunion, joining the 4th of July parade, or suggesting nominees for the athletic hall of fame or alumnus of the year. Or how about one or two meetings a year as your class rep? Not that hard.
Join us! We are always searching for new volunteers for: Alumni foundation officers, donations for All Class Reunion auction, newsletter articles, and alumni class representatives and more. If you are interested, contact Gary Korsgaard at firstname.lastname@example.orgMichele (Ham) Miller at email@example.com or
Kevin Ostic at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Introducing Our Current Board Members:
President – Gary Korsgaard 1964
Vice President - Joanne Bakken Pease 1970
Treasurer - Scott Salzer 1971
Secretary - Martha Brock 1958
Member At Large - Sally Newton 1970, Tricia Anderson 1977
Alumni Soundings Coordinator – Michele Ham Miller 1978
Golf Day – Kevin Ostic 1971, Larry Olson 1960
Scholarships - Patti Burgess 1950, Tricia Anderson 1977
Membership - Cathy Low 1967
Website - Kevin Ostic 1971
Facebook Manager – Marc Anderson 1972
Athletic Hall of Fame – Howard Call 1957
Congratulations, Michael Walsh, Class of 1977
2016 HHS Alumni Foundation Alumnus of the Year
Michael Walsh was born in Burien in 1959 and graduated from Highline High School in 1977. His further education included earning a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1981, and a MS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1983.
Michael left Northwestern University in 1985 to pursue a career in software engineering. In 1998, Michael co-founded a company that eventually became Quotient Technologies. Its consumer brand, Coupons.com, is the leading provider of digital coupons and online offers. Michael is extremely grateful to the many opportunities provided by Highline High School. Highline High leaders pointed Michael toward his eventual very successful career.
Having had great business years and a long-lasting memory of how his parents helped fund their children's college studies, Michael was interested in providing others the same opportunity to begin their college, professional, or vocational training.The Alumni Foundation wishes to gratefully acknowledge Michael Walsh’s generous donations for the past three years, of over $60,000. Thank you!
… to read more about Michael, please see our website…