Jerrika Wikstrom - Linn, Schisel & DeMarco Scholarship
Not pictured: Ashley Goodall
The HHS Alumni Foundation awarded 13 scholarship grants of $2,000 in 2006 .
Two new Scholarships were established last year
The "Turnaround Student" Scholarship was sponsored by the Karlson family in memory of Ralph Karlson (Class of 1934), This scholarship was developed to recognize a student who had attended HHS all four years and made a promising improvement in his or her life.
The"Alan Gunsul Scholarship" was also sponsored by the Gunsul family to recognize a student for voluntarism and outstanding academic achievement.
In 2007 the "Mavis Luksan Memorial Scholarship" shall also be created in honor of the third grade teacher from Normandy Park by an anonymous donor.
Erica Stetz - First Recipient of the Dr. Alan Gunsul Scholarship
2006 Dr. Alan Gunsul Scholarship:
left to right: Magen Gunsul Michaud, Dr. Alan Gunsul, Erica Stetz (Scholarship Recipient) Maude Gunsul.
“What Highline Means To Me”By Michelle Vo (Class of 2006)
I remember my first day of high school well.I wore an outfit that I had carefully picked out the night before:my favorite pair of jeans paired with a nice, new sweater.My dad dropped me off at the main entrance at exactly 7:05 AM.As I walked up to the school, I thought about how nervous and excited I was to finally be considered a “high schooler.”As I pulled the main doors open though, I was overwhelmed by the blur of faces and the chatter of Highline halls.Lockers slammed, and people bustled back and forth.Friends packed around together like sardines and caught up on summer activities.As I stood feeling lost in the crowd I wondered, how am I going to fit in here?What changes might high school bring?
After four years of being a Highline Pirate:Homecoming dances, meeting new friends, volunteering, yearbook designing, studying for AP exams, and screaming “pirate power!” at assemblies, I believe I can answer the questions of my former self.An individual will “fit in” when he is himself.Changes come in all types and sizes, but all changes happen for a reason.
The most import thing I’ve realized, though, is how much Highline High School has impacted me.Through Highline’s classrooms and library, I have learned a wide breadth of knowledge, ranging from integral calculus to “feathering” on InDesign.Through Highline’s encouraging teachers and supportive peers, I have transformed from an introverted, quiet girl to a confident leadership figure.I believe that Highline instills a philosophy into the mind of every student that walks into its welcoming doors, a philosophy that is etched in the very core of its mascot:be bold, be free, and be yourself.
I have grown to love the place that I hesitated in walking into four years ago, and I will miss it when I leave for college this fall.I learned lessons at Highline I couldn’t have learned anywhere else:the enduring power of friendship, the beauty of diversity, and the concept that we’re all connected.I will always remember Highline not just as the place I went to high school, but a place where I learned, laughed, and became the person I am today.