The Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded over $60,000 in scholarships to Pirate seniors this year. Here are this year’s recipients, honored June 4, 2017:
Top row, left to right:Joey Swim-Balcom (English Department Scholarship), Amir Shazaad (Uli & Gayle Chi Mathematics), David Dinh (Nancy Tully Memorial—Business), Chelsi Haskins (Music), Kathleen Silvernale (Dick Dahlgard Visual Arts), Jenna Wydick (R. & L. Walsh), Benji Box (Harry E. Lemon Memorial), and Carson Torres (McEachern Family Fine Arts).
Middle Row, left to right:Miriam Alkorashy (Emily Nishimura Herod), Lauren Powers (Donald Bunger, Future Technology), Tara Nester (Anex Brothers—Basil, George, & Robert, Science), Alyda Marincovich (Patti Burgess Future Teacher), Natalie Ha (Steve & Candy Eyler-Irwin), Rasha Barem (Social Studies), and Madison Hall-Lambert (Dr. Alan Gunsul).
Front row, left to right:Dominic Quiroz (Turn-around), Jason Luna-Posadas (Patti Burgess Future Teacher), Stephanie Menka (R. & L. Walsh), Katherine Montenegro-Blandon (R. & L. Walsh), and Tseyon Nurilegn (Mavis Luksan).Not pictured:Debbie Acheampong (Mavis Luksan), Miquela Wallace (Turn-around), and Nayeli Quiroz-Torres (World Languages).
Photo by Marc Anderson.
2017 Alumni Foundation Events
May 3rd 2017 - Final Selection of Scholarship Recipients
May 13th 2017 - All Class Reunion in HHS Cafetorium
June 2017 - Athletic Hall of Fame Selection
June 4th 2017 - Scholarship Reception at Burien Library (Time to be determined)
June 2017 - Senior Celebration Assembly - Present Alumni of the Year
June 2017 - Graduation for Class of 2017
July 4th 2017 - Burien Parade - HHSAF Old Car Participation
August 18th 2017 - Annual Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at Auburn Golf Course - morning time to be determined
From the Pres… Gary Korsgaard, Class of 1964
…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
2016 Membership Drive Results
1 Year Dues $ 1,620
Lifetime Members $ 3,200
Member Donations $17,750
Golf Day Proceeds: $ 9,487
Thank you for your generous donations for HHS Scholarships
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
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Scholarship Work Party Spring of 2016
Tricia Anderson HHSAF, student Ramiro Contreras, Sydney Williams HHS College and Career Specialist, Roberta Bilic student and winner of the Social Studies Dept Scholarship
Pizza donated by Angelo's of Burien
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.
Michael Walsh - 2016 Alumnus of the Year
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…
Update on Uli Chi - 2011 Alumnus of the Year and One of the Founding Members of the Highline High School Alumni Foundation
Uli is Founder and Chair of Computer Human Interaction, a software company that develops 3-D virtual reality software that simplifies complex decision making for consumers and businesses. He is also active in board governance at various non-profits in the Pacific Northwest, including the currrent Board Chair of Highline Medical Center in Burien and as a board member of Catholic Health Initiatives' Franciscan Health System in Tacoma.
Uli currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Additionally, he is Vice Chair of the Board at he De Pree Center, and Chair of the Executive Committe of the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University. He previously served as Chair of Regent College's Board of Governors in Vancouver, BC.
Uli was part of the original group of HHS Alumni that founded and operated the Highline High School Alumni Foundation and was the 2011 Highline High School Alumnus of the Year.
Upcoming 2017 Class Reunion Information
If you are planning a reunion in 2017 contact Michele Ham Miller (Class of 1978) - Email Memill59@comcast.net
Please provide the following information: Class Year, Date & Time, Location, Reunion Contact Names and Phone Numbers, and Internet Links to Your Website.
2017 Reunion Information & Contacts
Class of 1967 - 50th Reunion
September 16th 2017
Rainier Golf and Country Club
Contact Web Links for Class of 1967 website and Gary Low Class Rep Below
2017 All Class Reunion Set For May 13th - Tickets Available online now!
Class of 1950 at 2015 All Class Reunion
ALL CLASS REUNION May 21st, 2011
Back row: Joanne Bakken Pease, Chuck Tucker, Mike and Gretchen Selivanoff, Bob Rosenburger, Susan Steele McEwen, John, Mel McClure, Jon Adams, Barbara Weber Reamer
Second row: Barbara Musselman Ward, Steve VanGasken, Mark and Margaret Van Gasken, Patty Stewart Burgess, Joan Stewart Dehn, Ella Carlson Christophersen, Peggy Russell Snell, Basil and Gretchen Anex, Jim Lingwood, Barbara Bensen Nist, Sharon Dadder Chambers
Front Row: Rosalyn Remick Malinoski, Jackie Steele, Herbert Leake, Earlene Henniger Rice and Fred Rice, Luella Joote Ortiz, Tudy Foote Lingwood, and Bettie Bradshaw
13th ANNUAL HIGHLINE HIGH SCHOOL ALL-CLASS REUNION 2017
Highline High School Cafeteria, Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$25.00 PER PERSON:Includes catered lunch, rental of school, meet & greet
NAME:Last ____________________________ First ___________________________
Maiden _____________________________ Year Graduated_______________
Checks payable to HHS All Class Reunion. Send to Joanne Pease: 130 South 108th Pl., Seattle, WA98168
New! Pay by credit card on our Website under the Contribute Now tab!
Contact Joanne Pease at 206-244-2248 or Peezpod@gmail.com or Michele Miller Memill59@comcast.net
for more info or to donate auction items. Early registration is encouraged! Join us with your reunion group!
DONATIONS OF NEW ITEMS WELCOMED FOR SILENT AUCTION. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Athletic Hall Of Fame
2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Tim Crawley - Teacher and Soccer Coach
Tyler Geving, Class of ’91 Basketball)
Alejandra Roncancio, Class of ’98 (volleyball, basketball,and softball)
Left to Right - Peter Fewing Class of 1981 inductee in the Hall of Fame with HHS teacher and soccer coach Tim Crawley
Sharing Info on Ernie Steele (1999 Hall of Fame Inductee) from Rob Ketcherside Class of 1992
Rob Ketcherside lives in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighboorhood and writes history for a local blog. He was researching a piece and was suprized to read that Ernie Steele (who had a popular restaurant on Broadway for 5 decades) was a Highline High School grad like himself. Rob graduated in 1992.
Attached below is Rob's article on the history of the building Ernie owed and operated along with Ernie's NFL profile and stats. Of special interest is that Ernie played for 3 different teams (Eagles, Steelers and a combo team called the "Steagles" which ombined both teams during WW2 when there were few men left to play.
Thanks to Rob for taking the time to send this info about a HHS grad!
The 2016 Golf Tournament was a great success! Thanks to all that attended and our golf hole sponsors displayed below!
WHO? All Highline Alumni, family, friends or anyone who enjoys a day of golf! WHERE? Auburn Golf Course 29630 Green River Road SE Auburn, WA 98092
WHEN? Friday, August 18, 2017 7:30am Shotgun start. Please arrive by 7:00am PRICE? $90 per player. Includes: Green fee, golf cart, buffet lunch and prizes! No Host Bar. There are to be no outside beverages brought onto the premises. Thank you. OPTIONAL: Mulligans may be purchased prior to beginning your round for $10 each. Limit (8) per foursome. RAFFLE: Raffle Tickets may be purchased for $1 each at all par three holes. Buy one (or more) and get double the number if you hit the green on your tee shot.
Drawing for prizes will be at lunch! CONTEST: Hole in One Contest on Holes #4, 8, 14, and 16. Win up to $15,000 Cash. 4 prizes $15 fee to enter for all 4 holes—purchase tickets at Registration FORMAT: SCRAMBLE: Mens, Womens, or Mixed Foursomes. Singles, doubles or threesomes will be paired with others. QUESTIONS: Larry Olson @ 253-631-6466 or Cathy Low @ 206-244-3044 REFUNDS: No refunds for cancellations will be given after August 4, 2017
PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR HHSAF GOLF TOURNAMENT
1) EASISET WAY IS TO GO TO THE CONTRIBUTE NOW WEBSITE PAGE - select the golf tournament section, select the amount of players, and you can pay for one to four players via a secure credit card transaction. Please include the names of each player.
2) CLICK ON THE PDF FILE BELOW AND COMPLETE THE PLAYER REGISTRATION FILE BELOW - Enter your players, names, and other info and send the form back to the Alumni Foundation address with your check.
Dont delay as the tournament is filling up fast and thanks for contributing to a great cause!
Words and music written by Diane Williams Read, Class of 1950. Diane received a $15.00 reward and says, "Too bad there weren't royalties!" Diane is one of our newest Lifetime Members. Thank you and welcome, Diane!
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