Michael Walsh Donates $500,000 Scholarship Fund to Highine Alumni Foundation
News Release from the Highline High School Alumni Foundation
Pirate Grad Comes Through Big for Highline High School Alumni Foundation
BURIEN – Highline High School Alumni Michael Walsh has made a gigantic financial pledge to the school’s Alumni Foundation.
Walsh, a 1977 graduate, will donate $100,000 per year for five years beginning in 2019. This amount is on top of the $20,000 he already gives annually. The entire amount will be used for college scholarships for Highline seniors.
“I’m thrilled and ecstatic,” said Foundation President Gary Korsgaard, a 1964 Highline graduate. “This is just a super opportunity for us to help more students. We had a goal to expand our program and it has come true. Michael Walsh is truly an amazing individual.”
Walsh was the 2017 Highline High School Alumni of The Year. For his part, he says this is his way to give back to the community where he was raised.
“It’s the best feeling in the world to give back to others,” Walsh commented. “I want to help kids with vision to better themselves and the world. The last thing we need is to have our best students not make good decisions in their lives because of financial needs. Also, it’s much more fun to give money while you’re alive so you can see the good being done.”
Walsh gave the Alumni Foundation credit for building trust with donors. “The Foundation has done a great job with selecting kids, so that gives me and other donors faith that our dollars will be spent wisely,” he observed. The Foundation started in 1995 and offered one $500 scholarship. In 2018, it gave out 23 scholarships worth $67,000. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded a total of 341 scholarships worth $618,000.
Walsh was what he called a “boss nerd” while in public school in Burien. In ninth grade, he rode his bicycle from Sylvester Junior High to Highline High School to take all available calculus and science classes. Once he completed these, he attended Highline Community College for advanced classes while still in high school.
He attended Cal Tech and quickly found that he was no longer the smartest guy in the room. “The whole place was populated with boss nerds from their high schools,” he laughed. “I liked that, and I wanted to learn how to hang in that room!”
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Cal Tech, he earned a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern. While working on his doctorate at Northwestern, he discovered the personal computer. “I just blossomed from there,” he said. “I realized what a powerful tool this would be.” The doctorate went by the wayside and he was involved in six startup tech companies – all unsuccessful. The seventh was a home run: He was one of the founders of Coupons.com, which has since been acquired by Quotient Technology. Walsh is just starting retirement and looking forward to more philanthropy.
Walsh currently funds four scholarships through the Alumni Foundation: A $5,000 scholarship in the name of retired Highline teacher Don Bunger, targeted at students with a science and engineering bent; and three $2,500 scholarships in the name of his parents, Roger and Linda Walsh, for students moving into vocational careers.
“I owe so much to my parents, who sacrificed a lot to help me fund my education, and to the community as a whole that supported my education,” Walsh concluded.
(Contact: Foundation President Gary Korsgaard, 206-300-8529; Marc Anderson, 503-819-0375)
HHSAF General Meeting Oct. 29th -7 PM @ ERAC
Highline High School Alumni Foundation General Meeting
Monday October 29th 2018 - 7 PM
At THE ERAC
Introducing Our New 2018 Scholarship Recipients
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
Highline High School Alumni Foundation Awards 23 Scholarships for $67,000!
Article By B-Town Blog Writer Shelly Voie
On Sunday evening, June 10, the Highline High School Alumni Foundation awarded over $67,000 in scholarships to 23 graduating seniors of Highline High School. Families, alumni, staff, and honorees celebrated the students’ awards and accomplishments at the Highline ERAC Building.
Foundation President Gary Korsgaard (Class of 1964) opened the evening with Pirate pride about how much the program has grown since 1995, when it awarded just a single $500 scholarship.
Scholarship chair Patti Burgess (Class of 1950) shared a story about the namesake of the first scholarship, “a very precious teacher” named Harry Lemon. Mr. Lemon taught music and biology at HHS and later taught at Camp Waskowitz. While teaching names of trees and plants, he would joke with Waskowitz students, “I know you’ve heard of a fuzzy peach, but you probably haven’t heard of a hairy lemon!” Burgess then introduced the 2018 Harry E. Lemon Scholarship recipient, Ingrid Perce, and continued by highlighting information about each scholarship, its sponsor, and its winner.
New this year is the Tom Sawyer AVID Scholarship, which is named for a former principal. Its recipient, Erendira Mercado, said “AVID has been really helpful. They helped me pay for three SATs and the ACT.” AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities. In Highline, AVID is an elective class that students can join in middle and high school.
When asked what they liked about HHS, some students answered the spirit, the people, the diversity, and those “who are trying to change the stigma of going to Highline High School,” explaining that the run-down building doesn’t represent the high quality of the students and teachers in it.
More than one student thanked Sydney Williams, HHS College and Career Access Specialist, for her invaluable help with college and scholarship applications.
University of Washington Seattle is the favorite choice of the graduates, with Western Washington University, Gonzaga University, Pomona College, Stanford University, Pacific Lutheran University, Colorado College, and George Fox University rounding out the list.
The Foundation’s annual golf tournament funds some of the scholarships. Alumni and staff (living or passed), family members, and BECU round out the remainder of the donors and scholarship namesakes.
The 2018 Highline High School Alumni Foundation Scholarship recipients are:
Mike Walsh Sponsors 4 Schloarships With New Donald Bunger Future Technology Award
Front Row: L-R Leann Barnes (Donald Bunger Future Technology Scholarship), Caitlynn Rahal, Nghi Lam, Noel Rodriguez (Walsh Family Scholarships)
Back Row: Sponsor Mike Walsh
Mike Walsh & Donald Bunger With Future Technology Award Winner Leann Barnes
Patti Burgess with Future Teacher Scholarship Recipient Valerie Tran
John P. Ashley & Family with Scholarship Recipient Christian Hagler
Howard Call (Former HHS Alumni President) Coach and Teacher to Offer $5,000 Scholarship for Class of 2019
Former Alumni Presidents - Howard Call and Sally Newton
Howard Call, former Alumni Association President, teacher and coach at Highline High School announced a preliminary offer at the Scholarship Celebration meeting to fund a scholarship for a Highline student in 2019 on the track team. More details to follow!
Highine HS to Relocate to Olympic Interim School in 2019-2020 For Remodel
New HHS Construction Preserves Past, Looks Ahead
Strong community support, including alumni, community members, families, staff and students, for Highline High School’s new construction assures that the chosen design will be reminiscent of the past, yet look to the future. Therebuilt north entry will use existing materials salvaged from the original main entrance, either existing brick or new brick matching the existing red brick veneer as closely as possible. The project team has been exploring possibilities for including historical pieces and honoring history in the new school. Final design approval by the school board will take place in 2018. Hopefully the ornamental busts of significant figures and Pirate stained-glass window will be preserved to welcome future generations of students. HHS will remain open one more year, then Olympic Interim School will house students for two years during construction, with the opening of the new and improved Highline High School slated for the fall of 2021.
Find additional information on the Highline High School & Highline Schools websites.
2017 Scholarship Recipients
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.
Membership Drive Information
Thanks to You… Our membership drive for 2017 brought in $22,070!
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 2017, we gave 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 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, for students who are pursuing vocational education and a future teacher scholarship.
This year, two new scholarships will be awarded: The John P. Ashley Family Scholarship for an engineering or business student and the Tom Sawyer AVID Scholarship for a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) student. Tom Sawyer was principal of HHS in the 1990’s.
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 833 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, WA 98166
or pay by credit card on our Website under the Contribute Now tab.
We are searching for new volunteers with fresh ideas, alumni class representatives and more. We welcome your ideas for updates for our website, 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.
If you are interested, contact:
Gary Korsgaard at firstname.lastname@example.org
Michele (Ham) Miller at email@example.com
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2018 - 2019 Alumni Foundation Event Calendar
October 29th 2018 - General Meeting - Monday at 7 PM at ERAC
2018 Alumni Board Members
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
What Highline Means To Me by Benji Box
What Highline Means to Me…
By Benji Box, winner of the 2017 Harry E. Lemon Memorial Scholarship
Highline is and always has been my second home. I am a third generation Pirate, with generations one and two both coming back to teach at this school. I have been involved with sports since my freshman year, always doing three sports a year. I have some of the greatest friends anybody could ever ask for, including both students and staff. I worked tirelessly this year to help pass Proposition1, which will help Highline Schools District ease the pressures they are currently feeling and rebuild Highline High School. Even before I was a freshman, I was at and around this school because my mother teaches here. This taught me to love the school and people here, so seeing people disrespect the school really makes me mad. I hope you consider me for this scholarship.
From a Grateful Joseph Swim-Balcom, 2017 English Department Scholarship Winner…
To the wonderful Highline High School Alumni Foundation,
It is a true honor to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 English Department Scholarship. As a freshman, I saw seniors being recognized who had won scholarships and dreamed of it being my turn, hearing my name called and accepting a scholarship. What you Alumni do for all of us Pirates is remarkable, it goes far beyond funding scholarships - it’s keeping the Pirate Legacy alive. As a low-income student, someone who has worked their tail off knowing I couldn’t afford college on my own, it means EVERYTHING to me that your generosity propelled me to being able to pay for college and allowed me to fulfill a long time dream. Please never for one second think you or your generosity is not appreciated, because it is. Moving forward, continuing my education, I will always have thanks and a gratitude for you in my heart. All through my mind next year, and even looking back as an adult and elder, I will cherish this honor, remember it, and continue to make you, and the rest of Highline proud.
(Joseph will be studying Journalism at WSU.)
Why I Want to be a Teacher…
By Alyda Marincovich, winner of the Patti Stewart Burgess Future Teacher Scholarship
I want to become a teacher because I have been influenced by so many great teachers in my time in school. I want to be able to make a difference in the lives of my students like so many of my teachers have made in mine. In my opinion, teaching is about more than having the students learn the material and be able to recite it for a test, it’s about helping them grow their interests and explore their interests. I would like to teach language art and social studies because those are the subjects where creativity can thrive. In language arts, students are able to explore worlds and apply what they learned to our own world. They can see what decisions the characters make that didn’t work out and figure out what they could have done differently if they were in the same situation. They can also write down any of their problems and solve them in their own way that may not be possible in real life; it give them the opportunity to see beyond themselves into what might be. With social studies, students are able to learn about those that came before us and get to know their world and explore their stories. They can learn from the mistakes of our forefathers to see that those don’t get repeated. The humanities are a place where students can learn from others to bring them into a more informed adulthood.
How You Can Contribute
Use the "Contribute Now" Page
And Donate to the Highline High School Alumni Foundation
The Alumni Foundation has partnered with E commercce processing to install a safe and reliable ecommence solution on the Contribute Now page so you can simply donate by using your credit or debit card. This option helps reduce our administrative expenses and make it easier to reach out to a wider network of former alumni and friends directly through the web. Our system has been live for years and is available for annual donations, golf hole sponsorships, the annual golf tournament, and reunions and you will immediately recieve a tax deductable receipt!
Ray Conner 2017 Alumnus of the Year
Congratulations, Ray Conner, Class of 1973
2017 HHS Alumni Foundation Alumnus of the Year
Recently retired Boeing Vice Chairman Ray Conner, who was previously President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. The second highest ranking executive in the company, Conner started out as a mechanic on Boeing’s Renton factory floor building 727s. Yet another Highline High School Alum success story
2018 Class Reunion Information
The All Class Reunion was held May 19th in the auxilary gym. We had 29 member from classes 1949 to 1979. Everyone had a great time visiting with old friends and new!
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.
2018 Reunion Information & Contacts
Class of 1958 - 60th Reunion
September 15th 2018 - Saturday
At THE EMBASSY SUITES
15920 West Valley Highway, Tukwila, WA.
in the Triple Crown Ballroom
Cocktails at 5 PM and Dinner at 6 PM
Limited amount of rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis
Contact is Martha Brock at 206-242-8304
Class of 1968 - 50th Reunion
August 18th 2018
At THE COVE
Contact is DaveHorsfall@AlkiSurfShop
Class of 1978 - 40th Reunion
October 13th 2018 - Saturday
Normandy Park Cove
7 PM to 11 PM
Cost is $40.00 per person. Important to buy your admission early as the reunion costs need to be paid in advance of the event. ( September 30th at the latest) woud be helpful!
Only accepting money orders and checks
Make checks or money orders out to:
HHS Class of 1978 Reunion
PO Box 48229
Burien, WA. 98148
Organized by Bob Wray. See Facebook Page for more Info
The All Class Reunion was held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Auxiliary Gym on the west side of the school.
HHSAF GOLF TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
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 17, 2018 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. Limit 16 per foursome, 4 per golfer. 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, 2018 Register and Pay online with your credit card at: www.highline-highschool-alumni-foundation.org For news on the Alumni Foundation, reunions and more, please visit our website: www.highline-highschool-alumni-foundation.org Highline High School Alumni Foundation Golf Day
If you, your company, or class would be interested in sponsoring a hole or donating prizes for our Golf Day, please contact Cathy Low @ 206-244-3044. The HHS Alumni Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary focus is furthering student’s education through awarding scholarships in a variety of curriculum areas each year. The Golf Day helps raise funds for this project and we thank you for your support
The HHSAF Golf Committee is pleased to announce
some exciting changes to our annual “Golf Day”
As we did last year, we will have our Closest to Pin and Longest Drive awards in two brackets: 65 and over, and 65 and under for both men and women.
We are having a “Hole-in-One” contest on hole #4 to win $15,000!!!! In addition to the $15,000 there are 3 more prizes to win in the Hole-in-One contest: Cash, PING Irons and more!
$15.00 prepaid fee at check-in qualifies golfers in all four holes. Tickets will also be sold at each hole for $5.00
New pricing for Mulligans! 4 for $30 or 2 for $20 (Maximum 4 per person
Please arrive no later than 7am in order to purchase your Mulligans and Tickets for the Hole-In-One contests
We will have our standard “Raffle” tickets at the par 3 holes at #8, #14, and #16. Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, 12 for $10. If you hit the green on your drive, we will double your tickets!!
We will also have our standard $20 Group Fee on Hole #12 which enables your group to advance to the 150 yard marker.
In addition to all of the above we will also be having a 50/50 Raffle during lunch and the awards ceremony.
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. Enter your name, address, and credit card info and submit. Please print your reciept.
2) TO SEND A CHECK CLICK ON THE PDF FILE BELOW AND COMPLETE THE PLAYER REGISTRATION FORM - 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!
Special Thanks to BECU (Boeing Credit Union) for their generous annual donations!
Thanks to our 2017 Hole Sponsors!
Sunrise Financial Services - Madeline Kissler
Vision Collision - Justin Knowles
The Ashley Family - Jeff Ashley c/o 1977
Proficio Financial Services LLC - Mark D. Flaten c/o 1977
Class of 1945 - Betty Carter
Class of 1955 - Linda & Alden Esping
Sabrina Mandich DDS
Class of 1967 - Nancy Raume Carr
The Tin Room - Dan Haus
Class of 1972 - Marc Anderson
Special Products - Scott Salzer c/o 1971
Class of 1950 - Patti Stewart Burgess
Class of 1957 - Howard & Jackie Call
Pancake Chef - Loren Sisley
Pape Machinery - Scott Benham c/o 1987
Burien Trophy - Angie Coy-Jackson
Class of 1964 - Gary Korsgaard
Class of 1971- Kevin & Beth Ostic
Class of 1960- Larry & Dian Olson
Linn, Schisel & DeMarco - Julie Schisel
Hawthorne & Co. Inc. - David Hawthorne
Class of 1957 - Jack Kalina & classmates
Mike Scarff Subaru of Auburn - Jim Read
Ray Conner - c/o 1973
Barry Rodda, Class of 1963
Athletic Hall Of Fame
2017 Athletic Hall of Fame
Kriksten Rodal - Class of 2013
State Champion Gymnastics
Mike Ewwaliko - Class of 1990 - Football
(Played 4 Years at University of Washington)
Mark Buckingham - Class of 1963
4 Time State Champion in Gymnastics
Highline High School Alma Mater
Through the halls our voices ringing
Praising Alma Mater
Proudly we hear praises singing
As we stand together.
The Purple and the Gold
Loyally we pledge ourselves
to our colors bold.
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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