2014 Gold Star Awards Breakfast Results

Highline Schools Foundation’s Gold Star Awards Breakfast Filled with Great Moments and Big Giving!

We Are Highline - 2014 Gold Star Awards Breakfast

2014 Gold Star Alum Ray Conner, The Boeing Company  (right) with Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines

Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines and 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award Winner, honors Ray Conner, this year’s Highline Schools Foundation Gold Star Award Winner for Outstanding Alumnus. Mr. Conner is the President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and graduated from Highline High School in 1973. Photo by Andrew Crain Photography.

Last Friday morning, 230 people gathered at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac to support Highline Schools Foundation at our annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast. This much-anticipated celebration raised over $92,000 to benefit all students in Highline Public Schools by supporting their academic needs, college & career readiness programs, arts and athletic experiences in school, and many more unique and individual needs in Highline.

The event was moving, eye-opening, and inspiring,” said Mike Yellam, Foundation Trustee and Gold Star Awards Breakfast Chair. “It really brought to life the notion that every one of us has a role in supporting our students—and that together—we can have a huge collective impact on their experience while in Highline,” he added.

Highlights from the Gold Star Awards Breakfast include:

  • Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield’s address which gave an insightful look at how Highline is progressing as a result of the district’s new strategic plan—and opportunities ahead.
  • The surprise announcement of a $5,000 scholarship to Camila Palacio, Senior at Raisbeck Aviation High School, awarded by Alaska Airlines as their first annual Highline Schools Foundation Alaska Airlines scholarship.
  • Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines, honoring Ray Conner, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, with the award for “Outstanding Alumnus.” Both Tilden and Conner are products of Highline Public Schools, and both are HHS graduates.
  • A wildly successful centerpiece auction, which raised nearly $6,000 for Highline Schools Foundation in just 60 seconds! The centerpieces were generously provided by local business owner Dan the Sausageman.
  • And the honoring of the following 2014 Highline Schools Foundation Gold Star Award winners:
    • Outstanding Teacher, CLAIRE WAISTELL, Sylvester Middle School
    • Outstanding Administrator, KARIN JONES, McMicken Heights Elementary School
    • Outstanding Classified Employee, LINDA SIMPIER , Highline Transportation Dept.
    • Outstanding Volunteers, Cheryl Forbes, Fuki Masuzawa, Cherie Trondson and Linda Elmore, Bow Lake Elementary School
Scott Ostrander, General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge

Scott Ostrander, General Manager of Cedarbrook Lodge, makes sure he is seen as the “highest bidder” during the event’s centerpiece auction. Centerpieces this year were gift packs provided by Dan the Sausageman. Photo by Andrew Crain Photography.

 

Claire Waistell from Sylvester Middle School (right)

Kristen Kerns, Highline Schools Foundation Board President, hands the Gold Star Award Trophy for Outstanding Teacher to Claire Waistell from Sylvester Middle School, this year’s winner. Photo by Andrew Crain Photography.

 

Vicki Fisher, Karin Jones and Dr. Susan Enfield

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield with Sylvester Principal Vicki Fisher, and Karin Jones, Principal from McMicken Heights—the 2014 winner for of the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Administrator. Photo by Andrew Crain Photography.

 

Camila Palacio, Aileen Cronin and Brad Tilden

Winner of the 1st Annual Highline Schools Foundation Alaska Airlines scholarship, Camila Palacio from Raisebeck Aviation High School, stands with Brad Tilden, President and CEO of Alaska Airlines, and Aileen Cronin, Foundation Trustee and Alaska Airlines Managing Director of Privacy, Security, and Environmental Affairs. Photo by Andrew Crain Photography.

 

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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