Gold Star Awards Breakfast

Save the date for the 2018 Gold Star Awards Fundraising Breakfast at Cedarbrook Lodge: Friday, April 20, 2018

THANK YOU HIGHLINE!

On Friday, April 14, 2017 over 200 people gathered at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac to support Highline Schools Foundation at our annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast.

Because of the generosity of our community, students in Highline Public Schools continue to benefit from abundant opportunities to learn, grow, and excel. You are making a difference in the lives of individual students and your gifts help to provide outstanding academic and athletic programs, scholarships, tools for our teachers, a rich community environment and so much more.

2017 Gold Star Awards Premier Sponsor Alaska Airlines

2017 Gold Star Award Winners2017 Gold Star Award Winners


2017 Gold Star Alumnus Julia Patterson
2017 Gold Star Outstanding Alumnus Julia Patterson, Tyee High School


Cedarhurst Elementary Choir
Cedarhurst Elementary Choir

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All of the funds raised by Highline Schools Foundation help students and teachers in Highline Public Schools get the resources they need to be successful. The Foundation funds a myriad of needs in Highline—including scholarships, district athletic needs, technology, college and career readiness, early learning initiatives and support for our neediest students and families. Support through corporate and individual sponsorship plays an integral role in the Foundation’s success.

  • 2017 Premier Sponsors: Alaska Airlines, The Boeing Company, and Dan and Claudia House, The Tin Room
  • Executive Event Sponsor: The Partners Group
  • Gold Sponsors: Bassetti Architects, Century Link Business, HMS Host, Integrus Architecture, JTM Construction, King County Housing Authority
  • Corporate Sponsors: CHI Franciscan Health, Inspirus Credit Union, Mainspring Wealth Advisors, Sounders FC’s RAVE Foundation
  • Community Sponsors: Alpine Ridge Construction, Anning-Johnson, Inc., Cedarbrook Lodge, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Foster Pepper PLLC, Highline College, Highline Education Association, Marvista Elementary PTSA, Matt Griffin YMCA, Recology CleanScapes Inc., Rotary Club of Des Moines/Normandy Park, SGS Glass, U.A. Local 32 Plumbers & Pipefitters
  • Friends of the Foundation: Hargis Engineers, Inc., Marine Container Solutions, LLC

Sponsorship benefits every student, in every classroom, every day!


How Can You Help?

Each year, the Gold Star Awards Breakfast is a much-anticipated celebration and fundraiser to benefit the Highline Schools Foundation, which is the only nonprofit organization supporting all Highline Public Schools. Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools and directly supporting students in our district in areas where state funding cannot.

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.

Become a Sponsor Support from community businesses and corporations are integral to our success. The Highline Schools Foundation exists solely for the purpose of providing resources to the nearly 20,000 students in Highline Public Schools. Your sponsorship benefits every student, in every classroom, every day. Every single one of our students has the ability to become contributing members of our community. Together, we can help them succeed. Download 2017 Gold Star Breakfast Sponsorship Opportunities now for more information or contact Anne M. Baunach, Executive Director for more information about sponsorship opportunities for all the Foundation events. [email protected].

Be a Table Captain Table captains are an important part of the success of the annual Gold Star Awards Breakfast. Table captains are volunteers who offer to fill a table (or more!) for the event by purchasing a table themselves and filling it with friends/family/colleagues, or by inviting friends/family/colleagues to join them at their table by purchasing their own tickets to the event. If you would like to serve as a Table Captain in 2017, please contact Anne M. Baunach, Executive Director [email protected] | (206) 631-3120.

Attend the Breakfast Attend the Gold Star Awards Breakfast and help raise the critical funds needed to support the nearly 20,000 public school students in Highline Public Schools.

Date: April 14, 2017 at Cedarbrook Lodge

Can’t attend this year’s breakfast but want to make a donation? You can make a make a secure, encrypted credit card donation online anytime or if you prefer, you can call the Highline Schools Foundation office at (206) 631-3120.


2016 Highlights

Gold Star Awards 2016 Logo - All In!

In 2016, this celebration raised over $103,000 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.

Thank you to everyone who made an investment in the future of our students!

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An original poem written by Ms. Plotke’s AP English Class, HHS and recorded with their own voices. The poems talks about student identity and how they want to be viewed by our community.

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.


2015 Highlights:

Own Your Impact - Highline Schools Foundation Breakfast - April 17 at Cedarbrook Lodge

2015 Gold Star Award Winners

Pictured left to right: Outstanding Administrator – Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation; Outstanding Volunteer – Bill Tracy, Community Volunteer; Outstanding Alumnus – Michael Strand, Director of Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific, EHS Class of ‘84; Outstanding Teacher – Yazmin Gil, Teacher – Kindergarten Dual Language, Hilltop Elementary School; Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kimberly Campi, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School. Not pictured: Outstanding Professional Staff – Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement

“The energy in the room was electric,” said Foundation President Erin Ambrozic. “Now more than ever, the community needs to wrap around the students in Highline to get them what they need to succeed. You could definitely feel the support in the room,” she added.

Highlights from the 2015 Gold Star Awards Breakfast include:

  • Music from Mount Rainier High School Chamber Strings—and an emotive national anthem played on violin by Hayley Camp.
  • The surprise announcement of a $5,000 scholarship to Cecilia Vu, Senior at Technology, Engineering & Communications High School (TEC), awarded by Alaska Airlines.
  • A thoughtful thank you from Outstanding Alumnus award recipient, Michael Strand, who flew from his home in Singapore where he works for Microsoft, to accept the award. Mr. Strand eloquently acknowledged the teachers in Highline that had an impact on him.
  • The announcement of a new, $6,000 Foundation scholarship provided by Burien’s Tin Room to a graduating senior attending a trade school.
  • The surprise gift of two First Class tickets on Alaska Airlines to Outstanding Teacher Yazmin Gil from Hilltop Elementary School.
  • And the honoring of the following 2015 Highline Schools Foundation Gold Star Award winners:
    • Outstanding Teacher – Yazmin Gil, Teacher – Kindergarten Dual Language, Hilltop Elementary School
    • Outstanding Administrator – Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation
    • Outstanding Alumnus – Michael Strand, Director of Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific, EHS Class of ‘84
    • Outstanding Professional Staff – Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement
    • Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kimberly Campi, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School
    • Outstanding Volunteer – Bill Tracy, Community Volunteer

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The 2015 Gold Star Award winners were announced on March 19th at the Gold Star Awards BASH!

2015 Gold Star Award Winners(pictured from left to right)
Back row: Outstanding Teacher – Yazmin Gil, Teacher – Kindergarten Dual Language, Hilltop Elementary School; Outstanding Volunteer – Bill Tracy, Community Volunteer
Gold Star Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kimberly Campi, Teacher – Grade 2, McMicken Heights Elementary School; Outstanding Professional Staff – Barb Wilson, College Access Specialist, Student Advancement; Outstanding Administrator – Anne Arnold, Director, PreK-3 Early Learning, Instruction & Innovation
Front Row: Shirley & Bert Strand – parents of Outstanding Alumnus – Michael Strand, Director of Microsoft Business Solutions, Asia Pacific, EHS Class of ‘84 (not pictured)


2014 Highlights:

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.

On April 22, 2014, 230 people gathered at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac to support Highline Schools Foundation at its 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.
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.

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