West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:46:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Congratulations! West Seattle’s Martin de Vrieze completes high-elevation 100-mile race http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-martin-de-vrieze-completes-high-elevation-100-mile-race/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:03:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283647

Congratulations to another West Seattleite for an amazing accomplishment – a high-elevation challenge completed by Martin de Vrieze recently in Colorado. Francine Stroud shares the story and photo:

Martin de Vrieze, a 20-year West Seattle resident, recently ran the Leadville 100 “Race Across the Sky.” This race is 100 miles of extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. The race spans elevations between 9200 feet up to 12,600 feet, and has a total elevation gain of 18,168 feet. The race must be completed in 30 hours or less. Generally, only one half of the runners that start are able to finish the race. This year there were 612 starters and only 351 finishers. The race begins at 4:00 AM in the dark and for Martin ended at dawn the following morning. Martin finished in 25 hrs. 43 mins. 48 secs. He came in 25th in his age group and 93rd overall. We are very proud of him.

Find out more about the race here; results are here.

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Followup: West Seattle Senior Center hires ousted director as consultant, ‘evaluates relationship’ with Senior Services http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-west-seattle-senior-center-hires-ousted-director-as-consultant-evaluates-relationship-with-senior-services/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-west-seattle-senior-center-hires-ousted-director-as-consultant-evaluates-relationship-with-senior-services/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:15:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283611 Karen Sisson is back at the Senior Center of West Seattle – as a consultant.

As first reported here July 14, after 25 years as center director, Sisson was fired by Senior Services, the citywide nonprofit that provides staffing to centers including West Seattle, after sending an e-mail that expressed concern over possible operational changes SS was reported to be considering. SS would not comment on the reason for Sisson’s ouster, but multiple sources attributed it to the e-mail.

Now, the Senior Center’s board – which operates independently of Senior Services and its board – has hired Sisson as a consultant, and is demanding that SS reinstate her as center director. From board president David Robertson:

The Senior Center of West Seattle unanimously adopted a resolution endorsing Karen Sisson as Center Director and expressing its lack of confidence in Paula Houston, the Agency Director of Senior Services. A copy of the resolution is attached:

The Senior Center of West Seattle has hired Karen Sisson as a consultant to assist the Board in dealing with financial matters of the Senior Center of West Seattle as the Senior Center evaluates its relationship with Senior Services.

Unlike most of the Seattle senior centers that are staffed through Senior Services, the West Seattle center owns its own building. In addition to the board resolution, Sisson’s firing also has sparked a community outcry, including a petition drive, and an earlier board “vote of confidence” in her work. Sisson herself hasn’t commented directly on her firing but told WSB she appreciates the messages of support.

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No need to go downtown for a ‘soapbox derby’: North Admiral neighbors put on their own http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/no-need-to-go-downtown-for-a-soapbox-derby-north-admiral-neighbors-put-on-their-own/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/no-need-to-go-downtown-for-a-soapbox-derby-north-admiral-neighbors-put-on-their-own/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:24:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283549

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
The “soapbox race” downtown wasn’t the only one in Seattle today – Beverly invited us to check out the one that happened in her North Admiral neighborhood this afternoon/evening as part of its annual block party.

She explained in the invitation, “We neighbors around College between Walnut and 41st Ave. SW have an annual block party the second to last weekend in August each year” – and much of it is headquartered in her home’s front yard. “There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, so this year we decided to have a soapbox derby!” In the photo below, that’s Beverly’s son Asa in the striped shirt on the right; he designed the cart with Tinkercad.

The derby featured kids of all ages – here’s 3-year-old Reider and 1-year-old brother Hudson:

Whatever the cart design – the neighborhood derby featured human-powered transportation at its finest! Some of it, animal-inspired:

Thanks to Beverly for letting us know about the derby so we could stop by. Something cool happening in YOUR neighborhood? Here’s how to reach us.

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Congratulations! West Seattle’s Tom Donohue wins 2 national championships in track cycling http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-tom-donohue-wins-2-national-championships-in-track-cycling/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/congratulations-west-seattles-tom-donohue-wins-2-national-championships-in-track-cycling/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 06:49:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283463

Congratulations to West Seattle athlete Tom Donohue for his victories at the USA Cycling National Track Championships, which continue through tomorrow on the Eastside. The report and photos are by proud wife Lisa Donohue:

Fauntleroy resident Tom Donohue earned his 2nd Gold medal Saturday at the USA Cycling National Track Championships at Marymoor Velodrome in Redmond. Tom slayed the competition in both the Match Sprint and 500m Time Trial 50-54 year-old category. In addition, he also set a new track record in the 500m.

Tom is a member of the Cucina Fresca cycling team. You might spot him sprinting along the streets of West Seattle in his red and black jersey.

Tom will be traveling to the Manchester England for the World Championships this October. Last year he ranked top 10 in World, and hopes to make it to the podium in 2014.

You can see his 500m time in the results on this page detailing today’s highlights, and his sprint time in the highlights report from Thursday.

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West Seattle scene: Daystar Retirement Village residents help WS Senior Center http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-daystar-retirement-village-residents-help-ws-senior-center/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-daystar-retirement-village-residents-help-ws-senior-center/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:58:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283189

It’s a double celebration tonight at Daystar Retirement Village (WSB sponsor) in Westwood – a barbecue party during which they are celebrating not only summer but also residents’ support for the Senior Center of West Seattle. Last month, Daystar’s Wanda Daudet (above, with SCWS’s Lyle Evans) explains, they sponsored the center’s annual luau, prepared by Daystar chef Kemberli Greco and served to more than 100 attendees, which brought the nonprofit center more than $600. A week later, Daystar’s second annual Senior Summer Camp raised $460 for SCWS, and that’s the check presented during tonight’s barbecue.

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West Seattle scene: Eddie Vedder’s Ice Bucket Challenge video http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-eddie-vedders-ice-bucket-challenge-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-eddie-vedders-ice-bucket-challenge-video/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:22:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282783

Thanks to Philip for pointing this out to us via Twitter – one of the newest celebrity videos in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness, just published on YouTube today, stars West Seattleite and Pearl Jam leader Eddie Vedder, with the bucket wielded by bandmate Mike McCready. Looks like it was recorded on the West Seattle shoreline, too, as Philip noted in his tweet.

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Milestone reunion! Chief Sealth Class of 1984 this weekend http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/milestone-reunion-chief-sealth-class-of-1984-this-weekend/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/milestone-reunion-chief-sealth-class-of-1984-this-weekend/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:38:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282351 Out of the WSB inbox, one last net-casting for Chief Sealth Class of 1984 alums – this weekend is 30-year reunion time, and three events are planned:

*Alumni Mixer – Friday; August 15th at 7:00 pm*
Maxi’s Lounge at the DoubleTree Hotel
18740 International Blvd; Seattle

*Alumni Spouse/Partner Dinner – Saturday; August 16th at 6:00 pm*
Talarico’s Pizza – West Seattle Junction
4718 California Ave SW

*Family Picnic – Sunday; August 17th at 12:00 noon*
Lincoln Park – Picnic Area near the south parking lot

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Memorial next Sunday for C.W. ‘Buck’ Thompson, 1931-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/memorial-next-sunday-for-c-w-buck-thompson-1931-2014/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:08:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282278 Next Sunday afternoon (August 17th) at West Seattle Golf Course, a memorial is planned for “Buck” Thompson, whose family shares this remembrance:

Clair Wallace “Buck” Thompson, 83, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on July 14, 2014.

Buck was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Clair and Ethel Thompson. He was a 1950 graduate of West Seattle High School. He went on to earn a degree at Washington State University in Business with a minor in Architectural Small Dwelling Construction graduating in 1954. In his early years, he worked in the hotel and restaurant management business, was a real estate agent selling recreational property in Eastern Washington, and later sold marine supply equipment with Obert Marine Supply. Buck belonged to the Society of Port Engineers of Puget Sound and held the position of President, Chairman of the Board, “Chicken of the Year,” and “Man of the Year”. He enjoyed travel, fishing, sports, and family.

Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Clair and Ethel, and his sister Judith Ann Campbell.

He is survived by his devoted wife Sharon Thompson; sons Paul (Kim) Thompson and Bryce (Eva) Thompson; daughter Dawn (Eric) Hodo; stepson Jamie (Beth) Trigg; stepdaughter Tracy (Mitch) Trotter; eleven grandchildren and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial for Buck will be held at the West Seattle Golf Course on Sunday, August 17, at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medic One, without whose help Buck would never have been able to receive the care he did: Medic One Fire Department, 301 Second Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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WSB reader report: ‘Gray-haired plant lady’ appreciates that ‘West Seattle loves green’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsb-reader-report-gray-haired-plant-lady-appreciates-that-west-seattle-loves-green/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsb-reader-report-gray-haired-plant-lady-appreciates-that-west-seattle-loves-green/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:52:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282141

Do you know “the gray-haired plant lady”? We don’t know her name, but she had a friend forward these photos and reader report expressing appreciation for West Seattle’s individual green spaces, so we are in turn sharing her words and pictures with you, which she sent under the heading ‘West Seattle Loves Green’:

With all the concrete and steel coming into our community, the citizens of West Seattle are creating their own green spaces. Have you noticed all the new plant containers in front of the local stores? The merchants also contributed to the beautiful hanging baskets. Even the new buildings are adding greenery in front of their buildings. In front of the stores you will find pots, boxes and even a wagon.

The old stump on the corner of California and Alaska has been replaced by a tree and a planter. A couple of days ago, I walked both sides of the street from Admiral Way to West Seattle Nursery. I found over 1,000 pots and planters and over 1,000 plantings. I didn’t count all the deck plants and patios.

I have been asked many times if I do the landscape in front of Hope Lutheran Church. A group of people help weed, mow grass and deadhead plants. The Loren Sommer family grows and plants the whole landscape. Loren, Rachel, and Bernadette spend many hours growing and planting. If you see them, say “thank you!” Omar Sommer, grandpa, helps with the watering system.

I just can’t resist adding that I was Loren’s and Rachel’s first-grade teacher.

‘The gray-haired plant lady’

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‘Bring Karen Back’ campaign launched by supporters of ousted West Seattle Senior Center director Karen Sisson http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/bring-karen-back-campaign-launched-by-supporters-of-ousted-west-seattle-senior-center-director-karen-sisson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/bring-karen-back-campaign-launched-by-supporters-of-ousted-west-seattle-senior-center-director-karen-sisson/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 03:57:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282124 For almost four weeks, we’ve been covering the aftermath of citywide nonprofit Senior Services‘ decision to fire longtime Senior Center of West Seattle director Karen Sisson (WSB file photo at left). While the center has its own board of directors, they don’t have hiring/firing power over staff, but the board voiced their support for her leadership, days after learning of her firing.

Now community supporters are launching a campaign, telling WSB that tomorrow, a community petition drive will kick off to urge Sisson’s reinstatement. Volunteers are gathering at the West Seattle Farmers’ Market at 10:30 am Sunday to ‘share information and collect signatures and support for bringing back Karen Sisson as director of the Senior Center of West Seattle,” according to a note we received today from Cindy, who adds, “Any volunteers are welcome to join us. We are also setting up a Facebook page, ‘Bring Karen Back,’ for people to start their own petitions and upload information.” That page is here. Sisson led the Senior Center for a quarter-century, with her accomplishments and the center’s growth detailed and celebrated in the center’s newsletter earlier this year.

Meantime, the West Seattle center’s board president David Robertson told WSB this past week that they “continue to work on this issue.”

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Would you know human trafficking if you saw it? West Seattle Democratic Women’s awareness campaign continues http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/would-you-know-human-trafficking-if-you-saw-it-west-seattle-democratic-womens-awareness-campaign-continues/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/would-you-know-human-trafficking-if-you-saw-it-west-seattle-democratic-womens-awareness-campaign-continues/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:22:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281572

Did you see the signs? West Seattle Democratic Women‘s human-trafficking-awareness campaign is in a new phase with pop-up signage – the sign above was the fifth of six signs displayed Saturday along Harbor Avenue, and you’ll see them again this Thursday, 4-6 pm, on Fauntleroy Way just east of Morgan Junction. Elizabeth Heath, chair of the WSDW campaign, shared the photo and explained that WSDW is displaying the signs “a la the highway ‘Burma Shave’ signs of the past. One message was: Human Trafficking//Near Your Home//Don’t Delay//Pick Up The Phone//For Help, Call 888-3737-888″ – a national hotline to report human trafficking – followed by a sign for WSDW and its website. She adds, “Passersby on foot, on bikes, and in cars showed support by waving, blinking lights, or stopping by to learn more about the issue. You can expect to see these folks and their signs on various busy West Seattle streets over the next six weeks. Here’s a chance to learn more about Human Trafficking and how you can make a difference.” WSDW’s campaign has its own page on the group’s website, here. Not sure you would know human trafficking if you saw it? Some basic info is on this brochure from another local organization, Seattle Against Slavery.

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Followup: Words of gratitude from West Seattle Senior Center’s board president and ousted director http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-words-of-gratitude-from-west-seattle-senior-centers-board-president-and-ousted-director/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/followup-words-of-gratitude-from-west-seattle-senior-centers-board-president-and-ousted-director/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 05:15:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281543 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Three weeks ago, we reported on the sudden ouster of the longtime director of the Senior Center of West Seattle, Karen Sisson, news that shocked and saddened many community members – one of whom even picketed.

While the center owns its own building and has its own board of directors, its staff/administration is through the citywide nonprofit Senior Services, which would not comment on the reason for Sisson’s dismissal. Less than a week after her termination, the West Seattle board declared it had voted full confidence in her leadership, and its president Dave Robertson stressed that they were pressing for answers.

We’ve been asked what’s happened since then. Here’s what Robertson told WSB today:

As board President of the West Seattle Senior Center, I would like to thank the West Seattle community for its support to the Senior Center and to Karen Sisson. The Board of Directors of West Seattle Senior Center is hopeful that it will be able to amicably resolve issues with Senior Services, and in the meantime, the Senior Center does not want to lose Karen’s talents and experience in helping seniors in West Seattle.

The Senior Center has been an integral part of the West Seattle community for 40 years, and Karen has been Center Director for more than 25 of those years. Karen’s dedication to seniors and to the Center is without question. Her work is phenomenal. As we continue to work on this issue, we thank you for your support and patience.

Since our last followup, we also made contact with Karen Sisson, who had her own words of thanks:

I have so appreciated the support from the community, it is overwhelming to me.

I am also overwhelmed with the loss of my job, working to better the world of seniors in West Seattle. I have always loved my work, the connection to the community and with the seniors individually. It is so rewarding to see what staff can do to change the course of their world.

Above all, I would ask that the community continue to support the Center and its staff during this transition period. Your support of the Center is the only reason it has been so successful. The West Seattle board is strong and has strong leadership under David Robertson, and Nancy Sorensen who actually used to be president of the SS board. They have some very hard decisions to make and i wish them well in that process.

In the meantime, I will volunteer for Aylene the Stop n’ Shop manager, and assist the board should they request.

While neither Senior Services nor Sisson elaborated on the reason given for letting her go, Robertson said in his first public statement that it had to do with an e-mail.

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Reader report: Launch day for the ‘Candy Unicorn Mini Mart’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/reader-report-launch-day-for-the-candy-unicorn-mini-mart/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/reader-report-launch-day-for-the-candy-unicorn-mini-mart/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:04:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281245

The latest tale of West Seattle kids’ summer creativity is courtesy of Meighan. When she e-mailed to let us know about this, we were in the middle of covering breaking news – but we suggested perhaps a wrap-up report could be made available later. She obliged:

Who doesn’t like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day? Combine that with a Unicorn and what could be better?

Four budding, local entrepreneurs, Brendan, Cashen, Catie, and Sabin, hit the streets Thursday at the corner of Stevens and 45th to realize their vision of the next generation of lemonade stands. The Mini Mart. The Candy Unicorn Mini Mart, no less.

They strategized about the venture for days. They took out a small business loan from Brendan and Catie’s nanny for $11, and convinced her to take them to the local Safeway to procure materials.

They scoped out a location a few block from both of their houses. They meticulously planned each detail. Pricing, signage, and unique combo meals of pretzels, cookies and lemonade. The night before the opening, they confided to their parents, that if all went as planned they would end up on the West Seattle Blog. These kids dream big.

They opened up shop and thirsty west-siders flocked to the stand, many of which were on the way to the hot Caspar Babypants concert at Hiawatha. Their hard work paid off with a 10x return on investment.

When we asked the young entrepreneurs about whether this was a one-time gig, they responded, “No, definitely not, we will open shop again on random days, at random times at the same location.” So keep a look out for the Candy Unicorn Mini Mart.

Moral of the story? A lemonade stand is never “just” a lemonade stand.

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Memorial on Saturday for Betty Lee Marks Broughton, 1929-2014 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/memorial-on-saturday-for-betty-lee-marks-broughton-1929-2014/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:37:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=281147 A memorial service is planned this Saturday morning (August 2nd) for longtime West Seattleite Betty Broughton, who died Monday at age 85. Her family shares this remembrance:

Betty Lee Marks Broughton was born on February 18, 1929 in Missoula, Montana to Cleve and Ora Marks.

Her early childhood was spent on a 10,000-acre working family ranch in Townsend, Montana where both of her parents were born. She attended first grade at a mining camp in York, Montana where her father found work. She has two younger brothers, James and Michael, who were also born in Montana.

After the mine closed, the family moved to Helena, Montana where her father went to work for the Social Security Dept. In 1941, when she was 12 years old, the family moved to Seattle where her father went to work at Todd Shipyards building boats for the US Navy during WWII. She attended 7th grade at Beacon Hill Grade School and when the High Point Housing Projects were completed for the WWII industrial workers, her family moved there. Every day she walked to the Cooper School where she attended eighth grade. It was there she developed several lifelong friendships with her classmates, who still gather every Wednesday for dinner at the Chelan Cafe in West Seattle.

When her father’s next job took him to Everett, she stayed with Harold and Pearl Broughton, who lived a block from West Seattle High School, where she attended 9th grade until she graduated in 1947. After school and on Saturdays, she took the bus downtown for her part-time job at Frederick & Nelson, and gave the money she made to her host family. After graduation, she married Harold and Pearl’s son, Charles “Bud” Broughton, who had also graduated from West Seattle High School. In 1949, they bought their home on 47th Avenue where she raised her four children who graduated from WSHS: Tim in ‘66, Mary in ‘69, Joyce in ‘70, and LeeAnn in ‘72.

While her children were in school, she attended night classes at Edison Technical School on Broadway in Seattle where she learned her secretarial skills. After employment at several local construction companies, she worked at Loyal Lumber Co. on First Avenue South where she retired from in 1991. Betty has always been a huge fan of University of Washington Husky Football. For many years she attended both their home and away games. She was an active member of the American Legion Drill Team for many years travelling throughout Washington for both competitions and parades. She has volunteered for many years serving as the WSHS Alumni Association Secretary, where she retained the title of first-ever Board Member Emeritus. She also served as the Class of 1947 representative for what seems like eons.

Betty was preceded in death, by her brother, James Marks. She is survived by her brother, Michael Marks of Renton, WA. Betty is survived by five children: Tim Broughton and wife, Karen, of Kettle Falls, WA; Mary Ross and husband, Jerry, of Keller, WA; Joyce Olson and husband, Darrell, of Silverdale, WA; LeeAnn Nicholas and husband, Rick, of Deer Park, WA; and Tom Mullins and wife, Laurie, of Issaquah, WA. She is survived by three grandchildren: Nicole McCulla, Travis Broughton, and Nic Broughton. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Bianca Hernandez, Rory Broughton, Corinna McCulla, and Shane Meek.

Services will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, at Evergreen Washelli at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the West Seattle High School Alumni Association, 4742 42nd Ave SW, #215, Seattle, WA 98116.

(WSB publishes obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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Congratulations! Denny-to-Sealth scholar Jasmine Smith wins national spelling competition http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-denny-to-sealth-scholar-jasmine-smith-wins-national-spelling-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/congratulations-denny-to-sealth-scholar-jasmine-smith-wins-national-spelling-competition/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:01:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280898 Midway through her summer between leaving Denny International Middle School and entering Chief Sealth International High School, 14-year-old Jasmine Smith has achieved something big – winning the “Spell It Like It Is” competition at a national summit for youth mentors.

The news comes from Denny principal Jeff Clark and from mentoring leaders Hazel Cameron and Donald Cameron from the 4C Coalition. They took a group of six youth, two mentors, and two parents to Orlando, Florida July 18th-21st for the National Alliance of Faith and Justice‘s 6th annual “Take a Stand to Keep a Seat” National Youth Mentoring Training Summit, held in collaboration with the 41st Annual Conference and Training Institute of the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice.

The official announcement explains that, “This summit/conference and training institute officially launched a multi-year national collaborative focus on the cooperation of law enforcement, incarcerated parents, mentors, and youthful stakeholders in reducing the ‘school to prison’ pipeline from America’s classrooms, particularly for African American males.” A key focus is preventing summertime “learning losses” when school is out, and that has led to the Pen Or Pencil Movement (POP). Jasmine studied for the “Spell It Like It Is” spelling competition as part of POP. Last year’s national winner was also from Seattle and also a 4C mentee, Rainier Beach High School student Savannah Bell. Congratulations to 4C, its mentees, and mentors!

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