West Seattle High School Foundation breakfast: Starry-eyed

Back from the second annual West Seattle High School Foundation Back-to-School Breakfast – first one with an astronaut alumnus: Posing in the library pre-breakfast in the top photo, it’s Class of ’72 Capt. Gregory Johnson, with (from left) School Board members Michael DeBell and Steve Sundquist, WSHS alum and King County Council Chair Dow Constantine, WSHS principal Bruce Bivins, and district Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Enfield. During the event, Capt. Johnson presented Bivins with the jersey that he took up on shuttle Atlantis last May, signed by staffers who were at WSHS more than a year ago when the jersey was given to him in preparation for the trip:

With Johnson and Bivins, that’s Dick Lee holding the framed jersey, which two student volunteers then carried around the room so breakfast-goers could get a closer look. Asked if he’s going up in space again, Johnson said not on the shuttle, maybe to the International Space Station, or maybe he’ll go back to being a NASA test pilot. We’ll add video from the morning’s festivities and Capt. Johnson’s remarks, including his reply to the question “Do you believe in UFOs?”. (Added 10:26 am: Here are three clips, starting with his answer to that question.)

Johnson also was asked what’s ahead for the space program itself:

Earlier, WSHS band musicians played the fight song to welcome breakfast arrivals:

Purpose of this morning’s event: Fundraising to help get more tools to WSHS and its students, like an interactive “smart board” classroom-participation system shown off during the breakfast. By the way, Capt. Johnson visits one of his other local alma maters, Schmitz Park Elementary, later this morning, during what he called his “hometown visit.” ADDED: Thanks to WSHS Foundation president Christy Rowe for sharing this photo of the ’72 alums in attendance Thursday morning:

1 Reply to "West Seattle High School Foundation breakfast: Starry-eyed"

  • Christy Rowe, WSHS Foundation President September 24, 2009 (12:20 pm)

    Thank-you to the everyone who attended the breakfast this morning. Thanks to the ASB students who assisted, the WS Admin. team, the staff, the parents, the alums, the community! The Breakfast was a very successful event this morning and of course, thank-you Greg Johnson! It’s all about working together for our community high school!

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