West Seattle, Washington
It’s been a while since our last update on West Seattle’s “Archer Addy,” who’s been notching archery achievements for a long time despite her young age. Erik and Tracy Nachtrieb shared this news:
11-year-old Addison “Archer Addy” Nachtrieb, a Schmitz Park Elementary student, won the NFAA 3D National Archery Championship and she was awarded the highest-scoring female of all age groups for the second year in a row. This year she also set the NFAA National scoring record for her age division, the last record being held for 10 years.
After 21 total hours of shooting over 3 days, in 90F+ weather, and after shooting a 6-hour Pro-AM the day before the three day National Tournament, Addy held it together over miles of rugged terrain and hills along the shooting course to only drop 7 points! Addy shot 1533 out of a perfect score of 1540! An amazing feat for an 11-year-old.
Addy has been shooting for 3 years and logs over 18,000 practice arrows a year. She recently placed 3rd in the World Archery Festival, 4th in the US Indoor National Championships, has had a book written about her first year in archery, and has recently been brought on as Pro Staff for ArcherZUpshot.
(WSB photo from MCHS High Point’s 2014 graduation ceremony at The Hall @ Fauntleroy)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
With just a few weeks to go in the school year, Seattle Public Schools has abruptly announced that one of its high schools in West Seattle won’t reopen next year.
In a letter dated May 18th, the district told families that it’s closing alternative Middle College High School‘s High Point campus, also known as the School for Social Justice and Community Engagement, after almost 20 years, citing declining enrollment. (If you’re not familiar with the overall MCHS program, it’s explained here.)
A statement on MCHS’s staff-maintained website suggests they’re not going without a fight:
The faculty and staff at Middle College High Point are very disappointed with this decision and are working with our community supporters, parents and students to prepare an organized response to this decision and to challenge the justification for closure.
It’s only been three years since MCHS’s West Seattle program went through a major transition:
A thief stole Cynthia‘s scooter overnight:
2009 Genuine Buddy Scooter (orange) with trunk box stolen last night/this morning on the 8100 block of 13th, between Elmgrove and Thistle. [map] License Plate is 4B9633. Police report has been filed under incident number: 2015-169636
If you see it, call 911 and refer to that case number.
SIDE NOTE: We just checked the incident-response map and so far that’s the only vehicle theft reported in this area today.
This weekend, be part of a Memorial Day tradition – get an American Legion poppy. West Seattle’s Auxiliary Unit 160 president Andrea Geraghty and Post 160 adjutant Kyle Geraghty (a Marine Corps veteran) were at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) this morning with Tom Bucy (an Army veteran), assisted by their daughter Ana. Post 160 will be there until 4 today and again 8 am-4 pm on Sunday, offering the veteran-made poppies and accepting donations. Post 160 and VFW Post 2713 also will partner for Monday’s Memorial Day service/ceremony at Forest Lawn (WSB sponsor), where flags now adorn veterans’ graves:
Local Scouts place them each year and will also assist at Monday’s event, which starts at 2 pm and will be followed by a community reception at the Legion Hall (3618 SW Alaska) in The Triangle.
(Photo by Long Bach Nguyen – click image to see larger version)
The summertime tour season at Alki Point Lighthouse (lower left in the photo above) is starting early. Debra Alderman from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary says they had to make sure they’d have enough volunteers for this weekend – they do, and so it’s on:
FREE lighthouse tours this weekend! The Alki Point Lighthouse begins its tour season this weekend! We will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. First tour is at 1 p.m.; last tour enters at 3:40 p.m. We will be open most Saturdays and Sundays between now and Labor Day. Three days this summer that we will NOT be open: June 13, August 1, and August 2. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteers provide tours free of charge. Location: 3201 Alki Avenue SW. Visit our website for tour information and updates: cgauxseattle.org
Find out more about the lighthouse in this WSB story from its centennial year (2013).
If you saw a big group of bicycle riders this past hour or so in Westwood or Fauntleroy – this is probably who you saw: The Denny-Lincoln Bicycle Classic‘s almost 50 riders. Biggest group yet, the ride leaders announced as they gave everyone a big round of safety reminders before taking off from the path on the north side of Denny International Middle School (2601 SW Kenyon).
After heading out on the western path through the Denny-Sealth campus, they mustered on 26th SW, bound for SW Thistle. This, by the way, is the third annual Denny-Lincoln ride – so named because the destination is Lincoln Park, where the group planned a lunchtime barbecue.
(WSB photo from a recent misty morning)
Happy Saturday! From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
AMERICAN LEGION MEMORIAL DAY POPPIES: 8 am-4 pm today and tomorrow, American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 will distribute traditional Memorial Day poppies at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), as previewed here. (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan)
TAI CHI AT ALKI: 9 am, free, with Lao-Shi Caylen Storm. Details here.
DENNY-LINCOLN BIKE RIDE: 10 am, an all-ages group from the Denny International Middle School community takes off on the annual ride, which ends with a barbecue at Lincoln Park. Cheer ’em if you see ’em.
EVERYBODY IN THE WATER! Highland Park Spraypark and Colman Pool both open for the first time this season. The spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm daily starting today; Colman Pool (on the Lincoln Park shore) is open at noon for the first day of its first pre-season weekend; details and schedule links here.
COMEDY AT THE LONGHOUSE: 7 pm at the Duwamish Tribe Longhouse, comedian Chad Charlie, with humor, poetry, and surprise guests. $8 suggested donation; details in our calendar listing. (4705 W. Marginal Way SW)
LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT: Listings for C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), the West Seattle Eagles, and The Skylark – all on our calendar. Plus one more listing that came in via e-mail from the singer in the band:
Seattle’s Original Cheap Trick Tribute Band, In Color, is doing its first public appearance in 10 years! Live, for one night only!! We’re still the same four wild ‘n’ crazy guys and promise you a fun + exciting evening of rock ‘n’ roll surprises + musical hijinks.
The Feedback Lounge in Wayout West Seattle is hosting the party … please join us!!
!! NO COVER !!
That’s tonight at 9 pm. (6451 California SW)
PHOTO SESSIONS TO BENEFIT FIRE VICTIMS: Happening today and Monday, as a benefit for victims of the recent Pelly Place multi-house fire:
What: 15-20 minute photography mini-session with your family or loved one to raise money for the West Seattle fire victims: A few amazing professional images of your loved ones delivered via an online gallery.
Where: Lincoln Park near the south parking lot, closest to the ferries.
Price: This is donation-based and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the fire victims to help sustain during this difficult time while insurance claims are hashed out. My mini sessions are valued at 200.00 each and with a donation of 50.00 or more, you get some gorgeous images and can feel good that your donation will be used to help rebuild the lives of those struck with tragedy in our backyard.
E-mail photographer Katie DeLorme at email@example.com directly for questions/scheduling
(WSB photo: From left, WSHS’s Charli Elliott and Annalisa Ursino, with Ballard’s Savannah Furia sliding into 2nd)
Next up for the West Seattle High School softball team: State tournament play in Lacey on Friday, after their fourth-place finish in the district tournament at Southwest Athletic Complex last night. In a rematch of the Metro League final a week earlier, Ballard HS went home with the win over the Wildcats, 7-1. WSHS put the ball in play against Ballard pitcher Sage Nicholson more than they had last time, but not enough to get on the scoreboard in a big way. Charli Elliott pitched, with WSHS’s Gabby Wenn still out with an injury; Elliott also got the RBI for the Wildcats’ lone run, which was scored by Lucy Mead. The state-tournament brackets aren’t out yet; we’ll update with the WSHS game time and opponent when they are.