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Good News Announcements
Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and the Board of Directors share Good News Announcements, celebrating the accomplishments of our scholars, staff, and the community at school board meetings.
We recognize these achievements at each School Board meeting and publish the announcements in the Good News blog.
Celebrations, Recognitions and Announcements
Good News May 23, 2023Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 5/24/2023
Congratulations to Federal Way High School scholar, Valerie Nieto-Vieyra, for earning 2nd place in the 25th Literacy Contest hosted by the Center of Spanish Studies at the University of Washington in the High School category of poetry for native speakers of Spanish.
Congratulations to Decatur High School scholars who participated in the WIAA/WMEA State Solo and Ensemble Contest, which brings the finest of Washington’s high school music students together to hear each other in a competitive situation.
Carter Mitchell won first place in the Euphonium/Baritone category. Kayla Koo won third place for the Flute-Piccolo category.
We’re proud of our Decatur scholars who placed at this competitive event.
We’re proud of all our mathletes who participated in the 12th annual Federal Way Math Contest for students in grades 4-8! Schools from multiple districts competed in this event.
- Sacajawea Middle School earned 1st Place in the 6th/7th/8th Grade Team Test
- Woodmont K-8 earned 2nd Place in the 4th/5th Grade Team Test
- Kilo Middle School earned 3rd Place in the 6th/7th/8th Grade Team Test
Additionally, we’d like to recognize 13 scholars who placed first through third in the individual math categories:
Asher Bonnah, Chloe Blumberg, Declan Bunting, Ian Lee, Kaiden Shinn, Katelyn Kirschbaum, Keegan Montoya, Loza Fekade, Lyle Lee, Nathaniel Kelley, Shaurya Sharma, Tyler Phan, and Varun Tayi.
We’re proud of our third through fifth grade scholars who participated in the district-wide Battle of the Books! In this competition, scholars answer questions about 12 books they collectively read as a team.
Congratulations to the scholars who placed first through third at the district tournament:
- Camelot Elementary’s team, “The MJ’Z (with a Z)”, earned first place in the district-wide competition.
- In second place, there was a 3-way tie between Enterprise Elementary’s team “Sponge Bob Squarepants”, Internet Academy’s “Internet Invaders”, and Lake Grove Elementary’s “The Golden Dragons”.
- In third place, there was a 2-way tie between Green Gables Elementary’s team “Calculating Cuties” and Valhalla Elementary’s team “The Book Guys v.2”.
Congratulations to our scholar athletes from Federal Way, Todd Beamer, and Thomas Jefferson high schools for signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue their education and athletic pursuits in college.
Congratulations to our scholars from Todd Beamer and Thomas Jefferson high schools for receiving an academic/merit scholarship or accepting a career position to continue their bright futures ahead.
Congratulations to Decatur High School scholar, Iam Tongi, for winning American Idol!
American Idol is an American singing competition that gathers singers from across the country to compete for a record deal with a major label and become the next singing sensation.
Thank you to the 2022-23 Scholar Representatives to the Board!
In Federal Way Public Schools, incorporating student voice is central to informing the work of serving our scholars.
Students from the Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent team presented a recommendation and outlined the application and selection process for the Scholar Representatives to the Board.
The purpose of scholar representatives’ participation at board meetings is to provide valuable input on school district operations.
Good News May 9, 2023Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 5/10/2023
We’d like to recognize our Federal Way Public Schools scholars who participated in the City of Federal Way Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration event and congratulate those scholars who received the Roger Freeman Memorial Award Scholarship from the City of Federal Way Diversity Commission.
Congratulations to the top elementary and middle school scholars, Evelyn and Versabeh, who competed in the Thomas Jefferson Speech and Debate Invitational for Grades 3-8 and won awards.
Congratulations to Federal Way High School scholar, Austin Crawford, for being selected as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) State Athlete of the Week!
Congratulations to our scholar athletes from Federal Way High School and Thomas Jefferson High School for signing their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue their education and athletic pursuit in college.
Good News April 26, 2023Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 4/26/2023
Congratulations to Decatur High School scholar, Ka’Miya Clark, for her documentary’s acceptance into the National Film Festival for Talented Youth in Seattle! NFFTY is a program that supports and connects talented young filmmakers worldwide and is the largest film festival for emerging directors.
Kam also holds a 4.0 grade point average.
Congratulations to Todd Beamer High School scholar, Ollie DeShae Gaines, who has been selected as a featured performer for the Seattle Theatre Group’s 22ndannual More Music concert at the Moore Theater!
Ollie, a.k.a. “Stix” has been playing drums recreationally and professionally for over 15 years in our community.
Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School scholar, Nash Heo, for qualifying for the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad!
Nash is only the third student in TJHS history to qualify to take this test and only 200-250 students across the nation qualify each year.
Congratulations to Federal Way High School scholar, Gracie Patterson, for being selected for the 2023 Puget Sound Educational Service District Regional High School Art Show Outstanding Achievement Award for her digital category entry titled, “A View from Below!”
Congratulations to scholar athletes for advancing to the WIAA Washington State Gymnastics Tournament. Scholars from all four comprehensive high schools advanced this year.
Congratulations to our scholar athletes from Decatur and Federal Way high schools for advancing to the WIAA Washington 4A Boys and Girls State Basketball Tournament.
The Decatur High School girls basketball team set school history for returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2000.
The Federal Way High School boys basketball team also had an incredible season and placed 3rd in the state!Congratulations to our scholars from the Thomas Jefferson High School math team for placing first through third in individual categories in the Mu Alpha Theta State Championship!
Congratulations to our scholars from Decatur, Federal Way, and Thomas Jefferson high schools for advancing to the WIAA Washington State Speech Championships!
We would also like to recognize Graciela Knudsen, from Federal Way High School, for placing 3rd in 4A Informative Speaking.
Congratulations to Ahmad Tirhi, from Sacajawea Middle School, for being selected as the Federal Way Mirror 2023 “Best of Federal Way Middle School Teacher!”We are proud to announce Federal Way High School has been revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School.
We would like to congratulate Kilo Middle School for earning the title of Recognized American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Model Program (RAMP) school!
RAMP recognizes schools committed to delivering comprehensive, data-informed school counselor programs aligned with the ASCA National Model framework. To date, approximately 1,200 schools have earned the RAMP designation throughout the country.
Kilo Middle Schools is the very first middle school in the state of Washington to be recognized for this national title.
Good News March 28, 2023Posted by Gerardo Fernandez on 3/29/2023
Congratulations to the Federal Way Public Academy Knowledge Bowl team for placing 7th in the Washington State Knowledge Bowl Tournament for division – 2B.
The FWPA Knowledge Bowl team: Ho Yeung Chu, Owen Forsman, Winston Nguyen, Andrew Scott, Shay, Smith, and Odessa Von Ruden.The Knowledge Bowl is a state competition where school teams of up to six students use fast-paced thinking and teamwork to answer questions about math, science, history, language skills, literature, music, and geography, plus things like current events.
Congratulations to scholars Jaylah Lara, Ciana Nolasco and Ally Phan from Decatur High School, and Andrew Luu and An Pham from Todd Beamer High School, for placing at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) State Competition by competing with over 4,000 students and qualifying for the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) competition.
DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools around the globe.Additionally, we would like to congratulate the Todd Beamer High School DECA Chapter for winning the Thrive Level recognition to send three scholars to the DECA Thrive Leadership Academy at ICDC.
Congratulations to scholars Roha Thomas. Darshpreet Virk, Sophia Gill, and Rei Smith, who placed at the Federal Way Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from Decatur and Thomas Jefferson high schools.
Congratulations to all our scholar athletes from Decatur, Thomas Jefferson, and Todd Beamer high schools for their success and advancing to the Girls Bowling State Tournament.Congratulations to Chloe Bettelon and Sun Hong from Decatur High School for advancing to the State Bowling Tournament.Congratulations to Brookelyn Dawson, Samiya Gildon, Emily Kropp, Presley Laird, Alena McDugle, and Malia Tewey from Thomas Jefferson High School for placing third in the Team State Bowling Tournament.Congratulations to Jazel Tiquia from Todd Beamer High School for placing 23rd in the Individual State Bowling Tournament.
Congratulations to Alex Nguyen, Andrew Ngueyn, Thomas Sinn, and Ethan Tandio from Todd Beamer High School scholar athletes for their success and advancing to the Boys Swimming State Tournament for three events:
- The 200 Medley Relay
- 200 Freestyle
- and 100 Butterfly event
Congratulations to all four of our comprehensive high school scholars for their success and advancing to the Boys and Girls Wrestling Mat Classic State Tournament.Congratulations to Boys Wrestling: Nehemiah Washington, Christopher Trevino, Kayle Bearson, and Sekou Bangoura.Congratulations to Girls Wrestling: Silaulau Alefaio, Cheyenne Wakeham, Dyvhette Fonoti, and Aissata Bangoura.
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