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FWPS celebrates scholar, staff and community at 2021 WASA 110 Recognition Awards 

Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) had the privilege of recognizing the great contributions of a scholar, staff and a community member through the 2021 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) 110 Recognition Awards on May 21, 2021. The following leaders were honored for their positive impact on our scholars and families:

The WASA Student Achievement Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Tammy Campbell, Superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools. This award recognizes select WASA members who have provided leadership for innovation that resulted in measurable growth in student achievement. Dr. Campbell earned this award as a result of her work implementing Graduation Assurance Committees at every high school. These committees monitor students not on track to graduate and work with scholars and families to get them back on track. As a result, graduation rates have continued to rise, with the highest rate of 88.2% for the Class of 2020. Opportunity gaps are also beginning to close, and for the Class of 2020, every racial group was within 5% of the district average, graduating higher than the state average. FWPS graduates also have one of the highest college-going and persistence rates in the region, with 87% of scholars attending a postsecondary institution continuously enrolled.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Gerald Smiley, founder and CEO of Chip-in, for the significant impact he and his organization made for scholars and families during the 2020-21 school year. FWPS is grateful for Gerald and Chip-in’s support, which includes organizing a fundraiser that raised $43,092.75 toward computers for scholars, partnering to help distribute 15,000 pounds of food and essential supplies to 125 families, and raising $7,000 to provide 300 turkeys to FWPS families.

WASA Student Leadership Award was presented to Amy Ojeaburu, Thomas Jefferson High School senior. Amy has consistently demonstrated leadership qualities that exemplify integrity, a strong work ethic, and commitment to equity. She has participated in multiple student leadership groups, including Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), and Scholar Advisory to the Superintendent. She is also a gifted writer and speaker, and serves as co-president of the speech and debate team, where she is a top-performer at local, state and national events.

Twenty-Year Award and the Retirement Award were presented to Sally McLean, in recognition of her years of service. Sally is retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year after 33 years working as a school administrator in public education, with the last 20 years serving Federal Way Public Schools.

FWPS truly appreciates these leaders and is proud to recognize them for their work benefiting scholars and families across the district. Their contributions help ensure each and every scholar has a voice, a dream, and a bright future.