Good News: October 8, 2019

Posted by Ashley Ranan on 10/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

TJHS student earns Athlete of the Week Award

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson High School’s Hailey Still who was recently recognized as Athlete of the Week by CenturyLink and the Seattle Seahawks! The recognition includes a $1,000 check for Thomas Jefferson athletics and tickets for Hailey and her family to attend a Seahawks game where she will be recognized.

We would also like to recognize Athletic Director Mike Grady and other administrators.

Each year 10 student athletes are selected for this recognition based off their commitment to academics, athletic achievement, and leadership both on and off the field.

As captain of the soccer team this season, Hailey is leading the team in scoring with 15 goals so far this season. She is a two- time Federal Way Mirror newspaper athlete of the year. Also, last season Hailey was nominated for first team all-league in soccer, basketball and fastpitch.

Hailey, as a scholar-athlete, you demonstrate how important it is be an active learner, engaged, empowered, critical thinker goal 3 of our strategic plan!

 Hailey Still image


TJHS’ Math Team places among top ten in National Math Competition for 25th consecutive year

The Thomas Jefferson High School math team placed ninth at the Annual Mu Alpha Theta National Math Contest! The weeklong event brought together the nation’s top 50 high school math teams to compete in a series of individual and group tests.

We would also like to recognize Math coach Tom Norris and administrators.

This year marks the 25th consecutive year Thomas Jefferson has placed among the top 10 schools in the nation. Also, Lorel Ramirez placed first and Mason King placed second in Gemini Theta, and Zach Botz placed third in Mental Math Open.

This legacy of excellence is in direct support of the district’s strategic plan goal 4, content area competence: mastery of all subjects.

Congratulations, we are so proud of you!

TJHS Math Team  


Six FWPS scholars intern for highly-competitive Washington State Department of Ecology program

We are proud of our scholars who interned for the highly- competitive Washington State Department of Ecology Youth Corps program! In operation since 1975, this year the program hired 250 teens from across the state from an applicant pool of nearly 3,000. Our Federal Way Public Schools scholars claimed six of these spots. We would like to recognize: 

  • Jaliyah McKay
  • Eiler Wiggins
  • Faith Chung
  • Kiarah Fernandez
  • Naialah Keys
  • Jonah Mizrah

Teens take to the local major highways and freeways to clean-up the roadside environment. The program instills the importance of responsibility, independence, teamwork and self-sufficiency. This is a valuable skillset our scholars can use in school and future jobs and supports our strategic plan goal 3 — active learners, engaged, empowered critical thinkers. Way to make a difference, scholars!

Ecology Interns


ITS scholar-interns earn Hewlett Packard certification

Congratulations to our Information Technology Services Department scholar-interns who have received industry standard Hewlett Packard (HP) Certification. This indicates they have a high-level knowledge in computer hardware and Windows-based operating systems. This is a valuable skillset our scholars can use in school and future jobs.

We would like to recognize the following students:

  • Bogdan Gavrilyuk
  • Janice Ku
  • Grace Buchanan
  • Grace Chong
  • Benjamin Philipose
  • Douglas Johnston
  • Luqman Shibly
  • Max Eager

We would also like to recognize Chief Technology Officer Paul Ross and other administrators. This effort is in support of strategic plan goal 4 — content area competence.

ITS Interns