Good News: February 11, 2020

Posted by Nicole Soto on 2/12/2020 9:30:00 AM


88% of last year's 8th graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship Program

Federal Way Public Schools is pleased to report 1,026 — or 88 percent — of last year’s eligible eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30 deadline. 

The Washington Student Achievement Council has recognized Federal Way Public Schools as one of the top school districts to exceed the statewide average sign-up rate of 72 percent. 

We would like to acknowledge the work of our district leaders Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dani Pfeiffer and Executive Director of College, Career Readiness and CTE Sammy Anderson, and members of the College and Career Readiness team.

We’d also like to acknowledge our middle schools for their effort which has earned them the Gold Star Award. 

  • Dean of Students Steve Anderson, Federal Way Public Academy 
  • Principal Brianna Ward, Illahee 
  • Assistant Principal Crystal Emerson, Kilo 
  • Principal Angela Williamson, Lakota 
  • Principal Stacy Lucas, Nautilus K–8 
  • Principal Dominique Dennis, Sacajawea 
  • Principal Joseph Rush, Sequoyah 
  • Principal Christina Spencer, TAF@Saghalie 
  • Principal Shana Watkins, Totem 
  • Principal Jordanne Nevin, Woodmont K–8 

The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school by June 30 and fulfill the College Bound pledge. Thanks for all you do to support scholars persisting to graduation and beyond! 

College Bound Scholarship group

 Fourth grade scholars excel in Federal Way Math Contest

The annual Federal Way Math Contest is designed to reward excellence in mathematics. Our fourth through eighth grade students placed very well against 200 students from schools around the region. 

We'd like to recognize the following scholars: 

  • Crosby Snow, 4th grade, 2nd place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 
  • Leo Von Ruden, 4th grade, 3rd place in Individual 
  • Solomon Kim, 6th grade, 1st place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 
  • Justin Lee, 7th grade, 2nd place Ciphering and 2nd place Individual 
  • Nash Heo, 8th grade, 1st place Ciphering and 1st place Individual 

Congratulations, math-scholars for striving towards content area competence and subject mastery — Goal 4 of our strategic plan. We are proud of you! 

Math Contest winners


Federal Way scholars place well in Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament

Our scholars placed well at the Thomas Jefferson Invitational Speech and Debate tournament against 120 students from 16 schools across the region. Federal Way Public Schools was represented by students from TAF@Saghalie and Decatur, Todd Beamer, Thomas Jefferson and Federal Way high schools. 

These engaged, empowered, critical thinkers placed in the following categories: 

  • Kobe Taylor, Oratory, 2nd Place and Informative, 3rd Place 
  • Ankita Sharma, Oratory, 3rd Place 
  • Cindy Kibue and Joshua Navos, Duo, 2nd Place 
  • Lisette Octaviano, Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Place 


We would also like to recognize the speech coaches who helped put on the tournament: Isaiah Parker and Meykia Smith from Thomas Jefferson High School and Paul Sealey from Federal Way High School. Congratulations speech-scholars and coaches — we are proud of you!

Speech and Debate winners

Two scholars selected for prestigious Air Force scholarship

Two Federal Way Public Schools students are among 200 cadets from around the world selected for the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Flight Academy Scholarship! 

Todd Beamer High School Junior Alexis Lewis and Federal Way High School Senior Patricia Kimball. 

The program is an Air Force level initiative in collaboration with the commercial aviation industry. The scholarship, valued at $22,500, covers transportation, room and board, academics and flight hours required to potentially earn a private pilot license. 

Patricia is currently participating in an afterschool aeronautical science pathway program held at the Museum of Flight and offered through the Puget Sound Skills Center. She is earning college credit in this program. 

Congratulations to our scholars for persisting towards graduation, Goal 5 of the strategic plan! 

Air Force ROTC Scholarship Recipients