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November 22, 2017

Special guest speaks at Veteran Days assembly

For the staff and students at Olympic View Middle School, the Veterans Day assembly the other week was an event to remember. They were privileged to hear a personal story from Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Braman, a named hero and survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

Grace Manimtim, 8th grader and an advanced leadership student at Olympic View, and the niece of Braman chaired the assembly.

“For Grace, there is no greater hero than her uncle,” said Heather Scott, one of her teachers.

Braman was working as a cook at the Pentagon on that fateful day. After the plane hit the Pentagon, he returned to the burning building to support rescue efforts, working for 60 hours straight. He saved four lives and recovered dozens of personnel who had died in the tragic event.

For his service, Braman was awarded the Soldiers Medal and the Purple Heart by President George W. Bush in 2001.

Since then, he has traveled around the United States sharing his story, speaking at over 160 events, including five visits to the White House.

Kamiak teacher recognized for outstanding leadership

For the last several years, Kamiak coaches and teachers have worked hard to implement Unified Sports at the school.

Unified Sports is a fast-growing initiative that brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together to play on the same team and to create climates of inclusion, acceptance, and respect.

Special education teacher Georgia McClaskey was recognized recently for her outstanding leadership of Unified Sports and was selected by Special Olympics of Washington to attend the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle this summer. Two students who play on unified teams at Kamiak, Keilana Hamper and Hailey Mukai, also were invited and were chosen by the school’s coaching staff and the athletic director. McClaskey and the students will serve as state unified ambassadors to the event.

Kamiak coach is state swim and dive coach of the year

Chris Erickson, the girls swim coach at Kamiak, has been named Washington State Girls Swim and Dive Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Coaches Association.

He was recognized for being one of the top 10 coaches in the state.

Congratulations to Kamiak music educator

The Washington Music Educators Association recently selected Nancy Duck-Jefferson, choir teacher at Kamiak, as the High School Music Educator of the Year.

She was chosen for her strength and quality of work, for her long-term and extensive leadership at the regional and state level, and as a powerful advocate for music direction.


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